The grandson and namesake of Ted's Hot Dogs founder Theodore "Teddy" Liaros is getting ready to open his third Theodore's Red Hots location at 7500 Transit Road in Amherst on the former site of a Mr. Pita restaurant.
Last year, Teddy; his wife, Beth; and their daughter, Bailey, were fired from Ted's Hot Dogs, which is run by Teddy's father, Spiro.
Ted's declined to disclose the reason for the termination, which the Liaroses said blindsided them.
Shortly afterward, the Liaroses opened their first Theodore's Red Hots location on Grand Island Boulevard in Grand Island.
In April, Theodore's opened a second location on Union Road in Cheektowaga, just five miles from a Ted's Hot Dogs in Depew. They are shooting for a Labor Day opening with the third store, which is just a minute's drive from a Ted's Hot Dogs location down the street.
"Sales are very strong at our two locations, and we anticipate they will be strong at the [Amherst]location, too," said Beth Liaros, Theodore's Red Hots' chief financial officer. "We've definitely been well received."
Theodore's is sticking to an expansion plan of about three stores per year, with its fourth location planned for early spring.
They are scouting locations in North Buffalo, Hamburg and other places.
The Liaroses are still holding on to a parcel of land they bought on Bailey Avenue in Buffalo, which they had originally hoped to make the site of their initial location.
When they tore down the former Pizza Hut on the property, they found that new setback and green space requirements would reduce the allowed size of their proposed restaurant and its parking lot, perhaps to the point a restaurant there wouldn't be feasible, Beth Liaros said.
"We've been in communication with the town, and we're revisiting that location," she said.
The Liaroses would also like to open a location in Arizona but have no immediate plans to do so.