La Brea and Melrose Dedicated Pink’s Square Yesterday

City officials cut the ribbon dedicating Pink’s Square at the intersection of La Brea and Melrose Avenue (l-r) former Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Patt Morrison, Beverly Pink, Councilmember David Ryu, LAFD Chief Armando Hogan, Councilmember Paul Koretz, Richard Pink, City Attorney Mike Feuer, Gloria Pink and former Councilmember and County Supervisor Zev Yaraslovsky

Yesterday, Los Angeles City officials gathered to dedicate the intersection at La Brea and Melrose Avenues historic Pink’s Square in honor of the family run business, Pink’s Hotdogs, founded in 1939 by Paul and Betty Pink.

Councilmember Paul Koretz told the Buzz he’d been working on the dedication of the intersection for over a year to honor the legendary institution that he’s been coming to his whole life.

“They started from humble beginnings with 25 bucks and a push cart, then a restaurant and now there are Pink’s all over the world but this is the original, the Hollywood icon, it’s just a great story,” Koretz told the Buzz.

There are four signs designating the intersection that Koretz said he hopes to eventually paint pink. But for now, there are four vertical pink poles that will hopefully stay pink.

Pink’s is celebrating the designation of the intersection by donating $7800 to charity in recognition of its 78 years in business and is donating 100% of the proceeds of the sale of chili dogs and Patt Morrison veggie dogs, sold for 78¢ yesterday.

“We are overwhelmed with joy,” Richard Pink told reporters yesterday who explained that people keep coming because of the food is good and there’s something for everyone with over 40 hotdogs on the menu.

Below are photos from the festivities.

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Patricia Lombard is the co-editor and publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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