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For English cop, Bonanza’s is a first stop

Bonanza's Stand in Oyster Bay has been around

Bonanza's Stand in Oyster Bay has been around since about 1900. It sells hot dogs and Italian Ices. Credit: T.C. McCarthy

When it’s around for more than a century, a business is surely going to get die-hard regulars.

For Bonanza’s Stand, a purveyor of hot dogs and Italian ices since about 1900, that includes an international clientele.

Stopping by the stand Thursday was Roland Sims and his wife Maureen Laffy-Sims.

Roland Sims, a cop in England, says he stops by Bonanza’s on Audrey Street during every visit to the States -- which is about every five weeks or so. Maureen has lived in Oyster Bay since 1994.

“I wouldn’t touch a hot dog in England,” Roland Sims said.

Sims said he doesn’t trust a lot of the American-style food in England, but that both he and his bulldog love Bonanza’s. “I have some great photos of me and my British bulldog wrestling for a hot dog in the car.”

Kim Barber, who has worked at the stand for three years, said even in the winter business is good.

“In the summer, there are lines around the block,” she said.

Bonanza’s typically stays open until 4 p.m. in the winter.

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