In 1916, Polish immigrant Nathan Handwerker started a nickel hot dog
stand on Coney Island with a $300 loan from two friends and his wife’s
secret spice recipe. Today, Nathan’s is the most famous hot dog in the
world, with restaurants across the globe, products in every supermarket
in America and millions of fans. And yes, the original Coney Island
restaurant is still there at the corner of Surf and Stillwell – home of
our annual Hot Dog Eating Contest.