Nathan’s Celebrates 100 Years With Five-Cent Franks

The original Nathan’s Famous on Coney Island will be selling hot dogs for five cents on Saturday
Nathan's Hot Dogs

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Founder Nathan Handwerker famously sold hot dogs across the street from his former employer at half the price, or five cents.

Nathan’s Famous is celebrating 100 years this Memorial Day weekend by offering up its hot dogs for five cents at the original Nathan’s Famous restaurant located at the corner of Surf and Stillwell avenues this Saturday, May 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Founder Nathan Handwerker famously sold his hot dogs for five cents each when he first opened his hot dog stand in Coney Island 100 years ago. He set up shop across the street from his former boss, entrepreneur Charles Feltman, and sold his hot dogs for half the price, which put Feltman out of business. Handwerker’s hot dogs were not only cheaper but featured a “unique hot dog spice recipe,” courtesy of his wife Ida, details the Brooklyn Paper.

In addition to the five cent franks deal, available exclusively at the Coney Island location, Nathan’s has posted additional five cent hot dog day deals on its website, which include a buy one get one for five cents deal on Nathan’s hot dogs at participating restaurants and on packages of Nathan’s hot dogs at supermarkets.

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