It is estimated that 150 million hot dogs will be eaten today on the Fourth of July. And the center of attention will be at Coney Island….
The Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest is an annual American hot dog competitive eating competition. It is held each year on Independence Day at Nathan's Famous Corporation's original, and best-known restaurant at the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island, a neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City.
However, in Toobworld, we have to look to the West Coast for the center of hot dog activity. In Los Angeles, there is the Tail O’ The Pup….
Tail O’ the Pup was an iconic Los Angeles, California hot dog stand actually shaped like a hot dog. Built in 1946, the small, walk-up stand has been noted as a prime example of "programmatic" or "mimetic" novelty architecture. It was one of the last surviving mid-20th century buildings that were built in the shapes of the products they sold.
The City of Los Angeles in 2006 declared Tail O’ the Pup to be a cultural landmark.
Blake's grandson Jay Miller and his wife Nicole inherited the Pup in 2017. After a failed attempt to have it reopened in a partnership with Killer Shrimp, the structure was donated to the Valley Relics Museum.
The 1933 Group purchased the structure in 2018 with plans to restore the stand to its original appearance, find a new location, and reopen it.
It is eligible for membership in the Television Crossover Hall of Fame, with appearances in at least three different series. There may be more, but these three are all that’s needed to be inducted:
BACKLASH OF THE HUNTER
Just a little trifle to celebrate the Fourth.
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!