Tail o’ the Pup is back. But not the way you want it to be. The iconic 1946 roadside food stand is not returning as a restaurant, but rather as a museum exhibit. “The owners felt like the Valley Relics Museum was the go-to place for preserving that kind of stuff,” said museum founder Tommy Gelinas. “I said yes to the donation.” The 18-foot concrete wiener originally stood on the Northwest corner of La Cienega and Beverly Boulevards but moved in 1985 and again in 2005 to escape development.
After spending a few years in a Torrance warehouse, the landmark traveled to Las Vegas to be restored. Plans to reopen inside the original stand have been scuttled and the giant hot dog has been resting in a Lake Elsinore storage lot. It travels to North Hollywood this week.
The family of longtime owner Eddie Blake hoped for the original pup’s revival last year and teamed up with the owners of Killer Shrimp to launch a food truck and future locations. According to Gelinas, the vintage stand will no longer be part of that proposed new restaurant chain. It will join artifacts from Henry’s Tacos, Pioneer Chicken, the Palomino, and other bygone favorites in the Chatsworth museum.
The museum is inviting fans to come greet the Pup at 2 p.m. on Thursday at The Print Lab in North Hollywood, where it will be cleaned and prepared to go on display at the museum later this month. “We have the sign from Cupid’s,” Gelinas joked. “Maybe we’ll serve their hot dogs.”