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Coney Island

Fort Wayne's Coney Island announces new partner

A dishwasher who worked his way up to a general manager was named a new partner today of Fort Wayne's Famous Coney Island, according to a statement from Coney Island owner Kathy Choka.

James Todoran became a partner in the family-owned Coney Island at the beginning of November, Choka said.

He was hired as a dishwasher in 1986 by Choka's father, the late Russ Choka. Members of Todoran's family have worked at Coney Island since the 1960s, including his father, brothers, cousins and uncles.

Coney Island will celebrate 100 years in business next year, the statement said.