Archeologists from Tunxis Community College are excavating rubble from the former Frankies Restaurant on Route 6 in the hopes they can find hidden industrial treasures, and preserve them for future generations.
The rubble is so high and scattered over the lot that Mount Everest Sherpa’s are guiding the archaeologists through the maze of destruction. To date the excavation has produced napkins, straws, hotdog buns and burger patties. Carbon dating suggests the burger patties date back to the 1970s when the property was home to Burger Chef, and when fast-food restaurants cooked with real beef.
Two archeologists are lost within the rubble of the 2,373 square-foot building made from clapboard, drywall and asphalt shingle roofing. They are believed to have fallen into a crevasse or became wedged within the dirt and rock mound.
Due to winter conditions, a search and rescue operation will not be conducted until spring. The Sherpa guides suspect the missing archeologists are surviving by gnawing on the raw hotdogs they found prior to their disappearance.
Complicating the rescue is the City of Bristol wants to register the rubble as a historically significant cultural landmark, which would mean nothing can be touched or altered including the missing.
A prayer vigil was established in the adjacent Hobby Lobby parking lot, but for Sunday’s when the giant arts and crafts store is closed for religious observations.