September 20, 2014, marked the last day of service for Zesto on Ponce de Leon Avenue, the iconic chrome diner that served only ice cream when it first opened in 1954. A national chain based in Missouri, Zesto later served burgers and hot dogs, but soft serve remained the customer favorite. Franchise owners Jimbo and Lee Livaditis opted not to renew the lease on the property, which has become a Cook Out, a burger chain based in North Carolina. The other five Zesto locations across Atlanta are still open.
This article originally appeared in our January 2015 issue.