Snoopy’s has sold its last hot dog on Hillsborough Street near Glenwood after 30 years

Drew Jackson
·2 min read

Squeezed by development and the financial pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hillsborough Street Snoopy’s Hot Dogs near Glenwood Avenue has closed.

The owners announced on Facebook that the Snoopy’s location at 600 Hillsborough Street in Raleigh sold its last hotdog Sunday.

“The COVID-19 pandemic brought about changes in everyone’s habits and activities, and it also affected the operations of many businesses all around, including ours,” the Snoopy’s owners said in a statement. “Over the last few years, we have been approached by developers to sell our little corner, and now, we finally have. We cherish the memories of Christmas parades and other fun times but feel that it is time for a change and to maybe focus our attention in other areas.”

While not the first Snoopy’s to open in Raleigh, the 600 Hillsborough Street location was one of the most recognizable, becoming a lunchtime and late-night fixture and thriving as an Eastern North Carolina roadside hot dog stand in the middle of the capital city. This is the Snoopy’s location closest to downtown, standing near another beloved Raleigh institution, Char-Grill.

Snoopy’s opened in Raleigh in 1978 and later added the Hillsborough Street location in 1990. Three other Snoopy’s locations remain open, including the original at the corner of Wake Forest and Whitaker Mill roads, another location farther west on Hillsborough Street near Meredith College and in North Raleigh on Spring Forest Road.

The Snoopy’s Hot Dogs and More location on Hillsborough Street is closing permanently.
The Snoopy’s Hot Dogs and More location on Hillsborough Street is closing permanently.

Situated near downtown, the 600 Hillsborough Street Snoopy’s was popular with workers in the city and nearby N.C. State University students. In recent years, a wave of downtown redevelopment remade the blocks surrounding Snoopy’s, adding condos and apartments and increased the value of its block.

The owners said that development pressure and the difficulty of often operating a restaurant in the middle of a construction zone influenced the decision to sell and close the Hillsborough Street Snoopy’s.

“As much as we would like to continue to be the little hot dog place on the corner, the continuing construction and the dynamic changes in downtown Raleigh were a big factor in our decision,” Snoopy’s said in a statement on Facebook. “Routinely, the power or other utilities are disrupted, roads are detoured or blocked, equipment has blocked access, and our employees find nowhere to park. Changes come and we have to accept that and look to new horizons.”