The historic Tail O’ the Pup first made its appearance in 1946 and has been considered a cultural part of Los Angeles ever since. So much in fact that it made its way into the hearts of locals and even iconic celebrities, and has been featured in a few music videos and shows. Honorable mentions are the likes of Betty White, ‘80s icons Devo, and The Go-Go’s. Another notable cameo for the hotdog stand includes a 2002 episode of the late Anthony Bourdain’s show “A Cook’s Tour.”
The stand closed in December of 2005, was eventually placed in storage, and bounced around until it found itself under the ownership of the 1933 Group in 2018. The hospitality group is famously known for restoring iconic L.A. spots, such as they did with the classic Formosa Cafe. Now, it has officially reopened for all to enjoy.
“The return of Tail o’ the Pup is a direct reflection of 1933 Group’s dedication to preserving, protecting, and reviving Los Angeles history,” said the group. “Tail o’ the Pup’s giant hotdog-shaped building has been attracting visitors to Hollywood since 1946, but this revival isn’t just about nostalgia. We aim to not only celebrate Tail o’ the Pup’s past but also pave the way for new endeavors and memories which can be celebrated for years to come.”
The hotdog stand that was once found on La Cienega Boulevard, is now in West Hollywood at 8152 Santa Monica Boulevard. The group has restored the stand to its original appearance, but with an added twist. The revival now includes an outdoor dining area and beer garden.
Tail o’ the Pup officially opened its doors on July 20—right on time for National Hotdog Day.