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Melrose and La Brea Intersection Might Turn Into ‘Pink’s Square’ to Honor Iconic Hot Dog Stand

The LA City Council introduced the motion yesterday for Pink’s Hot Dogs

Pink’s Hot Dogs
Pink’s Hot Dogs
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Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles City Council introduced a motion to change the intersection of Melrose and La Brea to Pink’s Square in honor of Pink’s Hot Dogs. The mom and pop hot dog stand has been stationed near that Hollywood corner since for 71 years.

First reported by NBC-LA, Councilman Paul Koretz introduced the motion yesterday, and if approved, Pink’s Square will become a permanent part of LA city streets and direction apps. As a tourist and local favorite, most are undeterred by the long lines along La Brea Boulevard, which can be up to an hour or more on a busy night. Eater reached out to Koretz’s spokesperson, who said the vote could come at anytime.

Paul and Betty Pink started as a hot dog pushcart in 1939. The husband and wife opened the iconic location in 1947 with a simple menu: a chili dog and a hamburger. Beverly Pink and her brother Richard Pink with his wife Gloria still run the the business, which operates throughout the U.S. and the Philippines.