Ted’s Coney Island: Celebrating 30 years in Allen Park
By Charla Hamilton firstname.lastname@example.org
Ted’s Coney Island is a staple in Allen Park and they recently reached a milestone. On August 10, they celebrated being in business for 30 years. Recently, Allen Park Guardian had the pleasure of speaking with the owner of Ted’s, Louie Mazaris to find out more about his business and his love for Allen Park.
Allen Park Guardian: Please provide some general background information on Ted’s, history, how was the business started, etc.?
Louie Mazaris: My mom and dad (Ted and Natalie Mazaris) opened Ted’s. Both my mom’s and my dad’s families all had a history of working in and owning restaurants. The building had actually been a fruit market before they took it over. My dad ran Ted’s until he got sick and then I took over running the business. I started working here when I was 7 years old washing dishes. My two sisters and two brothers worked here as well. Our whole family played a part in Ted’s. It really is a family affair.
APG: Why was Allen Park chosen to be the home for Ted’s Coney Island?
LM: My mom graduated from Melvindale High School and had lived in the Allen Park area and always thought Allen Park was a great tight-knit community and was also very familiar with the area.
APG: What are some characteristics you love about Allen Park and owning a business in Allen Park?
LM: It is a very close, tight-knit community. If I need help someone is always there. Everyone is always very supportive.
APG: What does being in business for 30 years mean to you?
LM: It is overwhelming and mind blowing. We have customers that are more like family and mean a lot to us. Hopefully, I can keep it going another 30 years.
APG: What do you feel sets Ted’s apart from similar businesses in Allen Park?
LM: The small feel of Ted’s, and the familiarity. It’s away from crowds and lots of traffic, and easier to get to. You can come in, see everyone you know, enjoy the great food and fast service and say hi. The location of being downtown Allen Park appeals to our customers.
APG: Any other special facts or information you would like the Allen Park community to know?
LM: I want to definitely thank the community for supporting us for 30 years. Hopefully, I can keep the tradition going and the clientele here for another 30.
Stop in and say hi to Louie and congratulate him on 30 years. Ted’s Coney Island is located at 6790 Allen Road. For more information visit their website at test.tedsallenpark.com or their Facebook page at facebook.com/tedsconeyisland or call them at 313-928-4544.