Matt: I went by the new place today. It’s called The Dogout. It’s apparently part of a minichain: http://www.thedogout.com/index.html . But the basic dog ($2.99) I had was very good. And it’s open on weekends. It’s definitely a plus for the hood (and that particular hood is kind of rough around the edges–the place I sometimes work near there is a methadone clinic which tells you what I mean even though the 9th District Federal Court of Appeals is practically next door).
Thanks. My guess is that they are somehow associated with the Top Dog chain as the logo and menu are almost exactly the same.