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Iconic Philly Hot Dog Shop Closes in South Philly, Will Reopen After Sale

A sad day for Philadelphia's hot dog-enthusiasts

Texas Wieners split-dogs
Texas Wieners split-dogs
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Texas Wieners, the iconic 93-year-old hot dog shop in South Philly, closed due to a change of hands. According to a report by, owner John Viggiano said the restaurant would reopen under new ownership.

The Snyder Avenue shop which specialized in a specific style of dog — split and tucked into steamed buns, then doused in "Greek sauce" (like a poor man's  Espagnole sauce) — was forced to close back in the beginning of September due to a failed city health inspection. Viggiano chose to sell the business after landing a "lucrative job offer" in his "field of employment."

Viggiano told he was close to selecting a buyer "who really wants to take an interest in the business. It has to keep going."

With Texas Wieners gone, plus Hot Diggity and Moe's Hot Dog House in the grave, Philadelphia's tubed-meat scene has taken a real hit in recent years. Luckily, A.P.J. Texas Weiners in Center City still rocks a similar style dog on its menu. Also, look out for Jersey's Destination Dogs opening on Walnut Street sometime this Fall.

Texas Weiners

1426 Snyder Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145 (215) 465-8635 Visit Website