On Monday, Bloomberg reported that Howard Lorber is holding a fundraising event for Trump in the Hamptons on Friday. Lorber, who is a real estate mogul in addition to being Nathan’s Hot Dogs executive chairman, has been friends with Trump for decades. In 2016, Trump named Lorber as one of his two best friends when asked by The New York Times.

News of the fundraiser sparked backlash against Nathan’s on social media.

Scott Nevins


Speaking of dogs…the owner of @originalnathans hot dog company is a big Trump supporter, friend and adviser. He is throwing him a private fundraiser in the Hamptons on Friday. No more Nathan’s hot dogs!

Questlove, a musician who has spoken out against Trump in the past, tweeted on Wednesday: “welp. Goodbye Nathan’s.”

Matt D’Amico@RealMattDAmico

The head of Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs is holding a fundraiser for Trump in the Hampton’s this Friday. I’ll be boycotting Nathan’s.

Mimi Sheraton@mimisheraton

Best to get hot dogs at Katz’s or by Hebrew National or any other than Nathan’s that are hard to swallow with company exec chairman Lorber hosting fund-raiser for Trump,

Nathan’s Hot Dogs did not respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.

Nathan’s was founded as a hot-dog stand on Coney Island in 1916 by Nathan Handwerker. In 1987, the Handwerker family sold the business to a group of private investors, which included Lorber.