The location of one of Burbank's longest-running lunchtime attractions, Papoo's Hot Dog Show, got a reboot this week when gourmet hamburger chain Umami Burger opened in the space.
The owners of Umami Burbank, which officially opened Monday, say they tried to reimagine the spot while staying true to the character of the late local institution, which closed in 2011 after 62 years serving hot dogs, hamburgers and beer to Burbank residents.
"Obviously it was very old school, very 50's looking," Umami founder Adam Fleischman said of Papoo's. "I don't think it would have been a good location to re-do and make something that it wasn't, so we decided to just keep it the same style."
In addition to Papoo-style exterior signage and diner-themed décor, the menu is also an homage, with a variety of hot dogs and a special "Show Burger" that replicates the former tenant's famed bacon-bbq-onion ring burger.