Order up! Celebrating 70 years of Mike’s Hot Dogs

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Mike’s Hot Dogs has been around for 70 years, serving some of the best hot dogs in the area, as well as a full menu of breakfast and lunch menus.

70 years is a long time to be doing the same thing in the same place. But if you’re good at it, then why change?

Owner John Mantis described how the restaurant got its start.

“In 1947, four brothers had a banana business, which is a seasonal business. The eldest brother Peter Conepastis decided that they would open up a little restaurant,” said Mantis. “General Electric was going full bore on one end of the road, and Alco was on the other end. There were three shifts going 24 hours a day, so he had an idea to keep his brothers busy and the family busy, and open up a family restaurant.”

Now nearly 70 years later, not much has changed from the original conception: great food served all day long by people who live in the area.

Mike’s is also part of a co-op with over 200 other privately owned businesses called the Restaurant Operators Cooperative. John says without this network, Mike’s might not be open today.

“We all buy eggs. We all use butter. We all buy soda products. We all buy napkins,” said Evan Christou. “So what we’ve done is we’ve formed this group, and we all collectively use that purchasing power to go not only to the wholesales and buy at a better markup.”

For Mike’s, that means more hot dogs per dollar, which is great for business.

Mike’s opens at 5 a.m., located right down the street from the River’s Casino and Resort.

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