National Coney Island offering 50 cent coneys

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

National Coney Island, one of Michigan’s oldest restaurant chains is celebrating its 50th anniversary by offering customers 50 cent coney dogs for one day only.

The deal is valid on Tuesday for dine-in customers only, and is limited to five dogs per person. Unfortunate for travelers, the deal isn’t valid at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport location.

National Coney Island — known for its mustached mascot named Mr. Pop — was founded by Greek immigrant James Giftos in 1965. His first location was at the Macomb Mall in Roseville. Back then the hot dogs cost 35 cents and pop was just a dime. Today his son Tom Giftos runs the empire, which includes 20 locations throughout southeastern Michigan. The chain employes more than 900 employees in southeast Michigan and sells more than 1 million coneys each year.

“When my father opened the first national Coney Island in 1965, I don’t think he imagined a brand identity that would be build over the next 50 years,” Tom Giftos said in a statement. “Our success is a true testament to the support of the communities in which we operate.”

Starting July 17 customers can purchase a limited edition glass ($3.99) commemorating the business’ golden anniversary. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Wigs for Kids.

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