Original Nathan’s Famous Will Not Reopen Until Spring

A sad day in Coney.
A sad day in Coney. Photo: Helen Rosner

“Nathan’s is Coney Island,” a former bartender named Harry Delgado told the Times, in a story on the decimated restaurants along lower Brooklyn’s shores. A spokesperson tells the Brooklyn Paper that the Coney Island original, which has never closed for more than a few days at a clip during its 96-year run on or near the boardwalk, will not be able to open until next spring. The company will not disclose the extent of its Sandy-related losses, but like the other food businesses in the neighborhood, the damage is thought to be severe. [NYT, Brooklyn Paper]