Opened in 1949, for more than 60 years Papoo’s Hot Dog Show provided a “home away from home” for those living in the Toluca Lake neighborhood of Burbank. This week employee’s received notice the “The Show” was sold, and they would be closing by the end of August.
As gastro-icon located on the corner of Riverside and Rose, “the Show” is featured in culinary reviews ranging from “The Ham Blogger,” “Urban Spoon,” “Menu Pix,” to “Greaseweek.” In addition, “The Show” was also featured briefly in the original “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.”
For long time patrons such as Jill Share, a former employee (1976-1977), the loss of “the Show” hits hard. “I was told it will become an Italian restaurant.” Share would like to visit the restaurant and see if she can copy or keep any of the many photos lining ‘the Show’s” walls.
In a world becoming dominated by fast food chains, yuppie and kiddie restaurant magnets – and instant ramen, independent diners are rapidly becoming a relic of the past, vanishing as profits decline and underlying property values rise. With the loss, diners will also lose the simplicity and community of a place to have a simple, good, hot dog or burger.
Burbank residents and friends of “The Show” have until the end of August to share memories and experiences brought back by news the ‘50s style diner will soon be gone.
Papoo’s Hot Dog Show’s owner could not be reached for comment or confirmation on the future of the restaurant’s employees or sale. BurbankNBeyond will keep on top of the story and bring news as developed.