LA Legend Tail O’ the Pup Serves Hot Dogs Again

For a certain type of Angeleno, perhaps one with a deep personal history with the city (or just someone with a reverence for LA’s unique brand of nostalgia), there are few things like the Tail O Stand. ‘the Pup. A 1946 legend left over from a generation ago, the stand is part of a laid-back street food culture that is still pervasive in Los Angeles, even as the city continues to burst with big new openings and big-name chefs. The stand has long represented, in its funky architecture, the sunny disposition of many Angelenos, and of course the hot dogs have always been delicious.

Now, after nearly a decade of failures and subtle moves, the 1933 band – already famed for their love of rehabilitation rather than redevelopment of the restaurant space – are putting the Tail O’ the Pup back in its rightful place. along Santa Monica Boulevard in the heart of West Hollywood. The hot dog-shaped stand with its red and white streamers and mustard yellow design accents comes to life on July 20.

And it’s not just the Pup Stand that’s been reborn. The 1933 band has completely revamped the restaurant’s reserve menu, going from hot dogs to corn dogs, a variety of fries (yes, there will be chili and cheese), burgers, fountain drinks, milk -shakes and soft service. The dogs are still there, including several nods to the various decades in which Tail O’ the Pup served – the 1946 option comes in the form of a split dog with grilled onions and mustard , while the 1970 iteration is a full dog with ketchup and mustard, no onions. There’s a hot dog with bacon on it, there’s jalapeno and sauerkraut finishes, plus dogs and veggie burgers and gluten-free buns and even beer and wine. It’s all there, somehow the same and different after all these years.

An original hot dog from 1946

The space, too, has been redefined by Groupe 1933. The facade of the original stand has been painstakingly reproduced in its entirety to pay homage to its place in the history of programmatic architecture (or novelty architecture). , in which buildings are designed to mimic the things they sell. Los Angeles is full of old nods to these whimsical designs, from tamale shops to camera shops to the historic Chili Bowl where sushi restaurant Shunji lived for years. Fans can still place an order before grabbing a booth, stool or seat in the building behind, which is also decked out in classic whites, reds and yellows. Food arrives on red trays or in custom-made paper wrappers, leaving fans to score a spot downstairs or in an adjoining dining room on the second floor.

Not one to leave a bit of history out of the story, the band 1933 also acknowledges the history of the address itself at 8512 Santa Monica Boulevard via a plaque, noting that the Doors recorded music here, including Wife. Again, for a certain type of Angeleno faced with history, it’s the overlapping details and hidden surprises that make this town so special. The 1933 band are familiar with this genre, having built a legacy on dining at hospitality spaces like Highland Park Bowl, Formosa Cafe and Idle Hour in North Hollywood.

Tail O’ the Pup opens wide to vintage architecture fans, hot dog lovers, and everyone else on July 20 (National Hot Dog Day, naturally), keeping the hours from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. h (or later) in the future. Expect limited evening service hours at the address, around the corner from his former home on La Cienega decades ago, between then and now.

A close up overhead shot of chili cheese hot dogs, fries, burgers and more.

8512 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069

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