Zesto in the News

Zesto in the News

Creative Loafing
September 3, 2019

70 and Counting
Zesto Atlanta’s family affair marks a milestone of sweet and savory service

ZESTO PARKING LOT AT 2439 PIEDMONT ROAD (CA. 1962) PRIOR TO ITS RELOCATION DOWN THE STREET.

Back in the early 1970s, Jimbo Livaditis played youth baseball at Bagley Park (since renamed Frankie Allen Park) in the Garden Hills neighborhood in Buckhead. With some frequency, on the way home after a game or practice, the parents of Livaditis and his preteen teammates would take their Little Leaguers to the nearby Zesto for an ice cream treat or milkshake.

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AJC
July 24, 2019

An Atlanta institution, Zesto marks 70 years of soft serve, memories.

Connie Pappas (top left), Marina Kuluberis (top right) and their friend (bottom left) eat their meals of a burger, fries and a chili dog, respectively, during the 70th anniversary celebration for Zesto Atlanta.

If you like history, especially Atlanta history, check out a Facebook group called You Know You’re From Atlanta When. A lot of reminiscing happens there, like a big family reunion where everyone sits around in lawn chairs and waxes poetic with “remember when” stories.

Restaurants of a bygone era are a favorite topic among the group. And, whenever talk turns to local mom-and-pop restaurant chain Zesto, the comments pile up.

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Atlanta Magazine
July 16, 2019

Where to get soft serve ice cream in Atlanta
Sometimes ice cream is all you need to make the day a little brighter

Ice Cream ConesIt’s sometimes easy to overlook Zesto, the fast food institution that’s currently celebrating its 70th anniversary but let us remind you: their soft serve is legit. For about $4 you can get a cone of chocolate, vanilla, or a twist dipped in one of their shells (go for the “brown crown” aka chocolate) and sprinkles or nuts. The serving is massive and equally delicious.

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680 The Fan

680The Fan radio spot with Jimbo and Leigh Ann.

680The Fan radio spot with Jimbo and Leigh Ann - July 11, 2019

Atlanta Traveler
July 9, 2019

Sensational Screamin’ Good Ice Cream in Atlanta (and Georgia)

Nut Brown CrownIf you like your ice cream a little more old-school, try Zesto’s Drive-In (you can also eat-in). Zesto’s is a local family-owned business that has milkshakes, malts, floats, and sundaes, but most kids get soft-serve vanilla or chocolate ice cream cone. My favorite is a Nut Brown Crown, your choice of vanilla, chocolate or twist soft serve ice cream dipped in rich milk chocolate that hardens on the ice cream. I like to get mine rolled in nuts too. In addition to good ice cream, I like to support Zesto’s because owners Jimmy and Leigh Ann Lividitis are friends of mine and just good people who give a lot to their community. Plus you won’t need to take out a loan to buy the family an ice cream here.

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Atlanta Intown
July 7, 2019

Happy Birthday, Zesto!
Atlanta ice cream and burger institution celebrates 70 years.

Zesto in Little Five points

One of Atlanta’s true icons, Zesto has been serving signature treats like the Nut Brown Crown (soft serve ice cream dipped in milk chocolate and rolled in dry roasted peanuts), Arctic Swirl cones, milkshakes, sundaes, banana splits, chili dogs and the Chubby Decker, Atlanta’s first ever double cheeseburger, for 70 years.

In 1949, Big John Livaditis opened the first Zesto franchise in Atlanta on Peachtree Road across from the Brookwood train station and it was instantly popular. Big John, born in Illinois to Greek parents, sponsored other Greek immigrants to come to the United States to work with him and opened more Zesto locations.

