Papoo's Hot Dog Show, which has been located on Riverside Drive in Burbank's Toluca Lake neighborhood since 1949, is closing its doors for good after today and shutting down.
Owner Leona Gardner told the L.A. Times she is closing because the building needs an extensive remodeling she can't afford.
Patch columnist Joe Goodman, who grew up in the East Valley and has been going to Papoo's since he was a boy, .
"I remember, there was one in Studio City, and one in Burbank just over the border from Toluca Lake. There were a few others around L.A., too," Goodman remembered. "These places were fun, relaxed, had a great atmosphere, and we loved the food. Some kids had birthday parties. You would run into neighbors and friends ... even the employees would know your name and say 'hello.' At the time, I thought of it as a kid's place, but my mom and dad loved it too."