THE BEEF HEATS UP BE­TWEEN NATHAN’S AND FELTMAN’S

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An age-old wiener rivalry heated up last week­end when six-time Nathan’s Fa­mous hot dog eat­ing champ Takeru Kobayashi popped into McSor­ley’s Old Ale House, downed a dozen Feltman’s of Coney Is­land hot dogs, and talked turkey with Feltman’s owner Michael Quinn.

“We’d love to work with him in the fu­ture,” said Quinn, who scored a big win last year when he got the 150-year-old tav­ern to carry his hot dog brand. That marked the first item McSor­ley’s had added to its menu in half a cen­tury. “He’s a very unique tal­ent.”

Kobayashi (photo left, with Quinn at far left) won Nathan’s Fa­mous’ In­de­pen­dence Day hot dog eat­ing con­test in six con­sec­u­tive years be­fore re­lin­quish­ing the crown to Joey (Jaws) Ch­est­nut in 2007. He was banned from the com­pe­ti­tion in 2009 for re­fus­ing to sign a con­tract with Ma­jor League Eat­ing, which is tied to the ESPN-tele­vised event. In 2011, Nathan’s Fa­mous re­moved Kobayashi’s im­age from its “Wall of Fame.”

Nathan’s Fa­mous also has a con­tentious re­la­tion­ship with Feltman’s of Coney Is­land, though that feud dates back more than a cen­tury. Feltman’s claims to have in­vented the hot dog as we know it on Coney Is­land in 1867, where founder Charles Feltman op­er­ated a street cart. Nathan Handw­erker worked for Feltman until 1916 when he left to open Nathan’s Fa­mous, which now spon­sors the July 4 eat­ing con­test on the Coney Is­land Board­walk. Brian Niemietz

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