YONKERS, N.Y. – An iconic Yonkers eatery will be getting a makeover, shedding the idea that bigger is better.
Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs will close Nov. 25 when it begins tearing down its building at 2290 Central Ave. In its place, a smaller Nathan’s, roughly a third the size, will be built.
Nathan's President Wayne Norbitz said Thursday he expects the restaurant to be closed for about a year during the transition.
“The menu will be the same [when it reopens], but the restaurant will be much smaller,” he said. “Right now, that is a gigantic facility.”
The much-anticipated downsizing has been talked about for years, but Norbitz said it was spurred along by rebuilding of the plaza Nathan’s is a part of.
The owner, New Rochelle-based Amusement Consultants, is revamping the plaza and adding a new cluster of stores, including a CVS.
As for Nathan’s, the new restaurant will feature a drive-thru window and take up about 3,500 square feet. That's a fraction of the estimated 10,000-square-foot current restaurant, built in 1965.
“The new one will be the size of a very large McDonald's,” Norbitz said.
In the meantime, hot dog lovers looking to get their Nathan’s fix will have to drive to White Plains for the closest stand.