This restaurant was designed and built in 1985 by David Gillie, with the help of a great many people-
Gerald Knorr and I were the general contrators, Samson laid the blocks and Tony Poletti mixed the mortar
- I did most the carpentry work.
I had bought the land from Citizens bank the year before on land contract.
Once I had the shell of the building up Old Kent Bank gave me a construction loan to finish. I had originall started from
savings, credit cards, and micro loans from friends and businesses like Kirchman restaurant supply and Wickes Lumber etc.
I opened I immediately had many customers say they had come in here for decades! _ I'm sure they remember the similar
restaurants that used to be in the area but have long since gone. Still not many restaurants in the area other than the chain
places that seem to be taking over the world.
After we cut down large trees and bulldozed, we found footings
from an old farm house that was built in the 1800s and torn down in the 1930s. The Rhodes farm, it turns out.
recently remodeled so stop by and see the place if you haven't been in a while. Hopefully my son(s) will
be able to keep things goind once I retire!
are well known in FLINT Michigan as a full service, full menu, family restaurant (quite often 24 hours).
In the late 1800s' immigrants from Eastern Europe passing thru New York picked up on "sausages"
sold in bread on Coney Island as a way to earn a living in the then booming Flint.
In modern times the term "Coney
Island" has become a free informal franchaise to let people know type of restaurant they are.
Coney Island originally back in NY got its name from the huge pine cones originally found on that
Flint Style Coneys' differ from Detroit style in that our hot
dog topping is mainly fine ground meat and dryer (less sauce). Unlike the more common chili-dog found in the rest
of the country which is like bowl chili with beans, or the Detroit stle with is like creamed chili with beans and often no