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


DANBURY — A family members-owned cafe that got its start out providing two incredibly hot dogs and a cup of espresso for 25 cents and grew to become 1 of the city’s legendary eateries is for sale so the homeowners can “enjoy life a small.”

“In this company, you have to put 100 p.c into it and we usually place 100 % into it,” mentioned Peter Koukos, whose grandfather and grand uncle begun JK’s Initial Texas Warm Weiners on White Road in 1924. “We are not retiring mainly because we are burned out — the business enterprise is likely potent, but it is time to enjoy life a minimal.”

Koukos, 62, is referring to a spouse and children-run business which survived the Great Despair, Planet War II, the flood of 1955 and the coronavirus pandemic by serving quintessential loved ones fare at honest rates. The menu at JK’s cafe, which has been on South Street for 48 several years, features cheeseburgers, club sandwiches and grinders — all for under $12.

“The pandemic did not affect us at all,” mentioned Koukos shortly in advance of the lunch rush on Tuesday, referring to the COVID-19 epidemic that shut down scores of restaurants throughout Connecticut and the nation throughout its two-calendar year scourge. “We just adjusted the way we did enterprise.”

Koukos and his more mature brother George hope the new owners decide on up where the family members custom has left off — preferring high-quality around anything else.

A serious estate listing for the restaurant says as a lot.

“Many enterprises, specially throughout pandemic occasions, did not make it this individual company thrived in the course of the shut down and even now proceeds to improve and could broaden to even a lot more,” claimed a listing by Coldwell Banker Realty. “The several hours, menu, catering, off internet site unique situations, in home distinctive functions, takeout, delivery, food truck, and quite a few additional tips could increase this business and even grow to be a franchise.”

To get more than the organization and the restaurant at 126 South St. will price tag you $2.2 million, in accordance to the listing.

“For almost 100 many years, this spot has been a brand name and a staple in city, and you could be the a single to capitalize off of its legacy and make it your individual,” the listing reads. “The relatives who owns this would like absolutely nothing extra than (to have) capable and eager men and women to move off the yrs of perseverance … with the similar aspiration.”

Kouskos reported he has been telling customers who have listened to the news that the relatives has every intention of selling to a new owner with comparable values.

“They say, ‘Oh no, you just cannot do that,’ and I say ‘JK’s will be the similar,’” Koukos reported. “That is our intention. The new proprietors will do that if they are smart. There is no reason to reinvent the wheel.”

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