DETROIT – Vans, the Anaheim-based skateboarding apparel company, has just released limited-edition custom Detroit American Coney Island shoes and shirts, now available for purchase.
There’s only 1,000 pairs of shoes available and 250 t-shirts.
Net proceeds go directly to American Coney Island to help during this challenging time for restaurants.
“We are oldest family-owned restaurant in Detroit, celebrating 104 years in business,” said owner Grace Keros. “The pandemic caused a major decline in business and all proceeds will help us stay open and continue serving our world famous Coney dogs.”
Buy Vans Detroit Coney Island shoes ($95.00)
Men’s t-shirt ($30.00)
Women’s t-shirt ($30.00)
Detroit’s American Coney Island story
“Our founder Constantinos (Gust) was 16 years old when he came to Ellis Island from Greece in 1906.”
“Before settling down and working in Detroit, Gust made a stop in Coney Island and was intoxicated by the sounds and smells–including Feltman’s famous hotdog emporium. After trying his hand at other professions in Detroit, he still remembered his time at Coney Island and decided to start grilling hotdogs on a street corner Downtown.”
“He became well known for his hotdogs after adding a homemade meat sauce (a proprietary recipe still used today).”
“Since then, American Coney Island has been passed down generations and is currently run by his grandchildren, a sister and brother team, Grace Keros and Christos Sotiropoulos, making us the oldest family-owned restaurant in Detroit.”
“The Coney dog has become world famous, celebrating 104 years in business. So, enjoy and remember: mustard on a Coney dog. No ketchup!”