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Zesto celebrating 65 years of 'real' ice cream in Atlanta

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Zesto's original building at its Ponce de Leon Avenue location 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."

Zesto still serves "real" ice cream, unlike some of its competitors that serve ice milk.

Zesto recently received a proclamation from the city of Atlanta for its 65 years of business.

Sons of the late John Livaditis, Lee and Jimbo, were interviewed Wednesday on Better Mornings Atlanta.

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