Nathan’s Hot Dog Contest category

The New York Daily News reports that Guardian Angels founder suffered injuries after defending a Manhattan Foot Locker from looters Tuesday. He competed in several Nathan's finals in the 1990s, finishing 3rd in 1994.
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.

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.
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.
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.
Legendary comedian / director Carl Reiner requested pictures of the original Nathan's Famous location on his twitter feed.
RestaurantBusinessOnline.com has an article about Nathan's Famous plans to expand its menu beyond hot dogs with items like cheesesteak and chicken sandwiches. The project hopes to reverse a declining trend for the chain, which saw the number of its locations drop from 300 to 213 from 2013 to 2019, resulting in a negative 5.5% growth rate. (via patch.com)
Molly Dechene posted a comic strip on Instagram about attending the Nathan's finals alone.
5Dimes is currently accepting bets on the 2020 Original Nathan's finals. Betting against Miki Sudo defending her title at +600 (gambling $1 wins $6) might be a savvy wager if Molly Schuyler is joining MLE as rumored. Joey Chestnut is a -900 favorite (bet $9 to win $1) in the men's contest.
Press of Atlantic City reports that the town has announced plans to demolish the site of Trump Plaza in 2020, which is currently vacant. The venue held five Nathan's qualifiers from 2008 to 2012. The 2011 competition was the final qualifier for Sonya Thomas, after which she would be exempt from qualifying as a female champion.
The New York Times reports that six businesses on the Coney Island boardwalk have been presented with lease extensions with rents increases between 50 and 400 percent. A Nathan's Famous (not the main Surf & Stillwell location) is one of the tenants. It is not clear if they have signed the new lease. A qualifier was held in 2013 at the boardwalk location. (via Sarah Bahr)
TheThings.com has curated a gallery of 19 pictures of Joey Chestnut eating Nathan's hot dogs.
The latest Fink Beats the Stomach episode has an interview with Oliver Brooks, the stage master for the Nathan's finals.
Eater.com has a youtube video titled "How the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Became an ESPN Icon". The video contains a demonstration contest won by Badlands Booker in which George Shea catches Crazy Legs Conti cheating. (Eater.com blog entry)
Adam Amin of ESPN is the guest on the latest episode of the Fink Beats the Stomach podcast.
George Chiger and Julie Goldberg competed in a Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest on Fox & Friends this morning in observance of National Hot Dog Day.
TheAthletic.com has an article (mostly behind a paywall) about Birgit Felden's victory in the 1984 Nathan's finals, the only time a female has had the highest overall total in a July 4 contest. She is now a professor of business in Berlin.
The NY Post has an article titled "The wild, outrageous and downright disgusting secrets of the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest". Tim Janus' claim of having "reversed" almost 10,000 times in his career is mentioned.
A 1991 episode of the cable public access show Beyond Vaudville has an interview with Frank "Large" Dellarosa, the Nathan's champion of 1991 and 1992, (starts at 8:45). He says he broke a the overall contest record from 1959, which he calls the first year of the contest.
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