NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Instead of a ribbon-cutting, there was a ceremonial cutting of the hot dog links at Nathan’s Famous hot dogs on Coney Island Thursday, as the establishment celebrated its return to operation after superstom Sandy, and it was just in time for the Memorial Day weekend.
“And so I say, let the summer begin,” said CEO Wayne Norbitz.
It took about seven months and millions of dollars in renovations to get it back in shape.
“It was just devastation to us and I opened the doors and I looked inside and there was this huge ice machine floating in the kitchen,” Norbitz told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond.
The kitchen is now brand new, but has the subway tiles and wainscoting of the original stand from 103 years ago.