The Handwerker Family is famous for Nathan’s Famous, the hot dog stand in Coney Island that began in 1916 by Nathan and Ida Handwerker, that is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year. A jewish immigrant, Nathan arrived in New York in 1912 and found work in Coney island, then a resort that attracted thousands each summer to its rides and beach.
Nathan and Ida spent their life savings of $300 to begin the business. Nathan’s expanded, franchised, and was sold in 1987 to private investors. The original Coney Island hot dog stand still exists and is open for business 365 days a year. There is a Nathan’’s hot Dog Eating Contest each year. Nathan’s Famous is an iconic New York restaurant. Lloyd Handwerker is grandson of Nathan and Ida Handwerker, and will be receiving the Family Award on its behalf.