WENATCHEE — The “wurst” restaurant in Wenatchee just opened downtown — and it also might be the smallest.

Wurst on the Ave is a hotdog stand tucked into the front of the Savings and Loan Building on the corner of Palouse Street and Wenatchee Avenue. Owner Lisa Sanchez opened for business last month.

As one of the only quick-bite options in the downtown core, Sanchez hopes to serve the people who live and work in the area, she said.

“I walk downtown fairly often to get some exercise and there’s several options for going in and sitting down, but I thought ‘I wonder why there’s not a taco truck or something down here?’” she said. “So when I saw this sliding window I thought ‘What a perfect place to have some hot dogs, something quick.”

Sanchez has been in the food service industry for most of her life and her family had a restaurant in Leavenworth for many years, she said. She’s been eyeing this small space for years, and finally the timing lined up to open something there.

“A couple years ago I thought about putting this here, and then it was available and I was available so it worked,” she said.

Now Sanchez serves hot dogs, bratwursts, potato salad, snow cones and lemonade every weekday from 11:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m.

One of her most popular fares is the Smokey Joe, a ½-pound kielbasa with smoky mayonnaise.

“That makes it unique because usually when you think sausages, you think stone-ground mustard and sauerkraut,” she said.

Sanchez stores, preps and serves just about everything from her small shop, which is “much different” from the restaurants she’s worked in before, she said.

But the window? That’s always been the fun part for her.

“I started working a drive-in window when I was 14 and I absolutely loved it,” she said. “I’ve been telling my family for many years that I’d like to just have a drive-up or walk-up window, like when I was young. So I enjoy it, it’s fun and people are usually in a good mood.”

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