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The Nathan’s Famous story is as much about famous flavor as it is tradition.

This Is the Original

In 1916, Polish immigrant Nathan Handwerker started a nickel hot dog stand on Coney Island with a $300 loan from two friends and his wife’s secret spice recipe. Today, Nathan’s is the most famous hot dog in the world, with restaurants across the globe, products in every supermarket in America and millions of fans. And yes, the original Coney Island restaurant is still there at the corner of Surf and Stillwell – home of our annual Hot Dog Eating Contest.

Nathan's Through the Years

Nathan's Famous store front

1916

Nathan Handwerker opens the original Nathan’s Famous hot dog stand.

Nathan's Famous store front

July 4, 1916

To settle an argument over who was the most patriotic, legend has it that four immigrants held a hot dog eating contest at our famous Coney Island stand.​

Al Capone at Nathan's Famous Brooklyn

1918

Legendary gangster and Brooklyn native Al Capone hit up Nathan’s whenever he traveled back home.

Clara Bow

1921

Nathan’s hired redheaded teenager Clara Bow as a server. While working at Nathan’s, she entered a magazine contest where she was discovered and went on to be the “It Girl” of the 1920’s silent films.

Nathan's famous celebrating end of prohibition

1933

To celebrate the end of prohibition, Nathan’s Famous served free beer. Cheers!

President Roosevelt in a car

1939

President Roosevelt brought a taste of the Original across the pond by serving Nathan’s hot dogs to the King and Queen of England.

Nathan's Famous store front

1946

Nathan’s introduces seafood products and its famous clam bar.

Nathan's famous in Oceanside, NY

1955

Nathan’s opens up its second location in Oceanside, Long Island, New York.

Nathan's Famous in Yonkers

1965

Three’s a crowd! Nathan’s opens its third restaurant in Yonkers, New York.

Hot dog cook book

1968

Nathan Handwerker’s son, Murray, publishes The Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Cookbook.

Nathan's famous in Times Square, NY

1971

To meet growing demand for Nathan’s mouthwatering hot dogs, we opened up our fourth restaurant right in Times Square, New York.

people competing at the first ever major recorded hot dog eating contest

1972

Nathan’s holds the first-ever major and recorded hot dog eating contest on the Fourth of July in Coney Island. Jason Schechter (USA) wins it all by eating 14 hot dogs and buns.

package of hot nathan's famous hot dogs

1983

Nathan’s hot dogs make their supermarket debut.

Nathan's famous store

1987

The Handwerker family sells off the Nathan’s Famous business to private investors, who then expanded franchise operations around New York.

nathan's famous maskot

1992

Frankster was born! To this day, our fun, playful mascot delights thousands of children as part of the Nathan’s kid’s meal program.

Takery Kobayashi after setting the hot dog eating contest record with 50 hot dogs under 10 minutes

2001

Takeru Kobayashi sets a new standard for hot-dog-eating supremacy by eating 50 in 10 minutes – double that of the previous record. He went on to win the next six Hot Dog Eating Contests.

Joey Chestnut after defending Kobayashi

2007

American Joey Chestnut defeats Takeru Kobayashi, the six-time defending champion, in the Nathan’s Famous 92nd Annual International Hot Dog Eating Contest.

Sonya Thomas winning the women's only hot dog eating contest

2012

One year after the women’s only Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest began, Sonya Thomas set the women’s record by eating 45 hot dogs and buns.

nathan's famous store closed due Hurricane Sandy

2012

Hurricane Sandy forces our Coney Island location to close for the first time since 1916.

Joey Chestnut setting a new record of 69 hot dogs

2013

Joey Chestnut sets a new Hot Dog Eating Contest record: 69.

Richard Patty Motorsports car

2014

Nathan’s began a sponsorship of Richard Petty Motorsports. The first race was at the historic Ponoco Raceway.

Nathan's Famous mobile tour stand

2014

Nathan’s launches Mobile Tour and takes that Original Coney Island flavor and fun on the road. We currently have two tours that travel 2,000 miles every year!

Nathan's Famous playground

2014

In partnership with KaBOOM!, Nathan’s donates and builds a Coney Island-inspired playground for the city of Kissimmee, Florida.

Matt Stoney upsets Joey Chestnut in the hot dog eating contest

2015

Upset! Matt Stonie defeats the legendary Joey Chestnut at the 99th Annual Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. 

100th aniversary Nathan's Famous logo

2016

Nathan’s celebrates 100 years of the World Famous Frankfurter. Here’s to the next century!

Joey Chestnut setting new world record

2016

Joey Chestnut sets a new world record by eating 73.5 hot dogs and buns at a Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifying event.

Longest line of hot dogs

2016

Nathan’s Famous sets a Guinness World Record for the longest line of hot dogs.

logo of MLB and Nathan's famous

2017

Marrying two of America’s greatest pastimes, Nathan’s Famous knocks it right out of the park by becoming the first-ever Official Hot Dog of Major League Baseball.

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One Jericho Plaza Second Floor - Wing A Jericho, New York 11753

Phone: 516-338-8500 Fax: 516-338-7220