Nu-Way Weiners

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Nu-Way Weiners, Inc.
Restaurant information
Slogan "I'd Go a Long Way For a Nu-Way"
Established 1916
Current owner(s) Spyros Dermatas & James Cacavias
Food type hot dogs, hamburgers, breakfast
Street address 428 Cotton Ave.
City Macon
State Georgia
Postal/ZIP Code 31201
Country United States
Coordinates 32°50′13″N 83°37′50″W / 32.836845°N 83.630561°W / 32.836845; -83.630561Coordinates: 32°50′13″N 83°37′50″W / 32.836845°N 83.630561°W / 32.836845; -83.630561
Other locations Central Georgia area

Nu-Way Weiners, Inc. is a company that operates a chain of fast food restaurants that started in Macon, Georgia, United States. Nu-Way is known for hot dogs (or wieners, not the misspelled "weiners") – unique for their red color.[1] Nu-Way also serves other breakfast and lunch items, including pancakes, grits, sandwiches, and hamburgers.[2] As of 2016, 10 Nu-Way Weiner restaurants operate in the central Georgia area, although the main location on Cotton Avenue in downtown Macon is temporarily closed to a fire in 2015.[3] Nu-Way's slogan is "I'd Go a Long Way For a Nu-Way" and is a registered trademark of Nu-Way Weiners, Inc.[4]


In 1916, Greek American James Mallis opened a hot dog stand in Macon named “Nu-Way Weiners.”[5] Established the same year as Nathan's Famous hot dog stand in New York City, Nu-Way is one of the oldest hot dog restaurants in the United States.[6]

By 1968, three Nu-Way Weiner restaurants existed, which expanded to nine locations by 1972.[2] Nu-Way developed a clientele with a taste for its hot dogs with chili ("chili dogs") and hot dogs with cole slaw ("slaw dogs"). Because of that combination, The New York Times declared Nu-Way to be the "king" of the slaw dog "hill".[1] A quarter-pound hamburger, called the Mega-Burger, was also added to the menu.

During the morning hours of March 13, 2015, the original Cotton Avenue location was destroyed by fire.[7] Fortunately, the iconic neon sign was saved from the blaze.[7] The owners have indicated the restaurant will be rebuilt.[7]

Food critics have praised Nu-Way for its authentic Southern American cuisine and nostalgic atmosphere.[8][9] In November 2007, Nu-Way received widespread media attention when Oprah Winfrey visited the restaurant while in Macon to tape the annual Oprah's Favorite Things episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show.[10] She claimed that Nu-Way was one of her favorite things about Macon.[11]

In 1999, Nu-Way was featured on a PBS special A Hot Dog Program.[12] The program was a one-hour special that traveled to various locations in the United States, featuring "some of the finest hot dog houses in the country".[13]

Since 2000, Nu-Way's owners have worked to modernize the restaurants, including updated drive-through windows.[2] Nu-Way also sells T-shirts and other items with their slogan "I'd Go A Long Way For A Nu-Way."


  1. ^ a b Lukas, Paul (2002-07-03). "High Spots in a Nation of Hot-Dog Heavens". The New York Times. pp. F1. 
  2. ^ a b c Murray, Lori B. (2001-01-01). "QSR Magazine, Baby Steps". Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  3. ^ Nu-Way Weiners, Inc., "Locations". Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  4. ^ Nu-Way Weiners, Inc., "Homepage". Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  5. ^ Edge, John (2008-05-09). "New Georgia Encyclopedia, "Foodways: Overview"". Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  6. ^ "Nu Way Wiener Stand". Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  7. ^ a b c Liz Fabian (March 13, 2015). "Nu-Way Weiners vows to rebuild in time for 100th anniversary". The Telegraph. 
  8. ^ Stern, Michael. " "Nu-Way-Macon, GA"". Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  9. ^ Lukas, Paul (2000-01-01). "'Frank Discussion At these Nine Local Eateries, a Hot Dog on the Road is a Memorable Meal.'". CNN. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  10. ^ Fabian, Liz (2007-11-15). "Oprah Hitting all the Hot Spots in Macon". Retrieved 2009-03-22.  External link in |newspaper= (help)
  11. ^ Ramati, Phillip (2007-11-20). "Oprah's Macon, Georgia Visit Could Boost Local Businesses". The Huffington Post/ Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  12. ^ WDED Multimedia. "Hot Dog Places". Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  13. ^ WDED Multimedia. "A Hot Dog Program". Retrieved 2009-04-25. 

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