The Original Hot Dog Shop has closed its doors after nearly 60
years of selling hot dogs, french fries, pizza and more from its
location on Forbes Avenue adjacent to Pitt’s campus.
Better known as The O, the hot dog shop was founded by Syd and Moe
Simon in June 1960, and over the years became Oakland’s most
Over the years it had been honored by the likes of Gourmet
Magazine, The New York Times and Food Network, and was featured on
WQED’s A Hot Dog Program with host Rick Sebak.
Its colorful menu boards, neon signage, low prices and sometimes
absurd portions made The O a throwback classic. Open until 2 a.m.,
The O was a frequent destination for Pitt students after a long
night of partying.
The O was the canonical ideal of the greasy college spoon, the sort of institution that you can’t imagine not having always been there or ever going away. Devastating news — and I was only ever a few-times-a-year visitor from across the state.