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Tail O' the Pup, the landmark L.A. hot dog stand, still homeless

April 11, 2010 |  6:34 am


Trouble is, Tail O' the Pup owner Dennis Blake doesn't have a place to roll it to.

The landmark hot dog stand that resembles a mustard-slathered wienie-in-a-bun -- featured in movies and music videos and considered an important piece of L.A. architecture -- has sat on wheels and been covered with a tarp in a Torrance warehouse since being evicted five years ago from its longtime home.

Blake badly wants to return the Pup to its chowhound followers. But he can't find a spot to put the tiny hot-dog house.

Crafted from chicken wire and stucco, the stand measures 17 feet from wienie tip to tip. It sits between a shiny aluminum travel trailer and a fiberglass-hulled boat at the Wesco Self-Storage Center on Normandie Avenue.

The Pup had a few bites taken out of it when it was booted from San Vicente Boulevard in West Hollywood. But a couple of stucco patches and some new paint will handle those, said Blake.

"The dog itself doesn't need a lot of work. We'd just have to build a kitchen and attach it to the back of it," he said.

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--Bob Pool

Photo: Pup in its heyday, operating in West Hollywood. L.A. Times file.