2. 300 Dollars Is All it Took to Start Nathan’s Famous

Nathans_Famous-Interior-Coney_Island-Surf_Ave-Brooklyn-NYCNew registers line the inside counter of Nathan’s Famous, a benefit from an investment made long ago

Though you may not believe it, famous singers Jimmy Durante and Eddy Cantor were the funding source for Nathan’s Famous’ first location, a moving hot dog cart. Handwerker used to work with Cantor and Durante at Feltman’s. As legend has it, they urged him to start his own business, offering a $300 loan as a capital investment.