Re:Grote & Weigel closing
Indeed, very sad. And, indeed, interesting. I think the best choice for those New Jersey Texas Weiner joints using the Grote & Weigel pork/beef would be a pork/beef Thumann's suitable for the grill. However, I suspect this dog is more expensive than the analogous G & W.
Insofar as Father & Son, Linden, N.J., well, they're the only frankfurter emporium in N.J. I know of using the all-beef natural casing Grote & Weigel, a very fine dog in the East Coast deli, all beef tradition. I think their best choice would be a Best Provision (Newark), all beef, natural casing, eight to a pound, or the Hatfield all-beef n/c meant to compete in that segment. Of course, Boar's Head, n/c all beef 8's would be good, too, but, I again surmise, more expensive.