Zesto's original building at its Ponce de Leon Avenue location
ATLANTA (CBS46) -
Zesto, the ice cream that has put smiles on the faces of generations of Atlanta residents, is celebrating 65 years of business in the city.
John Livaditis opened the first Atlanta Zesto store in 1949 on Peachtree Road across the street from Brookwood Station. Within a few years, Livaditis added hamburgers to its menu.
By 1955, there were four other Atlanta Zestos in operation: Ponce de Leon Avenue, Piedmont Road, Cheshire Bridge Road and Roswell Road. Then, in 1959, Livaditis opened a store in east Atlanta on Confederate Avenue.
Currently, has six locations including restaurants in Tyrone and Forest Park.
By this time, all Zestos were serving food and had expanded the menu to include hot dogs, fried chicken and french fries. Also added in 1959 was a double deck hamburger now known as the "Chubby Decker."
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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