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Nathan’s Famous Wall of Fame removed

Magical Theme Parks uploaded a video recorded today of the removal of the hot dog eating contest Wall of Fame at Nathan’s Famous Coney Island location. update Nov 23 The left side of the wall has been removed.

Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest Wall of Fame sign removal

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A press release announces that Nathan's Famous is crossing over to offer chicken wings and Harlem-style chicken and waffles under a new brand, Wings of New York.
Flasback May 1997: Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Theresa LePore serves as a judge for a Nathan's qualifier held in Boca Raton, FL. She would receive national publicity three years later due to the "butterfly ballot" controversy following the 2000 Florida presidential election.
A press release announces an alliance between Nathan's Famous and Damhus, "a German manufacturer of quality meat-products since 1936", to manufacture and distribute hot dogs throughout Europe. It is interesting that a Jewish-founded company would partner with a firm started in Nazi Germany. The document makes no mention of a possible European qualifier for Nathan's hot dog eating contest.
The segment from NBC's First Look about Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest that was televised on Sunday morning's episode can be viewed on youtube (segment starts around 16:10). Miki Sudo, Badlands Booker, Nick Wehry and Rich Shea make appearances.
Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest will be featured on the next episode of NBC's First Look, which will be televised at 1 am Sunday morning after Saturday Night Live. Nick Wehry, Miki Sudo and Badlands Booker will appear.
A press release announces that Nathan's Famous will hold a qualifier in Dubai, UAE. The competition will use halal hot dogs and award the top male and female spots in the finals on July 4, 2021. This will be the first Nathan's qualifier outside the USA since a 2013 event in Calgary, the first outside North American since 2011 in Beijing.
The Jerusalem Post reports that Nathan's Famous will start producing halal hot dogs in partnership with a United Arab Emirates subsidiary of Mezzan Holding KSC for sale in the Persian Gulf region. has an article titled "The untold truth of competitive eater Miki Sudo". The opening section discusses her absence from the 2013 Nathan's Famous hot dog eating finals.
The New York Times has an article about a paper published in Biology Letters by James Smoliga, a physiologist at High Point University. titled "Modelling the maximal active consumption rate and its plasticity in humans—perspectives from hot dog eating competitions" which claims that the maximum possible total for a human competing in a 10 minute hot dog eating contest is 83 hot dogs. (Science Mag article) has a flashback to former NFL defensive lineman Willian "The Refrigerator Perry" competing in the 2003 Nathan's finals.
Spectrum Local News has an article about Melody Andorfer, winner of the 1972 Nathan's Famous Labor Day contest with a total of 12 hot dogs in 5 minutes. Major League Eating says they will acknowledge her at the 2021 finals.

Nathan’s personal bests

The following is a list of all the Nathan’s Famous personal bests for competitors with a known result in the database.

2018 Jul 4 74 Joey “Jaws” Chestnut Brooklyn, NY
2009 Jul 4 64.5 Takeru Kobayashi Brooklyn, NY
2018 Jul 4 64 Carmen Cincotti Brooklyn, NY
2015 Jul 4 62 Matt “Megatoad” Stonie Brooklyn, NY
2009 Jul 4 55 Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti Brooklyn, NY
2009 Jul 4 53 Tim “Eater X” Janus Brooklyn, NY
2017 Jun 18 51 Geoffrey Esper Boston, MA
2019 Jul 4 50 Darron Breeden Brooklyn, NY
2012 Jul 4 45 Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas Brooklyn, NY
2012 Jul 4 45 Bob “The Notorious B.O.B.” Shoudt Brooklyn, NY

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Highest Nathan’s Famous averages

This is the same list of Nathan’s Famous hot dog results posted yesterday sorted by contest average.

# Total Avg. Max.
18 Joey “Jaws” Chestnut 1068.00 59.33 74
9 Takeru Kobayashi 487.75 54.19 64.5
7 Carmen Cincotti 324.00 46.29 64
15 Matt “Megatoad” Stonie 683.00 45.53 62
7 Darron Breeden 291.00 41.57 50
22 Tim “Eater X” Janus 900.75 40.94 53
11 Geoffrey Esper 437.75 39.80 51
4 Max Suzuki 156.50 39.12 42.5
16 Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti 617.75 38.61 55
8 Miki Sudo 299.50 37.44 41

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Cumulative Nathan’s hot dog totals

The following is a list of the cumulative totals from both qualifiers and finals (excluding exhibitions) for all Nathan’s Famous hot dog competitors along with the maximum and average totals. The left column is the number of contests for the competitor with a known result. These statistics will not be 100% accurate as full contests results are not always posted.

# Total Avg. Max.
18 Joey “Jaws” Chestnut 1068.00 59.33 74
39 Eric “Badlands” Booker 1037.75 26.61 40
22 Tim “Eater X” Janus 900.75 40.94 53
43 Crazy Legs Conti 862.33 20.05 25.25
25 Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas 847.00 33.88 45
30 Erik “The Red” Denmark 832.25 27.74 38
28 Rich “The Locust” LeFevre 777.75 27.78 34
27 “The Lovely” Juliet Lee 756.25 28.01 36
23 Bob “The Notorious B.O.B.” Shoudt 731.50 31.80 45
50 William “Wild Bill” Myers 697.25 13.94 17

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The episode of ESPN's Cheap Seats in which the Sklar brothers commentate on the telecast of the 2004 Nathan's Famous finals can be viewed on youtube. has an article containing an audio interview with Melody Andorfer, winner of the 1972 Labor Day Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest. She is officially requesting a champions belt from Major League Eating.
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.


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.
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