CRANFORD, NJ - Can you get more “Americana” than hot dogs and a town like Cranford?  Paying homage to both, the township’s newest restaurant, The Grandstand, is set to open its doors on April 8, serving up gourmet grandstand-style food—with a twist.

For starters, The Grandstand is taking that all-American staple—the hot dog—to new levels of culinary delight.  Take the Mac Daddy, an all-beef frank topped with three-cheese mac and cheese, crispy bacon bits and buttery toasted panko, or the Deli Dog, which has sauerkraut, melted swiss and a signature aioli wrapped in Jewish rye bread. Both are on the franks menu. You can also “BYOD”—build your own dog—with your favorite toppings.

But as owners Frank and Sara-Britt Williams will attest, there’s more to The Grandstand than a really (really) good dog. The menu also includes a great kids menu, grass-fed burgers, specialty fries, and salads made with organic produce, such as the Aviator, where crisp romaine lettuce is topped with house-made Parmesan polenta croutons, shaved asiago cheese and creamy Caesar vinaigrette.

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These life-long residents of Cranford have worked hard to keep things local from bread baked by Breadsmith to the décor, including walls adorned with wood pallets donated by Dryer Farms and The Home Depot, as well as nostalgic photos of their hometown. 

Others in the local area played a role in getting The Grandstand off the ground too. Gia Pozi, Anna Silva and the "Blueprint" ad agency graphic design class from Arthur L. Johnson in Clark helped with the logo, placemats and menu board, noted the Williams.

“We’ve always had the love of cooking and wanted to open a place that is family friendly for the community we both grew up in,” said Frank and Sara-Britt.

Opening day for the Grandstand, located at 101 North Avenue West, is April 8. See the full menu and hours online at