Costume designer Ellen Lutter met Tom Anderson, the movie electrician who would become her husband, on the set of Friday the 13th Part II. Since then, theyve been putting in sixteen- to-eighteen-hour days and spending weeks apart on location, looking for a way out of the motion-picture industry.
Salvation has come in the unexpected form of Willies, the Park Slope hot-dog joint the couple plans to open this Friday. The idea was to try something else while were still functioning adults, says Anderson, who cant quite explain the Hollywood-to-hot-dogs transition other than to say, as only a restaurant rookie can, It sounded easy. After some comparison tasting, Anderson and Lutter settled on Karl Ehmer all-beef, natural casing franks, which will be served on home-baked buns (challah, rye, or multigrain), with sides like Yonah Schimmels knishes and house-made fries and onion rings. But the place is dedicated to more than one type of dog: Along with the wiener wall mural, theres also a collection of dioramas dedicated to rescued dogs. In time, the space will operate as a gallery-clearinghouse for abandoned animals in need of good homes. Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld
Willies Dawgs, 351 Fifth Ave., nr. 5th St., Park Slope, Brooklyn; 718-832-2941.
Scheduled to open February 16.