If you’ve ever wondered why Coney Island restaurants and Greek food go hand in hand, just ask Ken Vlahadamis.
He’s the owner of the new Leo’s Coney Island in Fenton, and five other mid-Michigan locations. The entire Leo’s Coney Island chain of restaurants, opened since 1972, includes 50 locations mostly in the metro Detroit area. The Fenton location opened on July 18 at 15010 Silver Parkway, in the former Blockbuster building.
“Generations of our family go back to New York City, where they immigrated to when they came here from Greece,” said Vlahadamis. “They brought the concept of Coney Island hot dogs with them when they moved their families to Chicago and Detroit from New York.”
Leo’s Coney Island features plenty of Coney dogs, with the choice of Flint- or Detroit-style sauce as toppings. But there’s also plenty of other Greek fare and American-style favorites, too. “Some of our specialties include our famous Greek salad, plus moussaka, pastitsio and spinach pie,” said Vlahadamis. “Soon, we’ll be adding meat loaf dinners, stuffed green peppers and stuffed cabbage.”
Another Coney Island tradition is all-day breakfast, which Leo’s Coney Island is pleased to offer, along with breakfast specials Monday through Friday until 11 a.m. “Everything is made in-house in our kitchen,” said Vlahadamis.
One of the restaurant’s favorite features for “kids” of all ages is the 125-flavor Coca-Cola Freestyle Machine. Diners can mix all kinds of flavors to custom-make their own soda pop selection, using Coke or Diet Coke as the base.
“We’ve had a huge welcome into the Fenton area,” said Vlahadamis. “This community is very friendly and family-oriented. We’ve been rockin’ since the first day we opened.”
Leo’s Coney Island is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information or to place an order for dine-in, carryout or catering, call (810) 620-8400.