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Sandy Forces Nathan's To Shut For First Time

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

For the first time in its history, Nathan's Famous on Coney Island will be closed this winter.

Sandy Forces Nathan's To Shut For First Time
For the first time in its history, Nathan's Famous on Coney Island will be closed this winter.
Just like so many other buildings along Surf Avenue, Sandy caused significant flooding and damage to the store.
Matt Soohoo, a visitor from California, journeyed about an hour from Manhattan, only to be disappointed when he arrived at Nathan's.
"I'll probably walk on the boardwalk a little bit. Man, I just wish I had a Nathan's dog too," Soohoo said.
Since opening in 1916, Nathan's  landmark store had operated every single day 365 days a year, until Sandy forced it to close. About 50 staff have been laid off. 
In a statement, Nathan's Famous said it aims to reopen in the Spring, leaving plenty of time to prepare for the Fourth of July annual hot dog eating conte

Just like so many other buildings along Surf Avenue, Sandy caused significant flooding and damage to the store.

Matt Soohoo, a visitor from California, journeyed about an hour from Manhattan, only to be disappointed when he arrived at Nathan's.

"I'll probably walk on the boardwalk a little bit. Man, I just wish I had a Nathan's dog too," Soohoo said.

Since opening in 1916, Nathan's  landmark store had operated every single day 365 days a year, until Sandy forced it to close. About 50 staff have been laid off. 

In a statement, Nathan's Famous said it aims to reopen in the Spring, leaving plenty of time to prepare for the Fourth of July annual hot dog eating contest.

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Comments [4]

carmen

me and my daughter and family we used to go to nathans and eat french fries and love the hot dogs. ihope to god that they have the hot dog contest for fourth of july

May. 09 2013 08:51 PM
Janice Simon

Wow, i cant believe it. I lived there my whole life. I remember when I was younger I used to go to the beach with my mom and her friends. It was so hot that we stayed late on the beach and bring back Nathans to eat on the beach. I live in Fl now. When I go back to NY I always go to Nathans.

Dec. 01 2012 02:30 PM
RBC from By the Sea....

I'm a Brighton Beach resident and the storm hit the area hard. The stores are slowly coming back but many won't be back for a while. Some businesses are waiting for the insurance money, but also for better weather. The winter is always a slow business time so it maybe wiser to wait before reopening. But its a loss for the many part time employees (who lose a paycheck) and the residents (who get to enjoy the area sans tourists)

Nov. 30 2012 04:31 PM
gloria karabinakis from Manhattan

I was born and raised in Brighton Beach and Coney Island was my back yard. I walked to Nathans many a time in the snow to get a hot dog, french fries and an orange drink. It was never closed and my friends and I could always count on it for a delicious pick-me-up after a day at the beach or having fun on all the rides. I live in Manhattan now but make many a trip to Coney Island and will again visit Nathans in the Spring.

Nov. 28 2012 07:48 PM

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