Ken Maltby is a native Apopkan who wanted to bring "something different" to his hometown, and today he will accomplish his goal by opening Apopka's newest restaurant, Charlie Graingers.
The grand opening is today at 11:00 AM. Yesterday, the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting event which was attended by Mayor Joe Kilsheimer and City Commissioner Kyle Becker.
"Thanks for making an investment in Apopka," said Kilsheimer to Maltby. "Judging by how much people love brisket in Apopka, I think you'll do well."
"It's exciting we have another restaurant option in Apopka," said Becker. "Charlie Grangers is a quality choice with a great menu, and a great location."
Maltby says he chose Charlie Graingers after evaluating other franchise opportunities.
“I was raised in Apopka but moved to Amelia Island when I was in junior high school,” he said. “My grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles all graduated from Apopka High School. We are excited to bring this new but simple concept to Apopka and will be adding two more locations in the near future."
Charlie Graingers' menu features 18 different hot dog items with names such as the Peacock, the Mailman, the Emerald Coast, the Wildcat, the Jamaican, the Cape Fear and many more, including the Blue Darter and the Orange County.
If you are not a big hot dog fan, that is OK, since Charlie Graingers also offers "housemade sandwiches", salads and sides.
Charlie Graingers is a fairly new company with five locations in North Carolina and two each in Florida, Mississippi and South Carolina, but the company has big plans to open more than 100 locations in Florida.