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Coney Island Hot Weiner Shop announced plans Thursday to move into the Dallas/Fort Worth area. STEPHEN PINGRY/Tulsa World

Coney Island Hot Weiner Shop is continuing its expansion into Texas.

The downtown Tulsa-based coney restaurant announced Thursday that it is moving into the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

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CVE, the parent company of Coney Island Hot Weiner Shop, reached an agreement with Southlake, Texas-based Coneylicious LLC that covers Dallas, Wise, Denton, Collin, Hunt, Delta, Parker, Tarrant, Rockwall, Kaufman, Johnson and Ellis counties and could lead to as many as 100 locations.

“Our brand after 93 years in business is catching fire because of our storied history. Expanding into Texas is a logical step, and we are expanding the concept the way we want to now,” said Vicki Economou, managing member of CVE.

The hot dog restaurant partnered with DCR Management LLC to begin franchising regionally, and last month announced an agreement that could lead to as many as 80 locations in the Houston, Austin and College Station areas.

The first Texas location will open this summer in San Marcos, Texas, said David Rutkauskas, managing partner of DCR Management.

Coney Island Hot Weiner Shop was founded in 1926 by Greek immigrant Christ Economou. The menu includes Coneys, Frito-pie, three-way, tamales and chili.

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