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Sumo Dog Slams Into a Long-Running Koreatown Space Soon

The Japanese-leaning hot dog makers are going brick and mortar for the first time

Sumo Dog’s loaded hot dogs shown from above, in a row.
Hot dogs from Sumo Dog in Koreatown
Wonho Frank Lee

Who’s ready for some Sumo Dog? The overclocked Japanese hot dog pop-up concept from chef Jeffrey Lunak and Mark Stone is heading for its first-ever brick and mortar location in the heart of Koreatown — and landing at an address with a ton of history.

The new Sumo Dog will take over for the only very recently shuttered Romero’s, a tiny family-run Mexican restaurant that closed in late December after 29 successful years. With a relatively quick turnaround coming, don’t expect too much to change from the old days. The space will still be long, narrow, and likely feature lots of open cooking, ideally with long late night hours considering its address next door to Frank N Hanks.

As for the menu, this longtime Coachella staple will be playing their usual hits, which means hot dogs lined with Japanese ingredients like furikake and togarashi, with a possible extended lineup now that they’ve got the room. No official word on an opening date just yet, but expect something sooner rather than later.

Sumo Dog
516 S. Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA

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