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Nathan’s Famous Reopens On Coney Island In Time For Memorial Day Weekend

The Iconic Hot Dog Stand Was Destroyed In Sandy
Nathan's Famous reopens nearly seven months after superstorm Sandy. This photo was posted on the Nathan's Facebook page on Monday, May 20, 2013. (credit: facebook.com/nathansfamous)

Nathan’s Famous reopens nearly seven months after superstorm Sandy. This photo was posted on the Nathan’s Facebook page on Monday, May 20, 2013. (credit: facebook.com/nathansfamous)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island is open for business nearly seven months after superstorm Sandy severely damaged the iconic landmark.

The original 1310 Surf Avenue location reopened Monday at 7 p.m., according to Nathan’s official Facebook page.

A picture of the newly opened restaurant was also posted, with the caption “Isn’t it a beautiful sight?”

The hot dog haven was completely flooded in the Oct. 29 storm. It has been redesigned to now feature an oyster bar for the first time in the restaurant’s nearly 100 years of operation.

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Nathan’s held its first-ever regional hot dog eating contest in March and will hold its annual July 4th hot dog eating contest on the Coney Island boardwalk.

Earlier this month, a fire broke out at the shop but was quickly extinguished.

Nathan’s Famous was founded in 1916 by Polish immigrant Nathan Handwerker and his wife, Ida. The original restaurant has been located at the same site since it opened 97 years ago.

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