Terry and Deb Kramer

Montana couple Terry and Deb Kramer plan to open a Frugals drive-thru restaurant in Nampa at the site of the Squeaky Clean Car Wash.

NAMPA — Montana couple Terry and Deb Kramer plan to bring a popular Washington fast food chain to the Treasure Valley.

By early 2018, the couple will be the owners of a Frugals drive-thru burger restaurant on 12th Avenue at the site where Squeaky Clean Car Wash now sits.

Terry Kramer said the car wash closed last week and will be demolished starting Monday. In its place will be the award-winning hamburger chain Frugals, which has been around for about 30 years, but has had more prominence in Washington than Idaho.

As the owner of a construction company, Terry Kramer built another restaurant right next to a Frugals, and said he thought it was a “dynamite business.” When he heard the fast food chain was looking to franchise, he and Deb thought they would combine their talents — Terry with his knowledge of construction, and Deb with her experience as a retired banker.

The couple had their eye on the Treasure Valley for the location of the new Frugals, but they chose Nampa because it felt more like home. This will not be the first business Terry and Deb Kramer have owned, and they like to get involved in the communities they have businesses in.

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“This is what we do,” Terry Kramer said.

Construction is expected to begin in mid-September, and Terry Kramer said when finished, it will have a style similar to restaurants of the ‘50s, with chrome walls and neon lights. It will be a drive-thru only restaurant, with two lanes on either side of the building.

Terry Kramer said the food will be inexpensive, but still high quality. He said other locations have won awards for their burgers, fries and milkshakes, because the business strives for fresh, rather than focusing on more superficial things.

The menu will be mainly traditional: burgers, fries and shakes, Deb Kramer said. However, there will be specialty milkshakes and hamburgers every month, with changing flavors for people to try. Terry Kramer said the restaurant will also have chicken sandwiches and a halibut sandwich that he thinks is amazing.

Erin Bamer is the city of Nampa reporter. Contact her at 208-286-5783, or ebamer@idahopress.com. Follow on Twitter @ErinBamer.

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