The Nathan's Famous flagship in Coney Island has been closed since Superstorm Sandy struck just before Halloween 2012, but they've now reopened in time for summer with a revamped menu.
Located on the corner of Stillwell and Surf avenues, the famous restaurant was flooded by Sandy with 6 feet of water that also damaged many other businesses in the area. Much of the interior was demolished and renovated, but in the morning hours of May 4, a fire broke out due to construction. Thankfully, the fire was brought under control less than an hour later. It's been seven months since the Nathan's doors closed, and according to a post on their site, "We believe that our flagship restaurant has operated continuously, 365 days a year, up until the time that Hurricane Sandy hit."
The location started in 1916 as a hot dog stand and was founded by Polish immigrant Nathan Handwerker, along with his wife Ida, who developed the recipe for the famous hot dogs. Since then, the food has become a favorite of everyday folks, as well as actors, athletes, singers, politicians, and everyone in between. It's said that Jacqueline Kennedy served the hot dogs at the White House.
Now, the Nathan's flagship is back in action and ready to feed the hungry masses. On May 20, they posted a photo on their Facebook page of the reopened restaurant along with a caption reading, "Isn't it a beautiful sight?" On May 23 -- Grand Reopening Day -- another photo was posted of the hotdog link cutting ceremony. Who needs a ribbon when you have several feet of hot dogs?
In addition to their famous menu of hot dogs, crinkle-cut fries, and burgers, Nathan's brought back their clam bar, which hasn't been a part of the business since the 1950s. They're now also serving beer and wine.Welcome back, Nathan's. You've been missed.
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