Don Miami...did you notice if they still had Chow Mein on a bun at Nathan's? Last time I was there, I didn't see it. Thought I might have missed it, but wondering if it is gone from menu.
No roast beef on a bun, no chow mein and I think they also used to have pork on a bun. All long gone as is the deli sandwich counter and the pizza. They even served steaks for a short time. For a long time, the Nathan's in Coney Island was NOT one of the franchised Nathan's - it was still under control of the Handwerker family, but I don't think that's the case any longer. I believe (and if someone knows better, please correct me), it's controlled by Riese Restaurants, the same people who own many of the Friday's, Tad Steaks, KFCs, Haagen Dazs shops, Nedick's, Pizza Hut, Carvel and other crappy restaurants in New York.
IMO, Nathan's is a shadow of its former self. For reasons I can't fathom, a few years back they replaced all of the hot dog grills - grills which had been seasoned for over 50 years. The menu is a fraction of what it once was. The dogs are "skinnier" (although they still seem to have the same flavor) and the french fries are not as good as they once were, although still very tasty. I believe the fries used to be fresh and I believe today they are frozen. They used to be fried in Mazola corn oil and there was always a rumor that they added sugar to the oil. Today it's probably standard restaurant soy oil. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, the workers were unionized and there in career positions. These were the guys who could turn 50 hot dogs at a time and place 10 hot dogs in a bun and on a plate in about 8 seconds.
Today, it's a bunch of minimum wage workers who seem to have trouble moving.
There is already a second, smaller Nathan's on the Boardwalk. If the developers have their way and turn Coney into condos, I do believe the original Nathan's will be gone, but frank
ly (sic), I'm not sure it will really be much of a loss, except for the memories.