SIOUX CITY | A longtime culinary staple in downtown Sioux City will shut its doors later this week, just a year shy of its 100th birthday.
Coney Island owner Virginia Margeas told the Journal she plans to close the historic, family-owned hot dog eatery at 510 Nebraska St. this week. She said it will officially shut down for good once it runs out of food, which she expects will be around Thursday.
Coney Island was originally opened in 1918 by Greek immigrant George Margeas. At the time, it was Sioux City's first hot dog restaurant.
George's son and Virginia's husband, Steve, later took over operation. Over the years, the shop served several famous customers, including Elvis Presley.
When Steve Margeas died May 28 of this year at the age of 86, Virginia Margeas continued management of the restaurant. But she said after six months of looking for someone to purchase and continue the business, she believes it's time to close the doors.
"I kept it for a while," she said. "It's just that the time has come."
Margeas said the decision comes due to a combination of factors and mentioned that she's getting older and that Sioux City's downtown is different than it used to be.
A second Coney Island location, 3013 Hamilton Blvd., was opened in 1972 and was operated by the Margeas family until being sold in 2009. That location will not be affected by the downtown Coney Island's closure, Margeas said.