Today’s must-read: The dean of Doggie Diner
In case you missed it, the San Francisco Chronicle had a lovely tribute Monday to Al Ross, who founded the Bay Area’s Doggie Diner chain. He passed away last Wednesday in a Palm Springs care facility at the age of 93.
Ross’s family came West from the Bronx when he was in his 20s and settled in Alameda, where Ross and his mother started an ice cream business called White Castle, the Chron reports. Ross opened his first Doggie Diner in Oakland, in 1948.
While the last of the restaurants closed in 1986, one of the 700-pound Fiberglas heads that graced them remains out by Ocean Beach in San Francisco.