West Hollywood, California: Tail o' the Pup

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8512 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA
On the south side of Route 66/Santa Monica Blvd, just west of its intersection with La Cienega Blvd.
Su-Th 11-9, F-Sa 11-10 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Tail o' the Pup.

Tail o' the Pup

Hot dog-shaped hot dog stand opened in 1946, restored and re-opened in 2022. Hot dogs are served in dog-shaped paper sleeves. Outdoor seating area is part of an adjacent building where The Doors recorded "L.A. Woman."

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Tail o' the Pup as it operated in 1985.

Tail O' The Pup - Returns!

We heard the Tail-O'-The-Pup is back, serving its signature wieners at a new West Hollywood location. Here's our slide from a 1985 visit (an era when gas was cheaper than film; we might drive hours to shoot a single frame).

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 07/15/2022]
Tail O' the Pup

It's now gone. There is just a roped off parking lot and the boarded-up back of the restaurant. The hot-dog facade is hopefully in storage. The last thing I heard is that there's a chance the stand will resurface in Westwood, about 5 miles away (a big move from San Vicente, to where it was moved in the 80's when it's site at LaCienega and Beverly was usurped by the entirely forgettable Hotel Sofitel..).

I hope to see it come back. I had the best celeb sighting ever in all my years living in LA here: Ella Fitzgerald, in a Chanel suit, delicately munching a hot dog while her Mercedes laundaulet purred at the curb, awaiting its mistress....

[T, 03/15/2006]

December 2006 - Tail O' the Pup was forced to close at its San Vicente Blvd location in West Hollywood in early 2006. The owner of the property refused to renew the stand's lease and plans to develop the site as condominiums and a retirement community for gays and lesbians. Tail O' the Pup has survived relocation before, and there is hope that it may reopen in Westwood Village, on a parking lot at the corner of Broxton and Weyburn Aves.

Tail O' The Pup

As of November 2005, the famous Tail O' The Pup hot dog stand in Los Angeles is in danger of being demolished, as they've lost their lease and the owners say they have no money to move the building...Same old story. Let's see if this is another L.A. landmark the city lets slip through its fingers...

[Paul, 11/21/2005]

Interesting that Tail O' the Pup is threatened at the same moment as the hot dog-shaped diner in Conifer, Colorado, where the land has been sold out from under it. Land baron conspiracy against food-shaped buildings?

Tail o the Pup.

Tail-0-the Pup hot dog stand

A giant hot dog...maybe some of the gods don't like to eat salad! Tail-0-the Pup hot dog stand, located in Los Angeles. I took this picture about 2 years ago. I was told that this is not its original location, it's always been in LA, however it was moved for some reason I can't quite remember?) Good hot dogs!

[Eric Falk, 03/23/2000]

June 2005 - Tipsters J. Ozwald & Ashley Graves noticed "the Tail o' the Pup (in it's original location) featured in the 1959 movie classic Daddy-O. Daddy-O is about a high-panted, cool-singing, truck-driving hipster cat who tangles with a blonde bombshell and tries to solve his friend's murder."

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