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NATHANíS FAMOUS KICKS OFF 2013 CIRCUIT ON BOARDWALK TO CELEBRATE OPENING OF CONEY ISLAND!
3/7/2013

NATHANíS FAMOUS KICKS OFF 2013 HOT DOG-EATING CIRCUIT ON BOARDWALK TO CELEBRATE OPENING OF CONEY ISLAND

Coney Island In Full Swing Despite Hurricane Sandy

For the first time ever, Nathanís Famous will begin the national hot dog-eating qualifying circuit for the Nathanís Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest on the boardwalk of Coney Island, kicking off a nationwide tour before concluding back in Coney Island with the annual July 4 world championship.

Nathanís Famous will launch the 2013 tour with a qualifying event on Saturday, March 23, at 1 p.m., at its boardwalk restaurant as part of opening-weekend celebrations for Coney Island. Coney Island will be open and ready to go in 2013 despite the enormous damage it suffered from Hurricane Sandy last year.

ďThere is no better way to show our commitment to Coney Island and all its businesses, residents and fans than to kick off the summer season with a great event on the boardwalk,Ē said Wayne Norbitz, President and COO of Nathanís Famous, Inc. ďOur thoughts are with all those who continue to suffer from superstorm Sandy. Coney Island will be open for business and we are looking forward to a great summer season at Americaís original amusement districtógrab lunch at Nathanís and enjoy the beach, the NY Aquarium, a Cyclones baseball game and a ride on the Wonder Wheel and the World Famous Cyclone.Ē

The male and female winner of the March 23 Nathanís Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, Coney Island Qualifier will receive a spot in the historic Nathanís Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest, an event that attracts some 40,000 fans and is broadcast on ESPN.

Host cities of the 2013 Nathanís Famous Hot Dog Eating Circuit include Las Vegas, NV; Boston, MA; Naples, FL; St. Paul, MN; Queens, NY, Miami, FL; Atlanta, GA; Pittsburgh, PA; Savannah, GA; Calgary, Alberta; and State Fair Meadowlands in East Rutherford, NJ.

Joey Chestnut of San Jose, CA, holds the world record for eating 68 Nathanís Famous Hot Dogs and Buns in 10 minutes, and he will seek his seventh straight title this year. Sonya Thomas of Alexandria, VA, is expected to defend her title as female champion of the world. She consumed 45 Hot Dogs and Buns in 10 minutes last year.

According to archives, the Nathanís Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest has occurred each July 4th in Coney Island, NY since 1916, the year Nathan Handwerker opened his legendary hot dog stand. Major League Eating, the governing body of all stomach-centric sport, sanctions the Nathanís Famous Hot Dog Eating Circuit and ensures the contests are judged professionally and that safety standards are in place at each event.

Registration occurs at www.majorleagueeating.com, and all competitors must be 18 years or older.

About Nathanís Famous
Nathanís products are currently distributed in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Cayman Islands and six foreign countries through its restaurant system, foodservice sales programs and product licensing activities. The Nathanís restaurant system currently consists of 308 units, comprised of 303 franchised units and five company-owned units (including two units temporarily closed due to Hurricane Sandy and one restaurant closed for redevelopment). For additional information about Nathanís please visit www.nathansfamous.com.