on December 10, 2013 - 12:09 AM
, updated December 10, 2013 at 12:26 PM
Spiro T. Liaros, president of Ted’s Hot Dogs, the Buffalo area’s signature hot dog chain, has died in Phoenix, where he had lived since 1983.
The company announced his death in a posting on its Facebook page at about 2 p.m. Monday. A family member said he was 84.
Mr. Liaros, the son of Theodore Spiro Liaros, who began selling hot dogs from a horse-drawn cart near the construction site for the Peace Bridge in the mid-1920s, was hailed on the Facebook posting as “the modern patriarch of Ted’s Jumbo Red Hots.”
Ted’s has eight locations in Erie and Niagara counties and one in Tempe, Ariz.
The Facebook said that funeral arrangements are being made in Arizona and that a memorial service will be held in Western New York.