Going on five years since it closed, the news is that there's no news on the reopening of the much-loved Tail o' the Pup hot dog (and more) stand. Owner Dennis Blake tells Bob Pool in today's LAT that he turned down a rumored offer back then to relocate on a parking lot in Westwood Village (which since then has seen hot dog places come and go.) Blake has been looking for a site recently, but sounds no closer to a deal than he was in 2005. As for the iconic but slightly dinged-up stand, which is in storage in Torrance, Blake says: "The dog itself doesn't need a lot of work. We'd just have to build a kitchen and attach it to the back of it."
Pup facts: The original Tail o' the Pup on La Cienega (seen in Brian de Palma's "Body Double" in 1984 and in "Daddy-O" in 1959) made way for the Sofitel hotel....The artist Shag commemorated the Pup in a couple of acrylics, including this one, in 2005... There still has been nothing built on the San Vicente site the Pup was forced to abandon in '05....Blake and his father 85-year-old father Eddie, Mr. Tail o' the Pup to a lot of his former customers, look good after five years out of the culinary limelight.