In 1916, Polish immigrant Nathan Handwerker started a modest hot dog stand in Coney Island, New York. Touting an unrivaled homemade recipe developed by his wife Ida, Nathan's soon garnered popularity and became a favorite of celebrities such as Carey Grant and Al Capone. Nathan's notoriety went international when President Roosevelt brought them abroad to share with the King and Queen on a visit to England. From politicians to sports stars to actresses, everyone had fallen in love with Nathan's.
The Nathan's Famous restaurant has been an institution since its inception and made it's mark as a staple in American history. It's no wonder that the first ever hot dog eating competition took place on the 4th of July in 1972! After hurricane Sandy struck in 2012, much of Coney Island was damaged and the restaurant closed it's doors for the first time in history. Design Development stepped in to collaborate with Nathan's and was able to bring the establishment back to its former glory.
2016 commemorates the 100th anniversary for the beloved restaurant. We are excited that we were able to partake in preserving the history of a national icon and wish Nathan's success for many years to come!