JK’s restaurant in Danbury is for sale after 98 years

DANBURY — A spouse and children-owned restaurant that got its begin providing two scorching canines and a cup of coffee for 25 cents and turned 1 of the city’s legendary eateries is for sale so the house owners can “enjoy lifestyle a minimal.”

“In this company, you have to put 100 percent into it and we often set 100 % into it,” stated Peter Koukos, whose grandfather and grand uncle began JK’s Authentic Texas Incredibly hot Weiners on White Road in 1924. “We are not retiring due to the fact we are burned out — the business enterprise is heading solid, but it is time to enjoy lifetime a small.”

Koukos, 62, is referring to a relatives-operate small business which survived the Excellent Depression, Entire world War II, the flood of 1955 and the coronavirus pandemic by serving quintessential spouse and children fare at good rates. The menu at JK’s cafe, which has been on South Road for 48 many years, attributes cheeseburgers, club sandwiches and grinders — all for underneath $12.

“The pandemic didn’t have an impact on us at all,” explained Koukos soon before the lunch hurry on Tuesday, referring to the COVID-19 epidemic that shut down scores of restaurants throughout Connecticut and the country during its two-yr scourge. “We just improved the way we did enterprise.”

Koukos and his older brother George hope the new homeowners pick up the place the family members custom has remaining off — preferring good quality around every little thing else.

A actual estate listing for the restaurant says as a great deal.

“Many enterprises, specifically for the duration of pandemic times, did not make it this individual organization thrived all over the shut down and still proceeds to grow and could increase to even extra,” reported a listing by Coldwell Banker Realty. “The hrs, menu, catering, off website particular gatherings, in dwelling distinctive functions, takeout, delivery, food stuff truck, and several much more strategies could expand this company and even turn out to be a franchise.”

To just take more than the enterprise and the cafe at 126 South St. will charge you $2.2 million, in accordance to the listing.

“For practically 100 yrs, this site has been a model and a staple in city, and you could be the a single to capitalize off of its legacy and make it your very own,” the listing reads. “The household who owns this would enjoy almost nothing far more than (to have) capable and prepared individuals to go off the many years of determination … with the very same dream.”

Kouskos said he has been telling buyers who have read the information that the household has each intention of selling to a new operator with related values.

“They say, ‘Oh no, you can not do that,’ and I say ‘JK’s will be the exact same,’” Koukos explained. “That is our intention. The new entrepreneurs will do that if they’re intelligent. There’s no explanation to reinvent the wheel.”

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