Iconic L.A. Hot Dog Stand Tail o’ the Pup Returning in 2022

Go-Go’s at Tail O’ the Pup, 1980. Photo credit: Janette Beckman.

Good news for fans of historic Los Angeles — iconic hot dog stand Tail o’ the Pup is reopening in early 2022!

Shaped like a giant hot dog, Tail o’ the Pup opened in 1946 and was one of LA’s most beloved examples of programmatic architecture: structures built to look like the products they sell.

A sign outside Tail o’ the Pup declared, “Tasty hot pups—you’ll like ‘em!” The beloved hot doggery went out of business in 2005, with the original food stand tucked away in storage ever since.

Known for historic restorations of local landmarks like The Formosa Cafe and North Hollywood’s barrel-shaped Idle Hour, 1933 Group bought the 18-foot by 9-foot structure in 2018.

1933 Group spent years in search of the right spot to reopen the hot dog stand and just announced they finally found it. The group of cultural preservationists wanted something on a major street not too far from the original location on La Cienega near Beverly Blvd.

Stray Cats outside Tail o’ the Pup, 1983. Used by permission of 1933 Group.

Tail o’ the Pup’s new location, at 8512 Santa Monica Blvd., is a 2700 square foot property that will house the walk-up food stand, along with al fresco dining areas, including a beer garden. In an earlier incarnation, 8512 Santa Monica was the recording studio where The Doors recorded L.A. Woman in 1971.

Anthony Bourdain visited Tail o’ the Pup in 2002, featuring it on his series A Cook’s Tour.  The food stand was also a favorite of bands like The Go-Go’s, Devo, and The Stray Cats, along with Betty White and Sigourney Weaver, and appeared on an episode of The Muppets in 1987.

For more information about Tail o’ the Pup, visit their website.

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This Weekend, Borrow a Bike When You Buy Kiva’s Sour Gummies!

Image of Camino Sours courtesy of Kiva Confections.

Known for high-quality cannabis edibles like Camino Gummies and chocolate-covered Tera Bites, Kiva Confections just launched a new product. Camino Sours are similar to Kiva’s acclaimed mood-enhancing Camino Gummies, but come in new, tart flavors.

To make trying Camino Sours even more enticing, Green Goddess in Venice is offering a special incentive this weekend. On Saturday, October 23 and Sunday, October 24, buy Camino Sours at Green Goddess and you’ll be given access to one of Kiva’s 10 Solé bikes for riding around The Strand in Venice Beach. 

These new sour gummies come in watermelon, peach, and citrus flavors. Dusted in sour sugar and precisely dosed, they feature customized terpenes to help you feel uplifted, balanced, or chill. 

In addition, if you purchase Camino Sours at Green Goddess on either of those dates, you’ll be entered in a raffle to win a customized Camino Sours bike!

Green Goddess is located at 1716 Main Street in Venice. 


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Movies Till Dawn: Peanut Butter Frankencup (Halloween 2021)

Yokai Monsters Collection” (1968-69/2005, Arrow Video) Trio of period supernatural fantasies from Daiei, home of Gamera and Majin, concerning Japan’s rich and bizarre tradition of ghosts and monsters, as well as a newer take from cult director Takashi Miike. The original trilogy – roughly titled in English as “100 Ghosts,” “Spook Warfare,” and “Along with Ghosts” – follow a similar story arc in which corrupt force desecrate rural religious shrine, prompting revenge by various spirits. Humans are to blame in the first and third films – a cruel landowner builds a brothel over a demolished shrine in “100,” and bandits commit murder on holy ground in “Along” – though “Spook” ups the ante by pitting the local ghosts against a blood-drinking Babylonian demon. The plots are largely secondary to the parade of creatures, all drawn from Japanese folklore – the most memorable of which is the kasa-obake, a umbrella-shaped ghost with a long tongue (others are a lot more scary, which might rule this out as kid-friendly viewing) – and rendered with impressive (for the period) suitmation and practical visual effects. Miike’s entry, “The Great Yokai War,” borrows from both “Spook Warfare” and the venerable folktale about Momotaro for its battle between a young boy and a demon angered by modern Japanese culture’s dismissal of yokai. Continue reading

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LA Through a Cracked Lens: Gotta Get Myself a Trendy Gold Chin Cuff! Angelina Jolie at The Immortals Premiere

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Get Breakfast for 72 Cents & Free Randy’s Donuts This Wednesday 10/20

Image courtesy of Norms & Randy’s Donuts.

Wednesday, October 20 is the 72nd anniversary of classic Southern California diner chain Norms. To celebrate, every Norms location is offering breakfast for just 72 cents!

In addition, Norms has collaborated with another classic So Cal brand — Randy’s Donuts — to create a limited-edition Hotcake Donut. The donuts are decadently topped with maple glaze, crispy bacon, and drizzles of strawberry jam. 

Starting at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, the first 500 people to visit the Norms Food Truck parked outside of Norms’ famous Googie-style location at 470 N. La Cienega will get free Hotcake Donuts. 