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Simply Buckhead
July 3, 2019

Classic Comfort
Zesto rings in 70th anniversary with special menu items and deals

A fixture on Piedmont Road in Buckhead since opening 70 years ago, Zesto Atlanta began its legacy with a menu comprised exclusively of soft serve ice cream that was designed to compete with Dairy Queen. In the mid-1950s, as a move to boost sales, owner John Livaditis added hamburgers as an option and began selling Christmas trees in the parking lot during the winter (an operation Atlantans now recognize as Big John’s Christmas Trees.) Four additional locations and even more diverse menu items later, Zesto has become a longstanding Atlanta destination, known for its classic comfort food.

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11Alive
July 1, 2019

‘We are so grateful’
Atlanta icon Zesto celebrates 70th birthday with 70 cent hotdogs

Still family owned and operated today, Zesto is celebrating its 70th birthday this month with rollback prices on one of its best-selling items.

Northside Neighbor
June 24, 2019

Family Feel
Buckhead’s Zesto welcomes old and new as it turns 70

Leigh Ann and Jimbo Livaditis sit inside Zesto Buckhead restaurant, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary July 1.

The Zesto restaurant in Buckhead has stood the test of time because it embraces not only the 1950s culture, even down to the Googie architecture, but also the youngest generation.

“I think that it has that unique feel,” Vice President Leigh Ann Livaditis said of the eatery, which turns 70 this year. “We’re not as famous as The Varsity, but we’re that same old-school Atlanta (business). People keep telling me we’re an icon. It hit me when that rep from 680 the Fan (radio station) told me it’s more about the nostalgic all-American experience that people of all ages crave. I guess Zesto offers a comforting counterpoint to the stress of modern times.

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Eater Atlanta
June 13, 2019

Cool Down This Summer With Soft Serve Ice Cream
Where to find soft serve ice cream and frozen custard around ATL

Few foods conjure more memories of childhood and summer than soft serve ice cream. The two seem to go hand-in-hand. Here are a few places around Atlanta to grab a soft serve cone or even frozen custard dipped in chocolate or covered in sprinkles, peanuts, or pralines beyond Dairy Queen.

Zesto’s Drive-In has been an Atlanta institution since the first location opened in 1949 on Peachtree Street across from Brookwood Station. That location is gone but, the Piedmont Road shop, opened in the 1950s, is still offering the shop’s real deal vanilla and chocolate soft serve. Dip that cake or waffle cone in nuts, chocolate, or butterscotch topping. Other locations include Little Five Points, East Atlanta, Forrest Park, and Tyrone.

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Northside Neighbor
May 8, 2019

Immigrant’s son established Buckhead institution 70 years ago

In the Zesto on Piedmont Road in Buckhead, owner Jimbo Livaditis is more comfortable introducing the people that work there than talking about himself.

I get it. I find the people with the most interesting stories are often reluctant to have the spotlight shine on them. They didn’t get where they are by being in the paper every week or seeking out awards and publicity.

But when he talked about the area back when his father John Livaditis opened this location, Livaditis leaned forward and pointed to where the Zesto was originally less than a block away, toward Lindbergh Drive, when it was a walkup ice cream shop. It had formerly been a Miss Georgia Dairy.

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Fox 5
April 27, 2018

Burgers with Buck celebrates ATL Burger Week at Zesto

 

It is an Atlanta institution. Since 1949, Zesto has been serving burgers, fries, rings, ice cream, milkshakes, and a whole lot more in Atlanta. 

The Chubby Decker is their signature burger (click on the story to learn how it got its name…pretty interesting), and they bill it as Atlanta’s Original Double Decker Hamburger.

 

For Atlanta Burger Week, they have raised the proverbial bar. In fact, they describe their Chubbiest Decker as a double-decker on steroids. It’s big. The Chubbiest Decker consists of two beef patties, bacon, a homemade onion ring, mustard, ketchup, onion, pickle, lettuce, tomato, and cheese.  Did I mention that it’s big? And it’s good too…

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Action News
1979

Col. Harland Sanders enjoys a Zesto milkshake!

It was 1979 (our 30th anniversary) ... and Zesto had a really special visitor! Who remembers the REAL Col. Sanders? 🎥😍

Posted by Zesto on Friday, July 26, 2019