ROYAL OAK (WWJ) – It is with great relish that the Detroit Zoological Society announces the opening of an American Coney Island at the Detroit Zoo.

The restaurant is sure to be a “wiener” with Zoo visitors with favorites such as American Coney Island’s classic chili dog, loose burger, gyro, fries and Greek salad.

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The 1,250-square-foot café-style eatery is located along the north mall road adjacent to the summer blockbuster Dinosauria exhibit and is open during regular Zoo hours.

The restaurant is managed by Service Systems Associates (SSA), operator of concessions and retail services for the Detroit Zoological Society.

“It’s only natural that two long-standing Detroit institutions come together like this,” Grace Keros, third-generation owner of American Coney Island, said in a statement. “SSA has done a marvelous job of recreating the authenticity of the restaurant, and we’re proud to add the taste of Detroit’s original and best Coney dog to the Detroit Zoo experience.”

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The new Detroit Zoo restaurant is American Coney Island’s only other location; the original, established in 1917, is on Lafayette Street in Detroit.

The Detroit Zoo is located at the intersection of 10 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, just off I-696, in Royal Oak. The Zoo is open daily 9 am to 5 pm.

Admission is $12 for adults 15 to 61, $10 for senior citizens 62 and older, and $8 for children 2 to 14 (children under 2 are free).

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