Famed M*A*S*H Hot Dog Diner Sale Falls Through
Ohio's Tony Packo's diner, which was featured on multiple episodes the popular television series, was set to be sold for $5.5 million.
The sale of a iconic hot dog diner that gained worldwide notoriety after being featured multiple times on M*A*S*H was halted on its closing day because of a bank-required change.
Tony Packo's, whose original store is based in Toledo, Ohio was set to be sold for $5.5 million, but the potential buyer, restauranteur Bob Bennett backed out when the bank holding the loan to the chain of diners increased its requirements for the transaction, according to Ohio news station WNWO.
The news came as Tony Packo's Inc. executive vice president Tony Packo III and another company official pleaded not guilty to stealing from the company, reports the Associated Press.
Actor Jamie Farr, who played Corporal Max Klinger on CBS' M*A*S*H and is a Toledo native, called out the diner in a 1976 episode, saying "If you're ever in Toledo, Ohio, on the Hungarian side of town, Tony Packo's got the greatest Hungarian hot dogs."
The restaurant then became something of a staple on the show, with one episode featuring a storyline that had Packo's shipping sausage casings to the mobile hospital unit. It was also mentioned in the series finale.
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