We knew it was coming: Hofmann Hots was expected to close at some point so it could be bulldozed and replaced with a 300-unit apartment complex. That day arrived, then passed; Hofmann Hots' last day in business was Tuesday, Aug. 18.
Hofmann Hots was one of the earliest restaurants in what's now a vibrant area of West Dallas called Trinity Groves. Back in 2013, the hot dog shop and a nearby barbecue joint were loners -- beacons of what could be coming to "the other side" of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.
Trinity Groves investor Phil Romano (the man behind Romano's Macaroni Grill, Eatzi's, Fuddruckers and many more) is an investor in Hofmann Sausage Company and helped develop Hofmann Hots. Romano has also closed another of his restaurants, Potato Flats, in Trinity Groves.
But unlike Potato Flats, which will not pop back up at another Trinity Groves address, Hofmann Hots will live on nearby, the investor says.
The new Hofmann Hots is slated to open across the street, still in West Dallas, in November.
"The concept has done well in the Dallas area, reinforcing that Texans love their Hofmann hot dogs," says Reginald Bailey, CEO of Hofmann Sausage Company, in a statement.
He also said there will eventually be "multiple locations" of Hofmann Hots in Dallas-Fort Worth. We named it one of the best places to get hot dogs in D-FW.
As GuideLive reported in February, the master plan for Trinity Groves includes more than 80 acres of development in West Dallas. If the development goes Romano's way, Trinity Groves will be similar to Dallas development West Village: It'll have restaurants (of which more than a dozen are already open), plus housing, hotels and retail.
"[This area] was not very desirable," said Romano in the February 2015 story. "We've taken that land and made it desirable."