D’oh! Underdogs closing shop next to Geno’s

After only eight months in the space next to Geno’s, hot dog shop Underdogs is closing, dealing a blow to late-night food options in cheesesteak central.

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Owner Robert Amar posted on its Facebook page that they would be calling it quits at 1205 S. 9th St. but that the original location at 17th and Sansom will stay open.

Here’s what he posted:


We tried real hard to make it work in South Philly. This is a neighborhood we love. But, we can’t do it on 9th St. anymore. This is a tough block, no question. We want to thank all of you who have supported us here. That meant so much to us. We are looking for another location to serve you so stay tuned. In the meantime, we will be up in Center City having fun with hot dogs, creating new and tasty specials and contemplating our next move.

Once again, we love you all and thank you for your support.

The shop opened with high ambitions of being the late-night alternative to a drunken cheesesteak run, with weekend hours as late as 4 a.m. at one point. Delivery was also offered, but apparently it never took off.

Or, maybe the glow from Geno’s neon is just too powerful for that location to work. After all, it was previously home to O Sandwiches, which closed even though it was the best bahn mi (Vietnamese hoagie) shop ever.


7 thoughts on “D’oh! Underdogs closing shop next to Geno’s

  • June 19, 2013 at 9:27 am

    I wonder if it’s because it was basically targetting the exact same late-night meat-loving demographic as pats&geno’s. I think something like a MAOZ might have better luck here. Or maybe it’s just a doomed location.

  • June 19, 2013 at 10:18 am

    NOOOO!!!! Loved that place!

  • June 19, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Perhaps becuase they claimed to be open till 4:00 AM on weekends, but when you got there at 3:00 it was always closed…

  • June 19, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    I always thought their price point was just a buck or two too high. I love hot dogs, but $7 is a bit pricey, no matter how delicious the toppings, especially if you’re targeting the drunk, late night crowd. I’m sure their margins are thin, but I rarely go because for a similar price you can get a much more substantial dish.

  • June 21, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    The word is that one of the neighboring businesses was employing some 6th grade intimidation tactics to make Underdogs & their employees feel anything but welcome. Doomed location indeed.

  • June 24, 2013 at 8:57 am

    I have posted before that places like Underdogs need to remember that they are in Philly, not Brooklyn. Perhaps, had they offered some local fare (like fish cake combos, and pepper hash); they would have fared better.

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