The Coney Island boardwalk in Bailey is a Colorado roadside institution — and is now for sale.

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While it might seem unlikely, this isn’t the first time the Coney Island Parkway has come to a crossroads in Colorado.

Since it first set up shop on West Colfax Avenue in 1966, Brooklyn’s transplant and hot dog stand has become a local roadside legend.

He’s even been on the road for appearances from Denver to Aspen Park and finally Bailey, where he’s sat along Highway 285 since 2006.

The bun-shaped restaurant continued to operate on and off until 2021. Before the pandemic hit, it was nearly put up for public auction for unpaid taxes. This week, the sausage went on sale for at least the third time in just over a decade. It was a long journey for the dog Coney.

This time, owner Greg Aigner has priced the property – which includes the giant booth attached to a small house and an adjoining gift shop with two apartments – for sale at $1.5 million. That’s about the same price as his brother, Ron Aigner, listed him in 2015.

“That’s pretty much an estimate of what my brother has in it,” said Greg Aigner, 65. He acts as curator of the promenade since Ron Aigner, 72, lives in Uruguay.

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Aaron Benko and his son Max, 2, have a snack outside the Coney Island Boardwalk Restaurant in Bailey on May 8, 2022. Benko and his family had hoped to eat at the restaurant but were unaware it was closed. The iconic Coney Island boardwalk, which measures 42 feet long and weighs 18 tons, is up for sale. The structure was originally built on West Colfax Avenue in 1966.

A retired Jefferson County public school teacher, young Aigner now spends a few days a week on Old Stagecoach Road fixing Coney Island. The house needs a new roof, the stucco on the hot dog needs replacing, and the boardwalk itself needs fixing.

“The goal is to open it as soon as possible,” Aigner said.

He works with neighboring business owners to seek out buyers who will “stay local”. But he also wonders if “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone would be interested in adding the Coney to their list of saved Colorado attractions. After all, Parker is from neighboring Conifer.

And like Casa Bonita, which the duo bought last year, Coney Island Boardwalk is known more for its structure than its service — or even its food.

“I went to college in Durango, and I was going up and down (Highway) 285 all the time,” Aigner said. “And I’ve only been there once. I didn’t really care about the food…just being in it…” he said, trailing off.

When his brother had the 42-foot hot dog loaded onto a flatbed semi and driven to Bailey, it was a sight to behold. A few weeks earlier, customers lined up at 11 a.m. in Aspen Park to order their last hot dogs from the Boardwalk. The Coney was greeted within a few towns with an old-fashioned (and single-grill) hot dog barbecue.

  • ASPEN PARK, CO, MARCH.  18, 2006 ...

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    The Coney Island Hot Dog Stand is moving from its home in Aspen Park on US 285 to the town of Bailey.

  • ASPEN PARK, CO, MARCH.  18, 2006 ...

    Kathryn Scott, Denver Post file

    The Coney Island Hot Dog Stand is moving from its home in Aspen Park on US 285 to the town of Bailey.

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    Kathryn Scott, Denver Post file

    The Coney Island Hot Dog Stand is moving from its home in Aspen Park on US 285 to the town of Bailey. As the building comes to Bailey, Paul Eastridge and his friends and family decided to celebrate by cooking rooftop hot dogs outside his apartment.

  • Greg Aigner stands in the Coney...

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    Greg Aigner stands at the Coney Island Boardwalk restaurant in Bailey on May 8, 2022. Aigner has been preparing the sale of the Coney Island Boardwalk property for a few months.

  • Greg Aigner stands in the kitchen...

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    Greg Aigner stands in the kitchen of the Coney Island Boardwalk restaurant in Bailey on May 8, 2022. The property includes the restaurant, a building adjoining the restaurant that was once an old house, a gift shop and two apartments above the shop gifts on just over an acre of land.

  • A room inside Coney Island...

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    A room inside the Coney Island Boardwalk restaurant in Bailey on May 8, 2022.

  • Crocheted hot dogs are on sale...

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    Crochet hot dogs are on sale inside the Fun & Funky Art Gallery and Gift Shop which will be part of the Coney Island Boardwalk restaurant sale in Bailey on May 8, 2022.

  • Greg Aigner checks the looks to see...

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    Greg Aigner checks to see if the OPEN neon sign is still working in the Coney Island Boardwalk restaurant in Bailey on May 8, 2022.

  • A painting by a client of...

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    A painting of a customer at the Coney Island Boardwalk restaurant in Bailey on May 8, 2022 in Bailey.

  • The Fun & Funky Art Gallery...

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    The Fun & Funky Art Gallery and Gift Shop will be part of the Coney Island Boardwalk restaurant sale in Bailey on May 8, 2022.

  • A sign informs customers that the...

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    A sign tells customers that the Fun & Funky Art Gallery and Gift Shop is for sale along with the Coney Island Boardwalk restaurant in Bailey on May 8, 2022.

  • Greg Aigner checks out the cracked...

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    Greg Aigner checks the cracked plaster outside the Coney Island Boardwalk restaurant in Bailey on May 8, 2022.

  • Saphira Bulota, 9 years old, and her elders...

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    Saphira Bulota, 9, and her older sister Aeryn, 13, visit outside the Island Boardwalk restaurant in Bailey on May 8, 2022. The sisters and their father had hoped to eat at the restaurant but were unaware it was closed.

Fast forward 16 years and the ride feels like a still life for drivers along Highway 285. Families will still stop for the Colorado Coney Island Experience and be content with a photo op. A February episode of “South Park” kind of anticipated all of this.

“We know good homes are getting hard to come by in South Park,” the episode’s real estate agent begins. “And that’s why we’re so excited to introduce you to this exceptional new property. This is Aspen Park’s historic hot dog: 200 square feet of pure luxury.

The question now is whether this unique sitcom joke could become an actual business venture.

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