Woofie's at 1919 Woodson in Overland, Missouri started operations in December 1976, and has been selling hot dogs for 40 years. The St. Louis staple has sold over 750,000 dogs and hamburgers to date. Prior to becoming Woofie's, the building was operated as Hamburger Heaven, a barbecue sandwich joint that put barbecue sauce on everything it served.
Charlie Eisen acquired the property in 1976 and converted it to Woofie's Hot Dogs. Ever since, Woofie's has been selling Vienna hot dogs and other bun sandwiches six days a week.
Former-owner Charles Eisen started the tradition of having celebrity patrons sign pictures to hang on the walls of Woofie's. Close examination of the autographs on the current pictures shows many were inscribed to Charlie. In 1998, Mr. Eisen passed away, and Woofie's was sold to Paul and JoAnn Fitzgerald, who lived just a couple doors away. Paul continued the tradition of acquiring and hanging celebrity patron autographs to adorn the walls. On more than one occasion, Paul reports mystery patron photographs have appeared on the walls having been somehow silently hung without owner knowledge until noticed some time later.
Paul operated Woofies for 18 years until May 2017, when he decided to retire from the restaurant business, but continues to assist in operations. He sold Woofie's to Craig Smith and his wife Mary O'Leary.
Woofie's celebrated its 40th Anniversary serving Chicago style hot dogs, as well as coney dogs, corn dogs, Polish and Italian sausage dogs, and hamburgers, in December 2016.
We look forward to many years of future operation!