The 72-cent breakfast consists of two scrambled eggs, two slices of bacon or sausage, and a hotcake. This special is available to dine-in guests at every Norms location from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. 

In addition, Norms is giving away $72,000. You can enter the contest by texting a keyword found inside all Norms locations.

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This is Halloween 2021

    Disneyland Photo Opp Photo by Elise Thompson

Halloween is happening again this year, with some precautions in place. Here is a list of exciting events running throughout October to thrill, chill, enchant or scare the living crap out of you!



8pm – Midnight / Mid-City / $25

Visit this abandoned clown school where you will enjoy private experience through the maze for you and your group (up to four people at a time). There will be midway games and live entertainers as you await your entry into the maze.  Although it is an immersive, interactive experience, the clowns will not touch you.

Age requirement: 16+ This venue is not wheelchair accessible this year. All cast and crew members are vaccinated. Unlike most haunts, costumes are encouraged. Imagine the anarchy if you all dress up as clowns. Thursdays – Sundays from October 7th – October 31st from 8pm – 11pm. 2525 W Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90018. TICKETS

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Luggage Room Pizzeria Unveils New Take Away in Pasadena

The Luggage Room Pizzeria in Pasadena. Photos by Karin E. Baker for The LA Beat.

Located on a charming stretch of Raymond Avenue that’s home to the Victorian-era Castle Green and Pasadena Croquet Club, Luggage Room Pizzeria is worth visiting just for the vintage atmosphere. Happily, the food makes the Luggage Room worthy of repeat visits.

This pizza-centric restaurant is located in a 1934 building once the site of Pasadena’s historic Santa Fe depot. That train depot’s luggage room used to hold the luggage of icons like Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, and Ella Fitzgerald as they made their way to and from Hollywood — DTLA’s Union Station didn’t open until 1939.

You’ll find an abundance of outdoor dining space here. Beautifully landscaped, the structure is surrounded by bird of paradise plants, succulents, swaying palms, and other trees and greenery.

The striking interior feels like you’re stepping back in time. Wall sconces set with amber bulbs, an elaborate chandelier above the wood bar, burnished leather seating, and brick walls all contribute to the classic vibe.  Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Chocolate Vampire Kisses (Halloween 2021 Edition)

Kolchak: The Night Stalker  (The Complete Series)” (1974-75, Kino Lorber) Having survived a vampire in Las Vegas and an undead strangler beneath the city of Seattle, reporter Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin, still decades away from playing the Old Man from “A Christmas Story”) discovers that all of his assignments have some kind of supernatural or monstrous element. Heavy nostalgia for ’70s-era monster kids, who recall this short-lived series fondly – chief among them Chris Carter, who cited “Kolchak” as the inspiration for “The X-Files.” Admittedly, none of the episodes rise to the same level of chills and drama as the two TV-features that preceded it, and a combination of budgetary issues, standards and practices, and the challenges of creating scary TV content on a weekly basis neuter some of the creatures (most notably the headless motorcyclist in “Chopper”). Others are exceptionally well-rendered and depicted: the voracious female vampire – a victim of Kolchak’s first monster run-in – in “Vampire” (one of eight episodes penned by “Sopranos” creator David Chase), a Hindu demon with the ability to transform into someone its victims trust in “Horror in the Heights” (written by Hammer scripter Jimmy Sangster), and Lara Parker of “Dark Shadows” as a haute couture/high camp witch in “The Trevi Collection.” These high points weren’t enough to save the show, which was already struggling with conflict between McGavin, the network, and producers, but its 20 episodes remain well-loved, despite their flaws, by fans of ’70s-era small screen horror. Kino’s Blu-ray offers 2K masters for the entire series and bundles them with commentaries for each episode from, among others, Kim Newman, David J. Schow, Tim Lucas, Gary Gerani, Amanda Reyes, and “Kolchak” historian Mark Dawidziak, who also pens informative liner notes. New interviews with Chase and Dana Gould and original TV spots round out this terrific set. Continue reading

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DIY (or Buy) Mister O’s Incredible Penicillin Cocktail

Mister O’s Chain Riachtion cocktail. Photo by Karin E. Baker for The LA Beat

A Studio City restaurant and lounge with a mid-century, Palm Springs vibe, Mister O’s is renowned for excellent cocktails, among them the Chain Riachtion, a standout version of that modern classic, the Penicillin.

Anchoring the Chain Riachtion is Benriach Smoky 10, a peaty, ten-year-old single malt Scotch whisky. Herbaceous Amaro, lemon juice, ginger syrup, and salted honey syrup join the Smoky 10, creating a concoction that evokes a classic, Hot Toddy-like curative.

This limited-time libation is available for a few more days at Mister O’s. You can drink it on the premises, get it to go, or make your own using the recipe below created by Mister O’s Danny Natali.

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watt’s picture of the week – wednesday, october 13, 2021

the fishing boat angels gate (named after our port’s angels gate) at the sp slip this morning in my pedro town…

photo by mike watt

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