CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF NATHAN'S
The Original Nathan's Famous hot dog stand was founded by Nathan Handwerker in 1916.
On July 4th 1916, legend states that four immigrants held a hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous stand in Coney Island to settle an argument about who was the most patriotic.
In 1921, Nathan hired a redheaded teenager by the name of Clara Bowtiinelli to assist in serving his customers. While working at Nathan's she was discovered and went on to become Clara Bow, the "It Girl" of the 1920's silent films.
To celebrate the end of prohibition in 1933, Nathan's Famous served free beer.
In 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt served Nathan's Famous hot dogs to the King and Queen of England, bringing the delicious taste of Nathan's hot dogs across the pond.
In 1946 Nathan’s introduced seafood products and its famous clam bar
Nathan's opened their second location in Oceanside, Long Island in 1955.
Nathan's opened their third location in Yonkers, NY in 1965.
The Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Cookbook was published by Nathan Handwerkers' son Murray Handwerker in 1968.
Nathan's opened it's 4th restaurant in Times Square in 1971 due to the growing demand for Nathan Handwerker's mouthwatering hot dogs.
In 1983 Nathan’s are first sold in supermarkets
The Handwerker family sold the Nathan's Famous business to private investors in 1987 who expanded franchise operations around New York.
In 1992, Nathan’s Frankster was born. This fun and playful mascot delights thousands of children as part of the Nathan’s kids meal program
In 2001, Takeru Kobayashi broke the world record for the most hot dogs eaten in 10 minutes at 50 - doubling the previous record of 25 set by Kazutoyo Arai. Kobayashi went on to win the next 6 contests.
In 2007, Joey Chestnut defeated Takeru Kobayashi, the 6-time defending champion, in the Nathan's Famous 92nd Annual International Hot Dog Eating Contest.
The Nathan's Famous Coney Island location was closed in 2012 for the first time since 1916 due to Hurricane Sandy.
In June of 2014, Nathan's began a sponsorship of Richard Petty Motorsports. The first race was at the historic Ponoco Raceway.
Nathan's launched its Mobile Tour in 2014, bringing the fun of Coney Island on the road. They currently operate two mobile tours that travel 2,000 miles every year!
In 2014, Nathan's donated and built a Coney Island inspired playground for the city of Kissimee in partnership with KaBOOM!
In 2015 Matt Stonie defeated defending champion Joey Chestnut in the 99th annual Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, NY.
Nathan’s Famous sets Guinness World Records™ for Longest line of hot dogs.