When you walk into Old Fashion Hot Dogs on the corner of W. 41st and Lorain Ave, it’s clear you’re walking into Cleveland history. The landmark restaurant has been welcoming hungry patrons into its doors since 1928. On March 28th of 2020, it’ll be turning off the grill for good.
The tiny establishment (a mere 9 by 40 feet) has been small but mighty, with the griddle (that takes up most the real estate) perpetually steaming up the windows. The prices have been locked in place since the 1970’s, with $1.75 for a chili dog, three for $5. There are a couple bar stools, and a menu with movable type (that likely hadn’t been moved in years). Framed newspaper stories through the years, along with a poster for The Land, a movie that used Old Fashion Hot Dogs as a location in 2016, hang on the wall. It was an ultimate late-night stop, serving increasingly bleary-eyed customers until 1 am.
Soon it will all be closing, after 92 years. Be sure to visit before this part of the old Cleveland is gone forever. But remember, they are, and always have been, cash only.