A hot dog restaurant from a local fine dining chef that’s been in the works since 2017 is about to take a step toward opening.

The Coastal Commission will consider renovations to the building at 2428 Main St. where chef Josiah Citrin is planning to open a location of his hot dog chain, Dave’s Doghouse. The commission will debate an interior remodel and a covered patio behind the building, which previously housed the Santa Monica Electric Company.

Citrin, a two-star Michelin chef, is known for the French-New American restaurant Melisse. The fine dining restaurant closed in March for renovations and will reopen this fall with a new concept.

Citrin opened Dave’s Doghouse’s first Los Angeles location in 2015 at the Staples Center, a few months before he launched casual restaurant Charcoal in Venice.

Citrin’s cousin David Cheren started the hot dog chain several years earlier at the Arizona State University campus in Tempe, Arizona. Since then, it has spread to sports arenas in Atlanta and Phoenix, as well as the BNP Paribas Open near Palm Springs earlier this year, according to its website.

“Dave’s Doghouse is (Citrin’s) most affordable and approachable food, and he is excited to bring this concept to Main Street in Santa Monica,” the restaurant’s application states.

The restaurant’s signature hot dog is topped with mac and cheese and bacon, but it serves six others, too, including a Reuben dog and a chili dog. It also serves sliders, fries, onion rings and a chicken sandwich.

Dave’s Doghouse began the process to open in Santa Monica in 2017 but has stalled since then. The storefront next to seasonal Californian restaurant Little Prince still bears the signage of the Santa Monica Electric Company.

Plans for the location show that the back patio will seat 18 people. The interior of the 661 square foot restaurant will hold a service counter, kitchen and bathrooms, but no seating. The site does not include parking.

The Commission meets on July 10 at 9 a.m. in San Louis Obispo. Meetings can be viewed online at www.coastal.ca.gov.


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