A Gary staple is marking a milestone this year. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report Koney King, known for its Detroit-style Coney dogs, will celebrate its 100th anniversary next month, more than a year after being acquired.
Gary native Jimmy Hendricks acquired Koney King from Paul Kamanaroff in 2019, though financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Hendricks told the publication the restaurant’s longevity is due to “a hundred years of hard work, dedication, fair prices, consistency, delicious chili, and four young men who found their American Dream by employing workers and serving customers without regard for the color of their skin.”
Koney King was founded in 1920 and uses a secret family recipe for its chili.
Hendricks will hold a special 100th anniversary celebration August 8, which will include live music, a raffle, and an opening address from Gary Mayor Jerome Prince.