Auction set at old Ja-Fa-Fa Hots site

October 30, 2012 Updated Oct 30, 2012 at 8:21 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First by James Fink

October 30, 2012 Updated Oct 30, 2012 at 8:21 AM EDT

For years Ja-Fa-Fa Hots was a prime destination for hot dogs and summertime cruise nights.

But now the popular Cheektowaga hot-dog stand -- and later pizza outlet -- has one last sale set for its books. An auction has been set to sell off all of the restaurant's equipment, including pizza ovens, sub-aking tables, grease traps and griddles.

The auction, being run by Cash Realty & Auctions, is set for Nov. 1 at the restaurant site, 3252 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga. The auction is set to begin at 10 a.m.

"Just the name alone has helped create a buzz," said Cash Cunningham, who is handling the auction.

Ja-Fa-Fa Hots, which operated as Most Pizza in its final days, closed earlier this year and its property has been acquired by Grabber & Sons Landscaping and Nursery Inc., which sat next to the restaurant. Grabber & Sons is planning a small expansion.

Ja-Fa-Fa Hots first opened in 1946 as one of the region's first suburban hot-dog stands. Located alongside the Kensington Expressway, the restaurant had great visibility.

The original Ja-Fa-Fa Hots building burned in 1979 and was replaced by a new building. The cruise nights featuring classic cars debuted in 1981 and were a mainstay for nearly three decades.

In more recent years, Ja-Fa-Fa Hots switched its focus from char-grilled hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken sandwiches to selling pizzas, first as a Just Pizza franchise and, in its final days, as an independent operation.

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