Coney Island History
July 7th 1960 – Darrell and Gertrude Todd and Family from Brooksville opened Coney Island Drive – Inn in an old boat manufacturing building.
1961 – Elvis Presley was in Inverness, Florida filming a movie and legend has it he ventured down to Brooksvegas for one of the Famous Footlongs.
1968 – Fred Rice was brought on board and was the master hot dog slinger until 1992 and legend has it that he still keeps an eye on the place.
1971 – Coney Island Drive Inn was purchased by Ralph and Gene Collins.
1972 – The movie Death Dream was filmed in Coney Island for a day and was the highlight of the movie.
Mid Seventies – In the Mid 1970's, Walt Disney World was the only other institution that used more footlong Hotdog buns in the state than Coney Island Drive – Inn.
Mid Seventies - Diggity Dog was born into the Family and has been the Brooksville Icon since.
1985 – Tom Collins, son of Ralph and Gene Collins, purchased the family business with Daughter Daiquiri and keep the Brooksville Tradition going into the 21rst century.
2006 – The Hensley Family purchased the Drive – Inn and an old tradition was kept in place.
2014 – May 5th Sally Lee purchases Coney Island Drive-Inn with her son Carter Lee. They bring on Dad (John Lee) to help.
2015- purchases old turpentine building in Zephyrhills Fl for location #2
2016- May, Zephyrhills location opens
2019/2020- Location #3 Crystal river Fl coming soon