In 1914, James Mallis immigrated to Macon from Greece and bought the original storefront on Cotton Avenue. At the time, it was just a fruit stand, sort of like a sandwich shop. But when he saw that hot dogs were the rage in New York, Chicago and other northern cities, he converted it to a hot dog stand in 1916. Established the same year as Nathan’s Famous hot dog stand in New York City, Nu-Way is the second oldest hot dog restaurant in the United States.
Thanks to the misplacing of a few vowels by a local sign-maker, Nu-Way has intentionally misspelled W-E-I-N-E-R on its marquee since 1937.
Nu-Way’s fascinating history is the subject of a book by Ed Grisamore entitled “There Is More than One Way to Spell Wiener. Click here for ordering information.
Anatomy of a Nu-Way Weiner: