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Sqirl Dresses Up as a Famous Valley Hot Dog Stand, Cupid’s, for Halloween

And yes, they’re making hot dogs

Two hot dogs with sauce and relish next to chips on a red table.
Farley Elliott
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Virgil Village brunch mainstay Sqirl is dressing up for Halloween today. Not only is the staff kitted out in matching uniforms, but the space itself is meant (in part) to recreate an old school location of Valley hot dog legend Cupid’s Hot Dogs. And to match, of course, they really are doing vegan and non-vegan dogs inside.

For those unfamiliar, Cupid’s has been a mainstay in the Valley casual food scene since 1946, spawning multiple walk-up locations from Winnetka on down. The restaurant is one of a number of still-in-existence stalwarts from a sprawling bygone Los Angeles eating era, where walk-up windows and cheap eats permeated the day to day dining experience.

Sqirl, on the other hand, is among the hottest LA restaurants of the past decade, and still plays to long lines daily during the daytime. Every Halloween, Jessica Koslow and crew dresses up like a staple LA restaurant and does homage menu items that fit the theme.

The Cupid homage at Sqirl
Farley Elliott

Last year it was Langer’s, complete with pastrami, and this year it’s hearty hot dogs with sauerkraut, served with a side of housemade potato chips dusted with salty dehydrated sauerkraut dust. Yes, there is a vegan hot dog option too.

Those eager for a bite better get to Sqirl quick to catch the dress-up action, though; dogs are only on (as well as the regular daytime menu) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sqirl. 720 N. Virgil Ave., Los Angeles, CA.