Nathan's Famous was one of many Coney Island institutions nearly destroyed by Hurricane Sandy's floodwaters a month ago today. The company won't say exactly how bad the damage was, though it's clear that the interior was likely destroyed, along with its stock of hot dogs and most of its equipment.
Now, Brooklyn Paper reports that the iconic hot dog stand will remain closed until the spring, when company officials hope to reopen for the summer busy season. A spokesman says that Nathan's sustained "significant damage" comparable to that of other Surf Avenue businesses, which the paper reminds everyone is that disgusting combination of seawater from the storm surge and liquids from below-ground sewers that destroyed the interiors of many restaurants and businesses.
The company also confirms that the annual Fourth of July hot dog eating contest will in fact return next summer, so there is a little good in the world.
· Nathan's Famous to Reopen in Spring 2013 After Hurricane Sandy [BP]
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