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Nu-Way Weiners dates back to 1916
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Whether you get it plain, add some coleslaw, or chili, Nu-Way Weiners is a staple in Macon. Greek immigrant James Mallis opened the family business in 1916.

Since then, those red hot dogs have kept sizzling in Central Georgia. One of its best-known customers, Oprah Winfrey, stopped by for a bite in 2007.

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She had a diet coke, fries, and a hot dog. The restaurant spells "wiener" incorrectly, switching the e and i. The company says a sign maker got it wrong back in the 1930s and it just stuck.

That's just one thing Historic Macon Executive Director Ethiel Garlington thinks of when talking about Nu-Way.

"Nu-Way is a restaurant for everyone. You know that lunch counter there, a breakfast counter for some people, it's just iconic. And everyone in Macon, and even Oprah, has eaten at Nu-Way, so I think it's just one of those restaurants, one of those places where it doesn't matter who you are, it doesn't matter what you're wearing, it doesn't matter anything about you, you're welcome at Nu-Way," said Garlington.

The founder brought Nu-Way to Macon after seeing how popular hot dogs were up North.

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