Tail O’ The Pup WeHo is now opening in its new West Hollywood home at 8512 Santa Monica Boulevard. Last Friday, the beloved hot dog stand was open for a limited time from 4pm to 10pm. The grand opening is scheduled for Wednesday, July 20, with the new opening extended from 11 am to 10 pm.
Employees say their grand opening will have special surprises they can’t describe right now.
Community members are happy to see the hot dog-shaped stand back in West Hollywood, workers said.
However, some fans of this WeHo classic expressed disappointment that the menu didn’t quite stick to the original.
For example, Tail O’ The Pup version-point-2022 has vegan corn dog and vegan burger options — something that didn’t exist in the 1940s.
The original hot dog stand first opened in 1946. Dennis and his father, Eddie Black, have owned the hot dog stand since 1976. It was originally located on the northwest corner of Beverly Avenue and La Cienega Avenue. The opening of the Sofitel in the 1980s moved it down the street to the northwest corner of Beverly Avenue and San Vicente Avenue. It will move further north to the Cedars Sinai car park in San Vicente before disappearing in 2005. It’s been in storage since, and it’s rumored to reopen at various locations as early as 2016.
The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) said the hot dog stand at 8512 Santa Monica Boulevard applied for the transfer of its liquor license. TOTP WEHO LLC applied on October 1, 2021.
According to the ABC, hot dog stands are open with the following restrictions:
- Alcoholic beverages shall not be consumed on any property near the licensed premises under the licensee’s control, as indicated in dated ABC-257 and dated ABC-253.
- Entertainment shall not be provided beyond the area under Licensee’s control (as defined by dated ABC-257 and dated ABC-253).
- Quarterly sales of alcohol may not exceed quarterly sales of food for the same period. Licensees should always maintain records reflecting total sales of food and total sales of alcoholic beverages, respectively. The above records shall be kept no less than quarterly. Should be provided to the department upon request.
The Tail O’ Pup hot dog stand has opened in a place that’s no stranger to history. There is a plaque at the entrance to the property that says The Doors recorded LA Woman in 1971.
The 5,000-square-foot property is listed for sale in 2020, according to Loop.net. The most recent incarnation is an Italian restaurant called Blackship. The owner announced the closure in August 2020. “Blackship has permanently closed due to Covid-19,” reads the latest business update on Yelp. This two-story commercial property was built in 1958.
According to tailothepup.com, the 1933 Group purchased the Tail o’ the Pup facade sometime in 2018/19 and has been looking for a location in West Hollywood.