DANBURY — A family-owned cafe that bought its commence selling two warm pet dogs and a cup of espresso for 25 cents and grew to become just one of the city’s famous eateries is for sale so the owners can “enjoy everyday living a minimal.”

“In this enterprise you have to place 100 per cent into it and we usually place 100 per cent into it,” claimed Peter Koukos, whose grandfather and grand uncle begun JK’s Original Texas Very hot Weiners on White Avenue in 1924. “We are not retiring due to the fact we are burned out — the business enterprise is heading sturdy, but it’s time to take pleasure in existence a minor.”

Koukos, 62, is referring to a spouse and children-run small business which survived the Terrific Melancholy, Globe War II, the flood of 1955 and the coronavirus pandemic by serving quintessential family fare at good charges. The menu at JK’s cafe, which has been on South Road for 48 yrs, options cheeseburgers, club sandwiches and grinders — all for less than $12.

“The pandemic did not have an effect on us at all,” claimed Koukos shortly in advance of the lunch hurry on Tuesday, referring to the COVID-19 epidemic that shut down scores of dining places throughout Connecticut and the country throughout its two-12 months scourge. “We just transformed the way we did organization.”

Koukos and his older brother George hope the new homeowners select up where the family custom has remaining off — preferring high-quality over every thing else.


A serious estate listing for the cafe states as a great deal.

“Many enterprises, especially for the duration of pandemic moments, did not make it this particular small business thrived all over the shut down and nonetheless proceeds to grow and could develop to even far more,” said a listing by Coldwell Banker Realty. “The several hours, menu, catering, off website distinctive situations, in household exclusive activities, takeout, shipping, meals truck, and quite a few additional strategies could grow this business and even come to be a franchise.”

To get in excess of the enterprise and the restaurant at 126 South St. will price you $2.2 million, according to the listing.

“For just about 100 many years, this area has been a brand and a staple in city, and you could be the 1 to capitalize off of its legacy and make it your possess,” the listing reads. “The loved ones who owns this would really like nothing at all a lot more than (to have) able and keen folks to go off the several years of perseverance … with the similar aspiration.”

Kouskos mentioned he has been telling prospects who have heard the news that the loved ones has each intention of selling to a new owner with comparable values.

“They say, ‘Oh no, you can’t do that,’ and I say ‘JK’s will be the exact same,’” Koukos said. “That is our intention. The new homeowners will do that if they’re good. There is no explanation to reinvent the wheel.”

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