A Few Facts About Nathan’s Famous

       If you’ve ever eaten in a diner or other similar restaurants, then you’ve probably seen those paper placemats with advertisements printed on them.  Some fast food restaurants also use their own versions to place on trays.  I recently ate at a Nathan’s Famous restaurant, and on my tray was a paper placemat with some little-known facts about the restaurant and hot dog, including: 

  • To open his first restaurant in Coney Island in 1916, Nathan borrowed $300 from his entertainer friends Jimmy Durante and Eddie Cantor, and the 5-cent hot dogs were made using his grandmother’s secret spice recipe, which is still used today.
  • Nathan’s opened its second restaurant in Oceanside, Long Island in 1955.
  • The third restaurant was opened on Central Avenue in Yonkers in 1965.
  • The fourth restaurant, inTimes Square, was opened in 1971.
  • Nathan’s sold more than 425 million hot dogs in 2010 – placed end-to-end, that would be long enough to wrap around the world.
  • China held its first hot dog eating contest in June of this year.

       Just some more information about a New York tradition! 

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Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer



My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death in The Cloisters (under construction)

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