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Bill Gray's is a chain of restaurants based in Webster, New York (a suburb of Rochester, New York) that currently has 16 restaurants in the Rochester and Buffalo areas in western New York; eight of these locations also sell Abbott's Frozen Custard.
In 1938, Bill and Alberta Gray began selling hot dogs in Webster. Within a few years, Bill Gray's expanded and added multiple items to its menu, including its self-proclaimed World's Greatest Cheeseburger.
Local businessman Bruce Hegedorn became a partner with Bill Gray in the early '60s. With Bill as the head of operations and store management, Bruce as the financial person and location expert, they continued to expand and build the restaurant chain. They acquired competitor Tom Wahl's in 1986.
Bill Gray's mostly operates stand-alone restaurants in Monroe County, New York. Exceptions are the facility in Boulevard Mall near Buffalo, the facility in the Strong National Museum of Play, and combined restaurant & sports bars in Ontario, New York and at Monroe Community College in Henrietta, New York