Detroit, MI 48209
Duly’s is a classic. There is no other way to put it and no place that can beat it for authenticity.
Founded in 1921 by Duly Seit, it has been serving the people of Southwest Detroit with little fanfare and hardly any changes for more than nine decades. It has been closely held and that has helped it retain its lunch-counter atmosphere.
While the general story for Detroit-area coney islands is that the Greeks came first and were followed generations later by Albanian coney owners, this restaurant shows that Albanian roots run every bit as far back as Greek roots.
Being somewhat removed from downtown, Duly’s does not get the recognition or traffic anymore of Lafayette and American, it has achieved its measure of fame, serving thousands of students from the Holy Redeemer school that stands kitty-coner to it and it once was used in the film, “The Rosary Murders.” If you get a chance to stop by, step into this piece of coney island history.
Duly’s Coney Island is featured in the book “Coney Detroit,” published by Wayne State University Press.
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