Coney Island restaurant chain enters market
A chain of Coney Island restaurants with a long history on the state’s east side is expanding into the West Michigan market.
Leo’s Coney Island said yesterday that it plans to open a location in Grand Rapids in July in the Cascade Crossings development, at 6080 28th St. SE.
The 4,423-square-foot space formerly housed a Family Video and will seat about 144 people.
The restaurant is expected to create about 50 jobs.
The Grand Rapids Leo’s Coney Island menu will feature Coney dogs, Greek specialties, breakfast and a kids menu.
“Grand Rapids has one of the best economies in Michigan and across the nation,” said Bill Krall, owner and operator, Leo’s Coney Island. “Not only did we see this as an opportunity to tap into a booming market, but also the chance to give a new community a dining option it currently doesn’t have.”
Leo’s was represented in the commercial lease deal by Adam Goodman, VP of Mid America Real Estate Group.
The landlord was represented by Mark Ansara and Mike Murray, retail team members at Colliers International | West Michigan.
Krall added that he’s looking to add more locations in West Michigan’s “major corridors in the near future.”
"Our greatest goal is to become a part of the community," Krall said. "At every store we have, we’ve taken on the role of local family restaurant. Getting to know our people is a big deal for us."
The first Leo’s Coney Island was established in 1972 in Southfield by brother duo Peter and Leo Stassinopoulos, both immigrants from Greece.
Leo’s Coney Island has more than 50 locations in metro Detroit.