Delaware North Cos. Travel Hospitality Services plans to open a Pink's Hot Dogs location at Tom Bradley International Terminal of the Los Angeles World Airport (LAX) later this year. This is the first time that the well-known Pink's brand will be featured at an airport anywhere in the world, and one of only a few times that Pink's food has been served outside of Hollywood, where it is a very notable local product that has garnered numerous celebrity endorsements.
The Pink's Hot Dogs location at LAX is part of Delaware North's Gateway Concept strategy to bring local concepts to major public venues like airports, sporting arenas and other travel destinations. Just recently, the company announced a similar partnership with Los Angeles-based The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, which opened its first of two locations in LAX's sister airport, Ontario International, in November 2008. Additionally last month, Delaware North said it would partner with Travel Channel to develop branded retail locations in airports throughout the United States.
Often touted as one of the most famous hot dog stands in the world, Pink's had been a landmark Hollywood dining destination for millions since opening in 1939. Its location, near the corner of Melrose and La Brea Avenues, has never shifted. Probably best known for its savory Pink's Famous Chili Dogs, Pink’s offers a wide variety of hot dogs with various toppings, many named after celebrity fans of the restaurant.
"For 70 years, Pink's has been a must-see, must-eat destination in Los Angeles for both locals and international visitors alike," said Pink's owner Richard Pink. "So it made perfect sense to bring a little bit of this Los Angeles nostalgia and history to LAX, one of the busiest airports in the world. This allows visitors from all over the world to experience Pink's and its famous hot dogs, whether they plan a stop in Hollywood or not."