TONY PACKO’S NEW SYLVANIA LOCATION IS OPEN
Tony Packo’s®, Toledo’s most famous restaurant concept, has a new home in Sylvania! Tony Packo’s 5822 Alexis Road is now open to the public.
Packo’s has been a part of the Sylvania community for more than 35 years and is excited to move into its new building on Alexis Road near Acres Road. This Next Generation Packo’s blends old and new décor to bring a more updated and modern feel to the restaurant while maintaining the rich Packo history. Emily Bennett, president of Tony Packo’s Toledo, LLC, said she is thrilled to be able to bring a Next Generation Packo’s to Sylvania and the surrounding areas. “We are proud to be able to serve the community with our freshly updated restaurant, which has the added convenience of a drive thru for our customers who are on–the-go. There is also a patio area for those of our Guests who like to enjoy outdoor dining. Both will be nice additions to our new Sylvania location.”
Earlier this week, Packo’s held a fundraiser in tandem with serving friends and family which generously donated $1,300; all of which all goes to benefit the northwest Ohio chapter of the Salvation Army.
Tony and Rose Packo opened the iconic eatery in 1932 on Toledo’s historic East Side. With a flair for storytelling and old-word hospitality, they created a special place for locals to get a good meal at a fair price. Word quickly spread about the unique Tony Packo hot dog and soon the Packo’s had a thriving restaurant serving what has become a Toledo tradition. Mentions of the Packo hot dog by Jamie Farr, “Klinger” on the hit TV series, M*A*S*H, have brought visitors to the restaurant from all over the world.
Adding to the excitement of eating at the Original Packo’s® Front Street restaurant where the weekly performances of the Cake Walkin’ Jass Band. Patrons listened, danced and followed behind the Band as they played “When the Saints Go Marching In” while traveling around the dining room and other areas of the restaurant. This tradition lasted for years and was enjoyed by all who happened to be in the restaurant on band nights.
In 1972 Burt Reynolds began what is now an honored Packo’s tradition of signing a hot dog bun. He came in to enjoy a meal after a performance of “The Rainmaker” and was asked to sign an autograph. He picked up the hot dog bun and signed it! Since that time, celebrities from all walks of life, including U.S. Presidents, actors, musicians, sports figures, astronauts, military personnel and local celebrities have been asked to sign a Packo® bun. The buns are proudly displayed inside all Packo’s locations. There are well over 2,500 buns in the collection.
For more about this new location, any of the other Packo’s restaurants or for catering information, contact Scott Radel, Vice President of Operations at 419-276-2253 or visit www.tonypacko.com.
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