A Pitt institution is apparently no more.
The Original Hot Dog Shop has closed its doors after nearly 60 years of selling hot dogs, french fries, pizza and more from its location on Forbes Avenue adjacent to Pitt’s campus.
Better known as The O, the hot dog shop was founded by Syd & Moe Simon in June 1960, and over the years became Oakland’s most legendary eatery.
Over the years it had been honored by the likes of Gourmet Magazine, The New York Times and Food Network, and was featured on WQED’s A Hot Dog Program with host Rick Sebak.
Its colorful menu boards, neon signage, low prices and sometimes absurd portions made The O a throwback classic. Open until 2 a.m., The O was a frequent destination for Pitt students after a long night of partying. Even Pitt football coach Pat Narduzzi mourned its closing on Twitter.
Going to miss those fries! #RIPTheO
— Pat Narduzzi (@CoachDuzzPittFB) April 18, 2020
The shop’s closure comes amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has been especially difficult on restaurants, as businesses have been forced to transition to takeout and delivery only with dining rooms closed by Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf on March 15.
The O’s closure follows fellow longtime Pitt institutions such as Peter’s Pub and Uncle Sam’s subs, which have closed in recent years.
A request for comment from restaurant ownership was not immediately returned.