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.|