The Pampered Pup

Photo courtesy of the Yu family.

On the corner of Park Street and Central Avenue, The Pampered Pup has been offering up hot dogs to hungry Alamedans since 1967. With its iconic sign of a reclining, diamond-studded pooch holding aloft a hotdog on a fork, and an interior in vintage orange and yellow, it is one of Alameda’s unofficial landmarks.

Since the 1990s, the Yu family has operated the Pup, and it rarely closed - even on holidays like Christmas and New Year’s Day, one could find Pak or Kit behind the counter. But in early May, Pak died after a difficult battle with cancer.