Some Fenway fans apparently have insatiable appetites — but not necessarily for baseball.
Hoping to capitalize on Red Sox Nation’s hunger for Fenway Franks, the organization plans to start selling the famous hot dogs outside the ballpark, at a Lansdowne Street concession stand. Even when a game isn’t on the menu.
Boston’s Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday gave unanimous approval for the stand, which will also serve other food and nonalcoholic beverages. The opening date and hours of operation have not been set, but the Red Sox plan to have it up and running this season, said spokeswoman Zineb Curran.
The stand will be contained within the ballpark structure, near Gate C, facing a street that is open to the public. That is in contrast to the club-controlled concession outposts a block away on Yawkey Way, where the team sets up a gated enclosure for ticket holders four hours before the first pitch.
Fenway Franks, made by Chelsea-based Kayem Foods Inc., already are available in supermarkets.
The hot dog stand will join the Yawkey Way food court, which is the centerpiece of a deal with the Boston Redevelopment Authority that will cost the Sox $7.3 million over the next 10 years. That arrangement also includes access to public air space, where the club built additional seating behind the Green Monster wall in left field. Because the Fenway Frank stand will be located on ballpark property, the team will not have to pay the city additional money.
But while Fenway Frank aficionados may be salivating at the prospect of chowing down on nongame days, sausage seller Artin Kouyoumdjian wondered how it might affect his livelihood. Kouyoumdjian suggested the cost of the Sox’s new outpost might be borne by the 18 private vendors — including him — who pay for licenses to sell concessions and souvenirs on the streets around Fenway Park.
“It doesn’t matter how we feel,” he said. “They’re the Red Sox. We can’t do anything about it.”