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JAY'S FAMOUS HOT DOGS A business history



Published: Sun, August 19, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Through the years with one of the Valley's oldest restaurant chains:

1920: James Pappas founds the business in downtown Youngstown.

1949: Downtown Jay's began serving liquor and opened 24 hours.

1960: Sam Petrakos marries the founder's niece, Marina Pappas, and joins the business.

1965: Racial riots in Youngstown force the owners to close at night, setting a 2:30 a.m. closing time.

1969: Frank Petrakos joins his brother Sam in the business.

1980: Jay's moves from downtown to Boardman.

1984: Store opens on Mahoning Avenue on Youngstown's West Side.

1986: Store opens on Mahoning Avenue in Austintown.

1988: Jay's returns to downtown, opening a store in the Phar-Mor Plaza.

1990: Store opens in Campbell.

2001: Jay's first franchise store opens in Niles.




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