Tal Shoemake was surrounded by hot dog stands as a youth growing up in Sherman Oaks. Many folks from the East Coast had moved to the San Fernando Valley, desiring the same choices they previously had from sidewalk hot dog vendors, Shoemake said. That’s why businesses such as the Wiener Factory and other popular fast food restaurants sprouted up offering steaming hot brats, chili-dogs, kraut-dogs, New York-style dogs, and a variety of other wiener choices.
But, that’s what was missing when Shoemake decided to make La Cañada home, he said.
Now, 15 years after moving here, Shoemake, 46, plans to turn a long vacant fast food structure at the corner of Young Drive and Foothill Boulevard into The Doghouse, a specialty hot dog stand offering to fill just about any hot dog hankering a person could have.
The Doghouse is set to open next month, after it receives final approval of signage, paint colors, awning and patio seating from the city planning department’s design review board.