Although the last Doggie Diner closed in 1986, the chain's mascot has lived on.
In addition to the one head sitting atop a pole at the site of the last Doggie Diner on 46th Avenue at Sloat, the other three traveling landmarks -- which have been road tripping across the U.S. and acting as canvases for crocheted yarn -- are now in need of a few repairs. And these pups sure aren't cheap.
According to the Doggie Diner Kickstarter page, these 300-pound, 10-foot-tall heads need some intricate repairs to their fiberglass and corroded metal interiors; and the price tag for such a feat? $48,000. Those who donate $9 or more will earn some Doggie Diner swag. But for those who really want to see the gigantic heads restored, and donate upwards of $10,000, they get a trip to Paris! This vacation (limited to two $10k donors) includes airfare, a two-night stay, and an insider tour of the City of Lights by John Law. Law, a local artist and co-founder of Burning Man, is in charge of the fundraising efforts, and is also the owner of the giant heads: Manny, Moe, and Jack.
So if you want that trip, you better get on it, the campaign officially launched today, and the fundraising page is open until Feb. 8. Hopefully the dogs will be on the road to repairs by then.