San Antonio hot dog store sets date to reopen after months of major repairs

After an extended closure due to repairs, gourmet hot dog restaurant The Dogfather has finally set a date to reopen. On Friday, November 26, the Coppola-inspired restaurant will begin full service.

The San Pedro store known for its inventive and busy franchises has announced its Black Friday reopening on its social media platforms.

“Thank you for waiting patiently for us and thank you to our staff for staying with us. We totally appreciate your support,” the post read.

In June, The Dogfather was renovating its roof when the store flooded, causing extensive water damage to the dining room and kitchen. During the repair process, the operation, co-owned by Patrick Curel and Jaime Hoppe, was forced to go out of business. Ahead of the reopening, Curel says the team is looking forward to the big day.


“We’re super excited. We know there’s a lot in store for us, a lot of stuff to come. It’s like a relief that it’s pretty much over,” Curel told MySA. “We are extremely grateful to our team, and all they have done for us and have stayed with us.”

New in-store developments are extended weekend hours and the launch of The Dogfather Impossible Burger.

“Our burgers are killer, and we decided to bring the Impossible Burger to appeal to our vegans as well,” said Curel.

Currently, the restaurant is recruiting cashiers and line cooks.

Earlier this year, The Dogfather received accolades from the Express-News Food Team by being featured in “5 Places for Great Hot Dogs” and in 2018 it was named the Best Hot Dog Spot in the city.

You can find The Dogfather at 6211 San Pedro Avenue. It will be open from noon to 2 a.m. on the opening day.

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6211 San Pedro Avenue, (210) 481-4272, sadogfather.com


Paul Stephen / San Antonio Express-News

Proudly serving up inventive hot dog combinations, The Dogfather is a must-have for anyone who wants to take down awesome dogs. Choose from options like The Elote (topped with grilled corn, smoked queso, crumbled takis, and mayonnaise) and The Ratchet (complete with Flamin ‘Hot Cheetos, fried queso and jalapeños). Editor’s Note: The Dogfather is temporarily closed, but be sure to check this location out once it reopens.



Hot dogs get the San Antonio treatment at Dogfather, located at 6211 San Pedro Ave.

Hot dogs get the San Antonio treatment at Dogfather, located at 6211 San Pedro Ave.

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