As someone who located to the west side of Michigan in 2017, I've discovered some local eateries that are staples to the Kalamazoo area. Places you won't find anywhere else in the state. One such place like that growing up in Rochester Hills on the east side, is Lipuma's Coney Island in Downtown Rochester. If you've never experienced just how amazing their Detroit style coney dogs are, maybe now's the time to take a road trip while enjoying the Big Bright Light Show.

Sadly, those lights seem a little dimmer today, as I've just discovered that Bill Lipuma, the founder of the Lipuma's Coney Dogs has passed away, as 7 Action News is reporting. Bill Lipuma founded Lipuma's Coney Island in 1969. After successfully opening six restaurants in the Metro Detroit area, Bill wanted to go where no Coney Island went before, Rochester, Michigan. Bill found a location in the heart of Downtown Rochester on the Paint Creek River, where you can hear the ducks quacking, as their website details.

This year they celebrated their 51st year of operation in Rochester. Bill was considered an icon of the area. He will be missed.

Lipuma's features Mexican, Russian, Coney, Chicago, New York, Relish, and Texas dogs, as well as chili cheese fries and different daily soups. People usually line up for hundreds of feet just to get a chance to taste their food. It's definitely worth the trip.

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