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

Marie C. Delgado


DANBURY — A spouse and children-owned restaurant that obtained its start out selling two very hot pet dogs and a cup of espresso for 25 cents and grew to become a person of the city’s famous eateries is for sale so the owners can “enjoy lifetime a tiny.”

“In this enterprise, you have to put 100 percent into it and we often set 100 p.c into it,” claimed Peter Koukos, whose grandfather and grand uncle started out JK’s Original Texas Scorching Weiners on White Road in 1924. “We are not retiring since we are burned out — the small business is going strong, but it’s time to delight in everyday living a minor.”

Koukos, 62, is referring to a family members-run enterprise which survived the Excellent Despair, Earth War II, the flood of 1955 and the coronavirus pandemic by serving quintessential household fare at truthful price ranges. The menu at JK’s cafe, which has been on South Street for 48 yrs, functions cheeseburgers, club sandwiches and grinders — all for underneath $12.

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

Koukos and his more mature brother George hope the new homeowners pick up exactly where the loved ones tradition has still left off — preferring high-quality about almost everything else.

A authentic estate listing for the cafe says as considerably.

“Many companies, especially all through pandemic instances, did not make it this individual organization thrived in the course of the shut down and still carries on to expand and could broaden to even additional,” claimed a listing by Coldwell Banker Realty. “The hrs, menu, catering, off web-site distinctive functions, in property particular occasions, takeout, supply, food items truck, and lots of far more suggestions could grow this company and even develop into a franchise.”

To get around the organization and the cafe at 126 South St. will charge you $2.2 million, according to the listing.

“For almost 100 years, this site has been a brand name and a staple in city, and you could be the a person to capitalize off of its legacy and make it your personal,” the listing reads. “The family members who owns this would adore absolutely nothing extra than (to have) able and eager individuals to go off the several years of perseverance … with the very same dream.”

Kouskos claimed he has been telling shoppers who have listened to the news that the family has every intention of selling to a new owner with equivalent values.

“They say, ‘Oh no, you just cannot do that,’ and I say ‘JK’s will be the similar,’” Koukos said. “That is our intention. The new homeowners will do that if they are sensible. There’s no explanation to reinvent the wheel.”

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