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GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE/BROWARD COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER
1950 EISENHOWER BOULEVARD
HALLS B&C
FT. LAUDERDALE FL 33316

THURSDAY, JANUARY 24 2019
10am - 4pm

FRIDAY, JANUARY 25 2019
10am - 4pm

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 2019
10am - 4pm

PAPAYA KING IS LOCATED AT BOOTH #1028

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THE  AMERICAN  DREAM

In 1923, a 16-year-old Greek boy named Gus Poulos arrived at the docks of Ellis Island from Athens, Greece. Alone in a big city. No friends.  No family.  No money.  Full of energy and ambition.  Gus quickly immersed himself in the Roaring 20's and began his journey toward the American Dream.   Within three years, Gus went from working at a deli in the Yorkville section of Manhattan to owning it.

After years of hard work, Gus was able to take his first vacation and he set his sights on the sunny beaches of Miami where he fell in love with the plentiful supply of papaya, The Aristocratic Melon of the Tropics.

When he got back to New York, Gus went looking for his beloved papayas but none could be found.   Florida was a world away by train and as a result most tropical fruits were completely unknown to New Yorkers.   In 1931, after figuring out how to get fresh fruit to New York, Gus sold his deli and opened his first tropical juice store (and the  first tropical juice store (and the first juice bar in New York) called Hawaiian Tropical Drinks.   Brilliant idea.   But no one came.t didn't take long for New Yorkers to get hooked on the drinks (OK, the girls in hula skirts didn’t hurt!) Long lines formed outside his store and the legend of his papaya drinks spread like wildfire.  In 1935, he opened another store in Brooklyn, and in 1937, he set up his third shop in Philadelphia.  He started serving fresh squeezed strawberry shakes and coconut drinks mixed with papaya juice.  The birth of the smoothie as we know it! Despite his success, something was missing.

Gus' first store was on 86th Street and 3rd Avenue in Manhattan (still there today), an area that was heavily populated with German and Polish immigrants at the time.  One day while trying to impress a young German-American woman named "Birdie" on his newly purchased roller skates, Gus fell and badly injured his ankle.  The young lass took pity on him and helped him through his recuperation which included bringing him food from the German restaurants in the neighborhood. Gus loved the food and his new girlfriend.  After he and Birdie decided to marry, he introduced the frankfurter to his juice stand creating one of the most magical combinations of all time.

Today, Papaya King is a NYC icon as recognizable by name as Rockefeller Center, Times Square, the Yankees...you get the idea. 

We are looking for passionate franchisee partners to join our family as Papaya King embarks on writing the next chapter in its 86+ year storied history.

This website contains all of the information you need to know about owning a Papaya King franchise.

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