A native of Oklahoma, Coley founded the Knox Avenue shop in 1996 as a family-friendly place to nosh on hot dogs and frozen custard. For nearly 20 years, it has remained a huge Park Cities favorite, and Coley was always on hand with a friendly greeting.
Spokesman Austin Rucker said that Coley had seemingly beat his battle with cancer until a complication set in.
"He'd been dealing with stage 4 cancer for a couple of years," Rucker says. "It stabilized, but there was a complication from the experimental chemo he was on. It was one of these rare complications. He hung on as long as he possibly could."
Services haven't been announced, but friends and family will convene at the shop on Thursday night. "That was a regular thing that Harry would do, come in and grab dinner on Thursday nights," Rucker says.
The company will still move forward with its new branch in Deep Ellum; the kitchen equipment is hooked up, and they're readying for their health inspection.
"He knew what he wanted to do, and we have a clear vision of how to move forward," Rucker says.