Pink’s Hot Dogs, the iconic hot dog stand in Los Angeles (No. 16 on our list of Best Hot Dogs in America) known for its dozens of toppings and menu items named after celebrities, is opening in the Philippines in a trendy neighborhood in Manila, the capital city.The first international Pink’s will begin operations this fall, attached to the soon-to-be-opened swanky Shangri-La Hotel (the second one in the Philippines), appealing to the emerging demographic of younger and wealthier Manila residents.
To make this happen, the Pink family is partnering with Walter and Margarita Manzke of Los Angeles’ modern French restaurant and bakery République, who will open their fourth location of Wildflour Café and Bakery this summer in the Philippines. Together, they will create what Walter Manzke describes as an “L.A.-style biergarten” complete with an ice cream shop/soda fountain and bar serving cocktails and local craft beer, with a Wildflour outpost right nearby.
Fans of Pink’s original hot dogs will be happy to know that the Philippines location will have an abbreviated version of the original menu, with some hot dogs topped with rice and other Filipino ingredients and spices.
“I’ve been told the people there love everything American,” Richard Pink told The Daily Meal. “It wouldn’t surprise me to have to tailor to Filipino tastes a little, but our menu will have that Pink’s style everyone’s familiar with. We are even importing the hot dogs.”
If all goes well, a second Pink’s location is an option, although no further details have been released about that possibility.