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Curtain Call Today for Papoo's Hot Dog Show

The Toluca Lake institution, which has been open since 1949, is closing its doors today.

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."

Craig Clough (Editor) August 28, 2011 at 06:44 PM
Blogger Dave Share at metroblogging.com who says he lives a block away and that his parents met at Papoo's reports the "rumor" is that the Papoo's site will be turned into an Italian restaurant - http://blogging.la/2011/08/28/papoos-hot-dog-show-closing-after-62-years/
larry August 29, 2011 at 02:24 AM
It is time for a change on that corner....It is a great location and with a new facelift it could be one of the best places to go in Toluca Lake. I hope it is light and airy with lots of outside seating and just another old fashion typical eatery
Kathy Cuevas August 29, 2011 at 03:38 PM
I'm devastated. My Mom used to bring me there when I was a toddler and I've been going there ever since. It's one of the few places left in the Valley that's completely unpretentious and feels like home.
maria muse August 29, 2011 at 04:32 PM
I'm sorry but the chairs and tables were greasy and the food was subpar. I wish I could take it over...googie architecture, '50s Sci Fi themed space aged cafe with good food. I get sentimentality, but at the end of the day its about the food. I hope a great place opens up. What about Le Pan Quotidien?!
Evan Atkinson August 29, 2011 at 07:32 PM
Wow, and to think I just went there for my very first time a couple of months ago. Didn't know it was going to be my last.
Tod Tamberg August 30, 2011 at 03:55 PM
Same here, Kathy. We lived in a house in the Rose St. cul-de-sac. Some of my earliest memories are eating at the giant angel hot dog. The houses on the cul-de-sac are gone, save the one behind Bob's, and now the Hot Dog Show is no more, too. TL seems to be going the way of Studio City: designer boutiques and fancy eats. No room for the good, old-fashioned spots anymore. Sad.

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