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The New York Times has an article about Feltman's Hot Dogs which also covers the history of Coney Island frankfurters. The pandemic has reportedly resulted in a surge for hot dog purchases, with sales for Nathan's Famous increasing by over 50%.

Smithfield Foods Sioux Falls meatpacking plant to resume operations

The New York Times reports that Smithfield Foods meatpacking plant in Sioux Falls, SD, which has been labeled as the top coronavirus hotspot in the USA, will resume operations tomorrow. One of the products the facility produces is Nathan’s Famous hot dogs.

In Sioux Falls, S.D., where the virus sickened more than 1,000 people at a Smithfield pork processing plant, the outbreak appears to be slowing, Mayor Paul TenHaken said. More than 4,000 Smithfield employees, their family members and close contacts, were recently tested.

Yet the mayor fears that his city’s progress could be temporary. On Monday, the plant will begin slaughtering hogs again. Hundreds of employees will be back together at work.

“I’ll be honest, it makes me nervous,” Mr. TenHaken said. “We’ve seen how a zero-case facility can become a 1,000-case facility.”

Nathan’s Famous did not expect the closure to have a negative impact on hot dog supply in a SEC document from April.

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The New York Post reports that Adam Amin, who has been a commentator for ESPN on recent Nathan's Famous finals, will be leaving for Fox Sports.
A FactSquared database indicates that Nathan's Famous has repaid the $1.2M loan they received from the federal government intended for small businesses impacted by coronavirus.
Nadia White posted a video of her competing at the 2018 Wing Bowl, where she would set the record for a local woman with a total of 150 wings.
The 2006 Krystal Square Off will be replayed on ESPN at 1:30 pm Eastern on May 2.

Nathan’s Famous SEC document

An April 21 SEC document for Nathan’s Famous announces that the company has received a $1.22M Paycheck Protection Program loan from the federal government and that its hot dogs were produced by a currently closed Smithfield Foods meatpacking plant in Sioux Falls, SD which has been labelled as the top coronavirus hotspot in the USA. Despite the shutdown, Nathan’s does not expect a disruption in national frankfurter supplies even if the facility’s reopening (currently scheduled for the week of April 27) is delayed.

The primary manufacturer of our hot dogs, Smithfield Foods, has recently announced the closure of four of its plants due to COVID-19. The only plant closure that has any relationship to our operations is the Sioux Falls plant which is currently scheduled to reopen during the week of April 27, 2020. In the event that the Smithfield Foods plant reopening is delayed, we do not anticipate that the rapidly evolving COVID-19 outbreak will have a material adverse effect on our supply of hot dogs over the next several months.

update Daily Beast reports that Nathan’s will return the loan.

update April 28 President Trump announced he will invoke the Defense Production Act to force meatpacking facilities to remain open. Nathan’s Famous executive chairman Howard Lorber is a friend of the Trump family and hosted a fundraiser in 2018.

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Smithfield Foods meatpacking plants in Cudahy, WI, Martin City, MO and Monmouth, IL have been closed due to COVID-19 outbreaks after its site in Sioux Falls, SD was declared the top hotspot for the virus in the United States. The Washington Post has an anonymous column by a Smithfield employee about her lawsuit over her employer's lack of safety provisions. (Smithfield is the manufacturer for Nathan's Famous hot dogs. I have not been able to find which facilities produce their frankfurters.)
Forbes has an article about Chinese billionaire Wan Long which calls him the owner of Nathan's Famous due to his holdings of Smithfield Foods. (I think that Smithfield is just the manufacturer for Nathan's which remains American owned). The BBC has a long article about conditions in the Smithfield meatpacking plant in Sioux Falls, SD which became the top coronavirus site in the entire country after 644 cases were detected in connection with the facility. A Nathan's consumer boycott appears to be developing due to its relationship with Smithfield.

BetOnline Quarantine Challenge

Major League Eating announced today the BetOnline Quarantine Challenge today, a 4 round, 8 person tournament that can be viewed on youtube. The purse is $11,500 with $5,000 awarded to the winner. The schedule:

Apr 17 Qualifying Round, Bologna
Apr 19 Quarterfinals, Milk and Cookies
Apr 21 Semifinals, Baked Beans
Apr 22 Finals, Ramen

Joey Chestnut, Matt Stonie, Darron Breeden, Badlands Booker, Miki Sudo, Michelle Lesco, Gideon Oji and Nick Wehry are expected to compete.

