Love & hotdogs

There’s a love story behind One Stop Coney Shop.
Ashley Wierenga
One Stop Coney specializes in authentic hotdogs found in Detroit, Flint and Chicago, fresh meat burgers, grilled cheese sandwiches frites. Photos by Ashley Wierenga

A newlywed couple has put down roots at 154 E. Fulton St. in downtown Grand Rapids by taking ownership of One Stop Coney Shop and starting their new phase of life together.

Ashley Wierenga
Newlyweds Conor, left, and Olivia Malloy bought One Stop Coney Shop a week after tying the knot. The shop is a go-to spot for hotdogs.

A young employee named Conor Malloy decided to hang up his spatula to explore his talents in the culinary world in 2013 after three years at One Stop Coney. Little did he know, seven years later he would be running the One Stop Coney Shop with his wife Olivia. The couple took ownership of One Stop Coney a week after their wedding in August 2020 and say they are excited to treat the community like guests in their home.

One Stop Coney keeps the tradition going by offering dogs, burgers and Belgian fries, as well as some new additions to take the place up a notch. Examples include the mac ’n cheese bacon-wrapped hotdog, veggie dogs, kimchi burger, buffalo hotdog and many more.

“We specialize in authentic hotdogs as found in Detroit, Flint and Chicago, fresh meat burgers, grilled cheese sandwiches, and fresh-cut, deep-fried potatoes using a process originated in Belgium called frites,” said Conor Malloy.

Since taking over, the Malloys have redecorated, repainted and added a few personal touches to make the restaurant feel like their own.

“Since taking ownership seven months ago during the pandemic, dine-in (restrictions have) been the biggest challenge. But now we are so excited that dine-in has reopened. Conor and I have seen nothing but support from the community and we are having a blast. We have been married seven months as of today and it has been great working with my spouse,” said Olivia Malloy.

You can visit the One Stop Coney’s Facebook page, which features frequent updates on the pair’s creative new hotdog and hamburger specials — complete with whimsical illustrations.

This story can be found in the May 2021 issue of Grand Rapids Magazine. To get more stories like this delivered to your mailbox each month, subscribe here

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