Tail o' the Pup clarified *

PupThere's more to add to Monday's item about Tail o' the Pup, which may have to close on San Vicente in West Hollywood. The Pup opened in 1946 at 311 North La Cienega, on the northwest corner of Beverly Boulevard. (I have to believe the name was a play on Tail o' the Cock, which was a fancy dinner house at 477 South La Cienega in Beverly Hills.) Anyway, Tail o' the Pup survived the arrival of Beverly Center across the street, which did swallow up the favorite pony ride park for a generation of Los Angeles kids. The Pup lived in the shadow of Beverly Center for a few years but was forced to move in 1985 for construction of the hotel that became Sofitel. The old Tail o' the Pup can be seen in Brian de Palma's 1984 thriller Body Double, Brian Linse emails.

* How could we forget: The Pup (the new location, of course) was in the 1998 pilot episode of Pamela Andersen's series V.I.P. Her character Vallery Irons worked behind the counter until meeting a big-time TV star whose life she later saved. Also, owner Eddie Blake confirms (second-hand) that the clock is ticking. 4:20 pm


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