The end of an era: Brothers retire from Coney biz

FLINT TWP. — On Tuesday, March 21, Atlas Coney Island, 3833 Corunna Road, honored long time owners David and Jimmy Todorovsky as they hung up their aprons, after 64 years of working together, according to a press release.

Born in Greece, David in 1933 and Jimmy in 1934, the brothers spent their childhood in Europe. They fled to Macedonia due to World War II.

Their father brought them to Flint from Macedonia in 1954. New to America, they jumped into the family business. Their father opened and operated the Central Luncheon on South Saginaw Street in downtown Flint. That was the beginning of their long journey as business partners.

In 1959, the brothers were presented with an opportunity to buy the Ritz Drive Inn at Hemphill Road and South Saginaw Street., across from General Motors Fisher Body plant. Eight years later in1967, they purchased and opened the Ritz Lounge & Steak House on South Saginaw Street in Burton.

In 1980, they purchased Atlas Coney Island on Corunna Road and have been there ever since. For the last 37 years, they’ve been operating Atlas Coney Island, around the clock. The brothers each took turns working 12 hour shifts, and haven’t missed a beat, even as they aged into their 80’s. Since 1980, they have served over 4 million meals out of Atlas.

“It’s finally time” said David. “After 64 years of working with my brother.”

“We’re a little tired” laughed Jimmy. “We want to thank all of the amazing customers, our friends, our families, and everyone who’s ever supported us.”

“It’s been an absolute incredible journey… thank you Flint!” said David.

Tuesday marked the last shift at the restaurant for David and Jimmy. But Atlas will remain open with the same staff.

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