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2006 Krystal Qualifier circuit

The 2006 Krystal Square Off will be rerun on ESPN2 at noon Eastern. Here is how the field for that event was selected:

2006 Qualifier Winners

2006 Aug 27 1st 62 8 min Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas Krystal Square Off qualifier Chattanooga, TN
2006 Sep 4 1st 52 8 min Joey “Jaws” Chestnut Krystal Square Off qualifier Jacksonville, FL
2006 Sep 10 1st 52 8 min Bob “The Notorious B.O.B.” Shoudt Krystal Square Off qualifier Nashville, TN
2006 Sep 17 1st 48 8 min Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti Krystal Square Off qualifier Knoxville, TN
2006 Sep 24 1st 53 8 min Chip “The Phenom” Simpson Krystal Square Off qualifier Atlanta, GA
2006 Oct 1 1st 53 8 min Tim “Eater X” Janus Krystal Square Off qualifier Memphis, TN
2006 Oct 8 1st 37 8 min Dale “Mouth of the South” Boone Krystal Square Off qualifier Perry, GA
2006 Oct 15 1st 38 8 min Crazy Legs Conti Krystal Square Off qualifier Jackson, MS

Defending champion bye: Takeru Kobayashi
Wild cards (4): 1) Rich LeFevre 51 2) Seaver Miller 41 3) Justin Mih, 36 4) Arturo Rios, 36

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Nathan's Famous has started offering a 4 pound burger. (Might be available only at Yonkers, NY location).
Youtube has a video of a CNN Headline News interview with former IFOCE employee Ryan Nerz about the 2006 Nathan's finals. He calls Joey Chestnut the top. A Crazy Legs Conti interview and hot dog eating exhibition follows. Unfortunately, Conti's claim in the interview that EMT on site makes competitive eating safe (or at least non-lethal) appears to have been disproven by last year's tragedy in Fresno.
ESPN2 announced it will rerun the 2006 Krystal Square Off finals at noon Eastern Sunday followed at 1pm by the 2006 Johnsonville Brat Eating World Championship held at Sheboygan, WI's Brat Days festival. The programs are part of ESPN8: The Ocho, an entire day devoted to non-traditional fields of competition.
If you are looking for competitive eating content, "Swallow Your Pride", a documentary about Wing Bowl 13 (2005), can be viewed on youtube for free. The focus is Bill "El Wingador" Simmon's quest to retake the title from Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas. Bob Shoudt (then known as Humble Bob), Arnie "Chowhound" Chapman, Dave "Coondog" O'Karma, Hank "The Tank" Goldey and Augie "Yao Wing" Chung are also featured. Conflict between IFOCE (MLE) and AICE is a secondary theme of the film. At 30:45, AICE co-founders Chapman and O'Karma discuss their grievances.
Atlantic City government officials are seeking a court order to force the demolition of Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino, site of Nathan's qualifiers from 2009 to 2012.
Bill "El Wingador" Simmons posted a tribute to the winner of Wing Bowl 2 and 3, Kevin "Heavy Keavy" O'Donnell, who recently passed away following a struggle with cancer. He is one of five multiple Wing Bowl Winners: Simmons (5), Joey Chestnut (3), Molly Schuyler (3), Jonathan Squibb (3), O'Donnell (2). update Crossing Broad and the Gloucester City News have obituaries.
Legendary comedian / director Carl Reiner requested pictures of the original Nathan's Famous location on his twitter feed.
Round Table Pizza announced that Kevin Ross, Jon Rivera, Jon Davis, Raina Huang and edwardc3523 (probably Edward Chin) are the Reign of Fire finalists and will compete for a $5000 prize on March 28. It appears that Raina Huang received the wild card spot.
Paul's Pantry in Mission Viejo, CA will hold a cinnamon roll eating contest July 4 awarding $1500/$600/$300/$100/$50.
Brett "Branimal" Healey started a Memphis version of the Krispy Kreme Challenge, a race in which participants run 2.5 miles, eat 12 donuts and return 2.5 miles.
The Hale Street Tavern in Beverly, MA will hold a hot wing eating contest March 5 awarding $300 to the winner. Entrants need to qualify.
Oysterfest in Fulton, TX will hold an oyster eating contest for men on March 7 and a competition for women March 8. Both events will award $200/$100/$50.
Zoi's Pizza eating contest will take place June 6 in Seymour, CT. The professional division will award $2000/$1000/$500 (entrants must raise $200 for charity). There will also be divisions for pairs of male and female amateurs awarding $750/$350/$200.

Molly Schuyler sets Laredo Jalapeno Festival record

Professional results from tonight’s La Costena Jalapeno eating contest in Laredo, TX. update Official results

1) Molly Schulyler 310 peppers in 15 minutes (contest record), $3000
2) Andrew Puhl, 202 peppers
3) Brandon “Da Garbage Disposal” Clark 170

from facebook video (results start at 42:30)

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