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Thursday, September 15, 2016


TODAY: Nathan’s Famous, Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York. Image:  Voice of America.
In 1916, Polish immigrant Nathan Handwerker started a nickel hot dog stand on Brooklyn’s 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 first Coney Island store is still there.

YESTERDAY: Worshipping at the shrine of the American hot dog, Nathan’s Famous in the 1950s.
REEL DEAL: That’s actor Kevin Bacon at work on a Nathan’s Famous hot dog in a scene from the 2009 flick “These Vagabond Shoes,” set in NYC.

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