Yonkers Nathan's Will Downsize, Close For A Year

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Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs on Central Park Avenue in Yonkers will close Nov. 25 while it tears down and rebuilds the restaurant.

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.

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renee.rothbardmackey:

I just saw this - I know for a fact that this Nathan's was built there way before 1965 - My 85 year old father remembers that Nathan's being there before 1955. The building was renovated in 1965, but the original structure remained until it was torn down in November 2012. It was the first building I was ever in other than the hospital I was born in and the apartment my parents' lived in, and that was in 1958. I have photos of myself as a toddler there as well. Before the 1965 renovation there was a section with outdoor tables with umbrellas that were done away with.

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