Hot Dog Inventor Feltman's Seeks a Crowdfunded Return to the Coney Island Boardwalk

Feltman's, Coney Island N.Y.
Feltman's, Coney Island N.Y.
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Feltman's of Coney Island
Feltman's of Coney Island
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Charles Feltman is widely regarded as the inventor of the Hot Dog. As a German immigrant who opened a food stand on the Coney Island Boardwalk in 1867, he sought an easier way to eat frankfurters on the beach, or while walking. He popped the sausage into a custom made elongated bun and made a fortune.

Built on the success of the hot dog, Feltman's of Coney Island was the biggest restaurant on Coney Island for decades, until a former employee opened Nathan's down the block and charged half the price, eventually leading to Feltman's going out of business.

Nowadays, Nathan's is synonymous with Hot Dog, but 2 Coney Island locals are seeking to change that with a crowdfunded campaign to bring the Feltman's name back to the boardwalk.

Our goal is to brand Feltman's of Coney Island Hot Dogs and eventually bring the legendary Feltman's Restaurant back home to Coney Island. We can't do it without YOUR help! We need funds for labeling, manufacturing and shipping the product as well as advertising. We want to bring Feltman's of Coney Island city wide for the summer of 2016!

The GoFundMe campaign is seeking $50,000 in donations for the reopening of the restaurant.

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