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>r RESTAURANTS leo’s coney island Success Tastes Good Quality and value keep customers coming back to Leo’s Coney Island. By Cathy Kallas company profile Leo’s Coney Island Headquarters: Bloomfield Township, Mich. Employees: 1,200 Specialty: Full-service restaurant Leo Stassinopoulos Jr., spokesperson: “We provide great food at good prices. People come back because they know they’ll get a good value.” >> Leo’s Coney Island currently has more than 40 locations in Michigan, and is working on expanding across the country. L eo’s Coney Island is a full-service restaurant offering a complete menu of tasty American and Greek cuisine. It serves a variety of tasty appetizers, salads, soups, burgers and sandwiches, but it is known for its Coney Island hot dog topped with its special chili. There are several restaurant chains that call themselves “Coney Island.” Although they all serve similar fare, Leo’s sets itself apart by offering quick, friendly service, fresh ingredients and regional favorites. “Leo’s goal is to provide the best quality, best tasting, freshest food and personal service to our customers,” states Leo Stassinopoulos Jr., company spokesman and son of the founder. “We provide great food at good prices. People come back because they know they’ll get a good value.” Leo Stassinopoulos Sr., founded the company in Southfield, Mich., in 1972. A Greek-born citizen, he immigrated to the United States to pursue the American dream. After working in a restaurant for a few years, he teamed up with his brother, Peter, to open their first restaurant, the Southfield Souvlaki Coney Island. Fresh, Homemade Food The brothers started out offering a few homemade family recipes, burgers and fries and their signature Coney Island hot dog. A few prosperous years prompted them to open two more local eateries, which they rebranded into Leo’s Coney Island. With more than 40 locations, Leo’s continues to grow by offering a consistent product and a good value. The best-selling menu items include the signature Coney Island hot dog, hand-dipped fish and chips, chicken finger pitas, and Leo’s Famous Greek Salad, which features a dressing recipe Leo brought with him from Greece. The light vinegar and oil base dressing is so popular, it is bottled and sold at local specialty markets and online nationwide. “Our bottled dressing is very popular wherever there are Michigan transplants,” Stassinopoulos says. Leo’s is very choosy about its food suppliers. High-quality, fresh food is extremely important to Leo’s operations. It uses well-known companies like Corfu Foods, Koegel Meats and John Morell Foodservice as its food suppliers. The menu also reflects their heritage offering an entire selection of Greek specialties including saganaki, mousaka, pastitsio, spinach and cheese pie, chicken kebobs and gyros. Leo’s has updated its recipes as people become more health conscious. “We make our Kebobs with chicken now instead of the traditional lamb, without compromising quality or taste,” Stassinopoulos states. 222 food and drink • spring 2011 •

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News a la Carte
Current Events
FAD Exclusive
A Ripening Field
History in the Making
New Wine Paradigm
Don Sebastiani & Sons/ The Other Guys
St. Julian Winery
Ste. Genevieve Winery
Herzog Wine Cellars
Meier’s Wine Cellar
Oak Ridge Winery
Producers: Keeping Trade Secrets
MaMa Rosa’s Pizza
Gel Spice Co. LLC
Vegetable Juices Inc.
Royal Caribbean Bakery/Caribbean Food Delights
Red Stripe Beer
Robertet Flavors
Annabelle Candy
Andrea Foods
Anchor Brewing
F&F Foods
Santa Sweets Inc.
Hillside Candy
Ricos Products
Sethness Greenleaf Inc.
Wunder-Bar: Automatic Bar Controls
Antigua Distillery
AMES International
Amato’s Bakery
Charlie’s Pride Meats
Citromax Group of Companies
Diamond Bakery
Grindmaster- Cecilware Corp.
Heartland Mill
Kirschenman Enterprises
Rakhra Mushroom Farm
FAME Food Management
Schneider Packaging Equipment Co. Inc.
Sea Harvest Corporation (Pty) Ltd.
Sparrer Sausage Co. Inc.
Jamaican Teas Ltd.
Westminster Cracker Co.
Distributors: Don’t Risk It
The Fricks Company
U.S. Foodservice – Milwaukee Division
Arizona Select Distribution
Fairway Packing Co.
Ingredient Innovations
J.J. Taylor Distributing Co. of Minnesota Inc.
Mastronardi Produce
Milne Fruit Products Inc.
Pellerito Foods
Albion Fisheries Ltd.
RPE Inc.
Retailers: Savoring the Moment
Roadtown Wholesale Trading Ltd.
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt
Quick Chek
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Sendik’s Fine Foods Inc.
Zaro’s Bakery
Balboa Brands
Restaurants: Toss Around Ideas
Sizzler USA
Dick’s Last Resort
Granite City Food & Brewery Ltd.
Liberty Entertainment Group
Roly Poly Franchise Systems
Santa Fe Cattle Co.
Winger’s USA Inc.
Bensi Restaurant Group Inc.
Leo’s Coney Island
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