Tail O' The Pup Will Return To La Cienega And A Replica Is Coming To DTLA
The iconic Tail O' the Pup hot dog stand is headed back to La Cienega, and we'll also be seeing a replica of the giant weenie at The Bloc downtown. A prime example of mimetic novelty architecture, the giant hot dog building that housed hot dog stand Tail O' the Pup is ready to return to La Cienega after a decade.
The 17-foot-long hot dog popped up at 300 La Cienega Blvd. in 1946 and was owned by a celebrity dance pair. According to L.A. Magazine, father-and-son Dennis and Eric Blake bought the hot dog stand in the 1970s. In 1985, it moved a block away and the Sofitel Hotel was built in its place. In 2005, a condo ousted the stand and it was sent to Torrance, where it sat in a warehouse until a trip to Las Vegas for restoration in 2014.
Now, Tail o' the Pup will reopen once more La Cienega in early 2016, and there will be another one downtown in The Bloc, formerly known as Macy's Plaza.
Previous rumors suggested that the hot dog stand could possibly appear at The Grove or The Americana.
Alison Martino of Vintage Los Angeles made a video that explores the history and restoration of the beloved wiener.
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