Ilya Marritz covers business for WNYC.
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.
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.