The first Doggie Diner was opened by owner Al Ross at 19th Street and San Pablo Avenue in 1948. The original restaurant was a tremendous success and Ross opened other Doggie Diners throughout the East Bay and San Francisco.
The restaurant chain grew until Ross owned 30 diners (including Downtown Oakland), each with the iconic giant, rotating dachshund heads designed by Harold Bachman.
The pressure of competing with McDonald's caused Al Ross to sell all the Doggie Diners in 1979 and retire to Palm Springs. The last of the diners closed in 1986.
Links and References
- Doggie Diner Founder Dies NBC Bay Area
- Al Ross - Doggie Diner founder - dies San Francisco Chronicle/SFGate
Puppy love reigns as Doggie Diner head returns / Cheers as icon goes back in place San Francisco Chronicle/SFGate
Doggie Diner Oakland, Calif. - signage by Federal Sign - 1963, courtesy of Heather David / Flickr
Doggie Diner - CSCL001701 DCL Elevator, University of Minnesota