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

DANBURY — A family-owned cafe that acquired its start advertising two incredibly hot pet dogs and a cup of coffee for 25 cents and grew to become a person of the city’s legendary eateries is for sale so the house owners can “enjoy existence a minor.”

“In this business, you have to place 100 percent into it and we often set 100 percent into it,” stated Peter Koukos, whose grandfather and grand uncle begun JK’s Authentic Texas Warm Weiners on White Street in 1924. “We are not retiring simply because we are burned out — the organization is likely solid, but it is time to love lifestyle a tiny.”

Koukos, 62, is referring to a family-operate business which survived the Good Despair, Earth War II, the flood of 1955 and the coronavirus pandemic by serving quintessential family fare at fair rates. The menu at JK’s restaurant, which has been on South Avenue for 48 decades, options cheeseburgers, club sandwiches and grinders — all for under $12.

“The pandemic did not have an effect on us at all,” mentioned Koukos soon 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 through its two-calendar year scourge. “We just altered the way we did business enterprise.”

Koukos and his older brother George hope the new entrepreneurs decide up in which the family members custom has left off — preferring top quality about anything else.


A authentic estate listing for the restaurant says as significantly.

“Many enterprises, primarily for the duration of pandemic moments, did not make it this unique business thrived all over the shut down and nonetheless continues to improve and could grow to even additional,” explained a listing by Coldwell Banker Realty. “The hours, menu, catering, off web-site special situations, in household unique activities, takeout, supply, meals truck, and quite a few more tips could expand this business enterprise and even develop into a franchise.”

To take about the enterprise and the cafe at 126 South St. will charge you $2.2 million, according to the listing.

“For nearly 100 a long time, this locale has been a brand and a staple in town, and you could be the 1 to capitalize off of its legacy and make it your have,” the listing reads. “The spouse and children who owns this would adore practically nothing a lot more than (to have) able and prepared people to pass off the years of dedication … with the identical desire.”

Kouskos stated he has been telling customers who have read the information that the spouse and children has each individual intention of selling to a new operator with identical values.

“They say, ‘Oh no, you simply cannot do that,’ and I say ‘JK’s will be the exact,’” Koukos said. “That is our intention. The new owners will do that if they are good. There’s no rationale to reinvent the wheel.”

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