Long-Awaited D-Dogs Restaurant Opens in Downtown Riverside

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Remodeling an 11,000 square foot 125 year-old-building that was a carriage-house-turned-pawn-shop is no easy task. Yet, answering the community’s cry for more places to eat, drink and gather, Riversiders Darryl Hurt and Laurie Brower met that challenge with a vision and a lot of perseverance.

Located at 3557 University Avenue (between Lemon and Orange Streets), D-Dogs describes itself as a fast-casual All American Cuisine restaurant and is hesitant to say that it is “just” a sports bar despite the 13 flat-screens.

Co-owner Darryl Hurt serving local restaurant and brewery colleagues during a soft opening earlier this month. Pictured L-to-R: Lonny Huff, Salted Pig; Darryl Hurt, D-Dogs; Ronaldo Fierro, Salted Pig; Herbie Homebrew, Wicks Brewing; Martin Medina, Bootleggers Brewery; and Shaina Williams, Bootleggers Brewery

D-Dog’s combines the feel of Old Riverside with a rustic industrial charm that includes historical depictions as part of its decor, with an expansive beer and wine bar, while embracing a contemporary blend of fast and friendly service,” explained Julie de Korne, longtime Riverside restaurateur

D-Dogs has already strummed up a fan base in the short time that they have been open. Popular Southern California blogging/review site, BeerQwest, had the following to say:

“This place is really going to be something. For being their very first day, the staff both at the bar and in the kitchen seemed to have good working chemistry and I didn’t notice any errors or blunders. The food is already on point, and their beer buyer has good taste in beer. If in the area, or even if your aren’t, I would definitely check this place out.”

The menu will feature build-your-own specialty hot dogs and hamburgers, as well as hot wings, salads and some killer appetizers. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to midnight seven days a week. For more information, check out D-Dogs on Facebook.