For Quinn, bringing Feltman’s back means restoring a part of Brooklyn’s past. “It’s a part of [the borough’s] history that’s lost,” Quinn says. “You know, we’re losing so much of our history with high-rises being built and landmarks [being torn down]. Something like this is very important to me.”
The new Feltman’s -- located at the shop’s original location at 1000 Surf Avenue -- will operate under a licensing agreement with Luna Park, Coney Island’s current amusement park, which replaced Astroland in 2010. “We wanted to make it part of the park instead of a separate entity, because that’s really what Feltman’s was,” Quinn says. On top of new offerings like fries, chicken fingers, and pizza, it’ll serve the original Feltman’s dog with onions, sauerkraut, and a spicy German mustard that Quinn often mixes up himself, as well as his own creation, the Al Capone, a hot dog topped with Michael’s of Brooklyn vodka sauce and freshly grated parmesan.
While the new space looks a little more modern than the original, old postcards and photos on every wall serve as a reminder of the restaurant’s deep-rooted history. As for Nathan’s (which still operates from its original home a few blocks away), Quinn isn’t worried. “Wahlburgers [on nearby Stillwell Ave] also has an incredible hot dog that may rival ours,” he says, but “this is the holy land of the hot dog -- this is where the hot dog was invented.”