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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 18 restaurants in the Rochester and Buffalo areas in western New York, including 3 Tap Room-style restaurants, and one tavern-style grill name Flaherty's. Thirteen 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 and Erie County, New York. Exceptions are the facility in the Strong National Museum of Play, and the combined restaurant and sports bar in Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex.