The site of The Original Hot Dog Shop in Oakland is being redeveloped into a pair of restaurants by the owner of another Oakland eatery, according to a report by the Pittsburgh Business Times.
“The O” closed its doors for good in April, and despite a push by billionaire Mark Cuban to revive the iconic Pitt campus eatery, the prime real estate at the corner of Bouquet Street and Forbes Avenue is being redeveloped into two restaurants by Metro Restaurant Group.
Mero also owns Stack’d Burger and Beer and CHiKN, which are a block down Forbes.
One of the new restaurants is expected to be a franchise of Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop, a Delaware-based chain with over 100 locations. The rest of the space will be a new concept developed by Mero called Viva Los Tacos.
The Original Hot Dog Shop was founded bay Syd & Moe Simon in 1960 and became Oakland’s most legendary eatery, famous for its namesake hot dogs, gigantic portions of french fries, late-night hours and throwback neon signage and menu boards.
The closure of The O is yet another in a long list of iconic Oakland drinking and dining institutions, with Peter’s Pub and Uncle Sam’s Submarines among recent losses.