Wednesday, November 10, 2010

YWCA opens Landmark Nathan's Famous Franchise



Laura Harwin

YWCA Greater Pittsburgh


YWCA opens Pittsburgh’s first Nathan’s Famous franchise

Grand Opening set for November 15, 2010

PITTSBURGH, PA (November 8, 2010): The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh is proud to announce the Grand Opening of Pittsburgh’s first Nathan’s Famous franchise at its 305 Wood Street location downtown on November 15, 2010. The collaboration between the YWCA and Nathan’s Famous is a unique partnership. Operating the Nathan’s Famous restaurant through a subsidiary for-profit corporation, the YWCA Restaurant Franchise Inc., income will be generated for YWCA social service programs. For Nathan’s Famous, the franchise agreement marks the first time the company has worked with a non-profit corporation.

Nathan's Famous offers a menu of quality and variety anchored by its world famous beef hot dogs and crinkle cut French Fries. In addition to breakfast options, the YWCA franchise will offer a variety of Nathan’s menu items such as Hamburgers, Cheesesteaks, Nathan’s Chicken Classics, and Arthur Treacher’s Fish & Chips. Hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This new downtown business offers convenient new meal options for downtown employees and students at schools such as Point Park University, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and C.A.P.A. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served.

“We are pleased to offer downtown Pittsburgh new, affordable meal options while at the same time raising funds to support our programs and services that help women and families in our community,” said Magdeline E. Jensen, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh. The structure of the new company as a for-profit corporation also benefits the City of Pittsburgh by paying taxes on profits as well as real estate tax on the space it occupies.

Founded 141 years ago in 1869, the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The YWCA champions social progress through housing programs, child care and child care training, asset development; workforce and microenterprise development; teen services; women’s counseling; and breast health education.

Nathan’s Famous, an international company with a long history, was founded by a Polish immigrant, Nathan Handwerker, in 1916. He started his business with a small hot dog stand in Coney Island, New York. He sold hot dogs that were manufactured based on a recipe developed by his wife, Ida. In the over 90 years that have passed since opening day, Nathan’s has gained worldwide recognition for the unequaled quality and taste of its product. Today, Nathan’s has a reputation for being among the highest quality hot dogs in the world. Nathan’s is sold and enjoyed in all 50 States in 257 restaurants and its products are sold at over 20,000 food service and retail outlets. Now Pittsburghers can enjoy Nathan’s food and know that their purchase will assist women and families in need.

Festivities for the Grand Opening begin at 10:30 a.m. on November 15 with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Special guests will include Wayne Norbitz, Nathan’s Famous President and Chief Operating Officer and Pittsburgh City Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle. The public is invited to join the celebration. The restaurant will open at high Noon. Everyone can enjoy a hot dog at the original 1916 price of five cents (limit two per person) until 2 p.m. For more information about the Pittsburgh Nathan’s Famous call 412-246-0876 and for information about YWCA programs and services, visit or call 412-391-5100.

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