Coney Island institution Nathan's Famous is back in action. The original Surf Avenue location of the hot dog emporium has been shuttered since Hurricane Sandy caused severe damage to the space. But last night, the company posted a photo of the open restaurant on Facebook with the note "Isn't it a beautiful sight?" Another note on Facebook explains that the restaurant reopened its doors at 7 p.m. last night.
When asked about the storm, director of operations Bruce Miller recently told NY1: "When I drove up I was flabbergasted by the extent of the damage, the whole restaurant was completely flooded out." The layout of the dining room is slightly different now, and the Nathan's team added a new clam bar which serves oysters — a first for the restaurant. The space caught on fire earlier this month, but the blaze did not cause any significant delays. The other Nathan's location directly on the boardwalk reopened at the end of March.
In Eater's latest survey of the restaurants that remain closed because of Sandy, many restaurateurs said they planned to reopen by Memorial Day. Hopefully there will be more reopening announcements by the end of the week.
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