Can the coney cut it in Hollywood? Will the loose burger find love on Sunset Boulevard?
Actor-comedian-director Mike Binder has no doubt they’ll be a smash hit when he and several other famous Detroit ex-pat pals open a 24-hour coney restaurant late next month in the heart of Hollywood’s nightclub district.
The 65-seat Coney Dog will serve natural-casing hot dogs and spicy chili inspired by Lafayette Coney Island, along with Faygo pop, Better Made chips, Stroh’s beer and several Detroit-area microbrews, said Binder, a Birmingham native.
“We’re doing it right,” he added. Joining him in the project as investors, he said, are comedian Tim Allen, “Spider-Man” director Sam Raimi, comedian Adam Sandler, Red Wings center Kris Draper and former University of Michigan football player Braylon Edwards, now with the New York Jets.
Binder’s natural-casing franks will come from Winter Sausage in Eastpointe, which has been Lafayette’s supplier for decades. Lafayette closely guards its chili recipe, but Binder says his will be close in flavor. He’ll also be serving other Detroit mainstays.
“We’ll have all the flavors of Faygo, Better Made chips … and we’ll be the only distributor of Stroh’s beer on the West Coast.”
To be sure the food is authentic, his chef and manager will be Nick Vlassopoulos, whose father owns Apollo Coney Island in Sterling Heights.
Now I won’t have to go back to Ann Arbor to eat a coney dog. Although I would.
mmmm… Coney Joes.