New Tail O the Pup is closed for this weekend shortly after their grand re-opening ceremony this past Wednesday, July 20, 2022. According to their social media, they are fresh out of pups—“WOAH! You loved our pups so much, you sold us out,” reads a post on their Instagram account. “We’ll be back Monday, see you then! Thank for all the overwhelming love and support.”
It is not yet clear how many “pups” were in stock and sold in less than a week. What is clear is that those planning to drive from afar to taste a pup this weekend, will need to wait just a few days longer.
The historic hot dog stand celebrated their grand re-opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Meister joined co-owner Bobby Green and his business associates at the celebration for the ribbon-cutting.
Tail O the Pup was officially acquired by the 1933 Group in 2018. The new owners spent the past three years searching for a location in West Hollywood—positioned on a corner along a major street and near its original location 75 years ago on La Cienega Blvd. near Beverly Blvd. They chose 8512 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood as its new home. Positioned along a walkable corridor of Route 66, the 2,700 square foot property offers a can’t-miss facade for the walk-up food stand and will include al fresco dining areas complete with a beer garden.
The West Hollywood building itself offers additional historical backstory for the new Pup. Dating back to 1958, it once operated as a music studio where The Doors recorded “L.A. Woman” in 1971.
The original hotdog stand first opened in 1946. Dennis and his Father Eddie Blake owned the hotdog stand since 1976. It originally stood on the northwest corner of Beverly and La Cienega boulevards. The opening of Sofitel Hotel in the 80s moved it down the street to the northwest corner of Beverly and San Vicente boulevards. It would move further north to a Cedars Sinai parking lot on San Vicente, before vanishing in 2005. It’s been in storage since and rumored that it was reopening at various locations dating back as far as 2016.
A roster of Hollywood stars became longstanding fans, often photographed in front of the Pup, including actresses Sigourney Weaver and Betty White as well as band members of Devo and The Go-Go’s. It has made several television cameos—showcased by Jim Henson in a 1987 episode of The Muppet Show, featured in George Benson’s music video for his 1980 Billboard hit “Give me the Night,” and lured culinary legend Anthony Bourdain during a 2002 episode of his travel and food series “A Cook’s Tour.”
Poor planning &.management if they really ran out of the popular basic item they sell: hot dogs which has a high profit margin All that fanfare & free publicity mere days after the opening.
I bought food there on Saturday. .. no line to order, it took almost an hour to receive my to go order! It was a bit of a shit show…no rhyme or reason to orders being distributed!! The food was good..a bit pricey for hot dogs, you get more breading then meat.. 3 hot dogs and fries/onion rings should not cost $45!! Flavor was good. I live in the neighborhood so I will try it again..not on a weekend! I hope they succeed..
Naw, they are just creating more hype. They could most certainly replenish if they wanted to. Surely they aren’t THAT lazy are they???