Owner of George the Chili King is undergoing treatment for bladder cancer
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An iconic restaurant in Des Moines has announced its owner is currently undergoing treatment for cancer.
George the Chili King, located at 5722 Hickman Road, made the announcement on its Facebook page that its owner, George Karaidos Jr., is currently receiving treatment.
In the meantime, George Karaidos Jr. said he and his family will continue to churn out endless vats of thick, saucy chili served over hot dogs and Coneys alongside massive pork tenderloins.
"The family and employees ask that you keep George in your prayers," the post read. "Many have asked about George. George does have cancer and he is currently receiving treatment."
George the Chili King has been in operation since it was founded downtown in 1920 and moved to its now-classic location at the corner of Hickman and Merle Hay roads in 1952.
The restaurant has appeared in both the written works of Bill Bryson and been featured on Guy Fieri's "Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives."
"If anything happens to me, my daughter takes over," Karaidos said, adding that his treatment is going well so far and he will be undergoing chemotherapy and surgery in the near future for bladder cancer. "But I'll be alright. I have a manager running the restaurant right now and it's doing just fine."
The post mentioned that people who would like to send a word of encouragement can send cards to the restaurant and they will be forwarded to Karaidos.