"Nathan’s grilled dogs — and much of its equipment — ended up under water when the Oct. 29 hurricane hit the Boardwalk," the Brooklyn Paper recently reported. "The company wouldn’t comment on the extent of the damage, but did say its losses were comparable to other Surf Avenue mainstays, which had fluid from the sewers bubble up into their businesses and destroy their interiors."
Nathan's was founded in 1916 by Polish immigrant Nathan Handerwerker, who'd been working at the sausage empire started by Charles Feltman, a German often credited with inventing the hot dog. Handerwerker opened his own stand and charged a nickel to Feltman's dime; by the 50s, Feltman's was out of business, and Nathan's would soon begin expanding into other cities.
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