Pink's goes to Vegas
According to a story The Times ran earlier this week, Pink's hot dogs isn't interested in starting a franchise, but it will allow its signature dogs to be sold outside its stand on a limited basis. One place mentioned in the story is Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.
Pink's Hot Dogs Las Vegas is scheduled to open in August inside the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, at the south end of the property, with direct access to the massive crowds walking along Las Vegas Boulevard. The new 1,900 square-foot location will serve 14 varieties of dogs, offer indoor and outdoor seating and (since this is Vegas) serve alcohol.
The Vegas restaurateur running the new Pink's is Billy Richardson, who also owns LBS: A Burger Joint inside the Red Rock Casino. If cooking up hot dogs and blowing the money you made doing it on craps is your idea of a dream life, check out the Pink's job fair in July. The new Pink's expects to hire 30 to 35 people for positions including bartenders, line cooks and managers.
Owners Richard and Gloria Pink and Beverly Pink Wolf may say they're not interested in franchising Pink's, but this sure sounds awfully similar to a franchise. Reps for the new Pink's even refer to Richardson as the "franchisee." Could Pink's Times Square be next? A call to Pink's hasn't been returned yet.
-- Jessica Gelt
Photo: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times