Mel Lohn

Virginia Lohn

Jessica Purvis
General Manager

Anjuli Lohn Davis
Vice President of Operations


To Tampa, With love

Mel's Memoir

Mel's Hot Dogs started with one Chicagoland hippie and a major case of the munchies.

Back in the early 1970s, Mel was touring the Sunshine State with his Rock 'n' Roll band. With their afros picked and American flag unitards packed (yes, there are photos to prove it), Mel and the motley crew of musicians moseyed from gig to gig in a hollowed out old school bus.

After one particularly late night, Mel traveled Tampa in search of the comfort food of his hometown: the Chicago-style hot dog. A quick trip turned into a futile voyage, resulting in a hangry man with a grand vision. Mel couldn't believe it- not a SINGLE hot dog stand in the entire city of Tampa? His fair Chicago had stands on every city block. Ever the entrepreneur, Mel saw an opportunity. On July 3rd, 1973, Mel's Hot Dogs opened up shop on the corner of 42nd Street and Busch Boulevard. The rest is history!



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