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Crown Candy Kitchen

The oldest soda fountain in St. Louis has been serving up treats for more than a century. 


Opened in 1913 by Harry Karandzieff and his best friend Pete Jugaloff, Crown Candy Kitchen is the oldest soda fountain in St. Louis. The two friends used their confectionary skills from Greece to whip up sweets in a family-friendly environment. During the 1950s, Harry’s son George took the business over and it into what it is today.

Today, George’s three sons, Andy, Tommy and Mike, run the shop with a little help from the fourth. generation. Besides the soda fountain and house-made chocolate candy, Crown Candy Kitchen serves great food for lunch and dinner. Whether you’re in the mood for a thick stacked sandwich, chili, a giant gourmet frank, a salad or a bowl of soup, Crown Candy Kitchen’s staff is ready to satisfy your appetite.

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