About Us

Welcome to Retro Dogs, where every bite takes you on a journey down Route 66!

Our story is one of dreams, family, and an adventurous spirit that led us to create a place where delicious food and nostalgic charm come together.

Our Founders, Luis and Gisella, have always been passionate about two things: law and food. Originating from Ecuador, both have had distinguished careers as lawyers in Ecuador specializing in superior education. Luis holds a PhD in jurisprudence and a PhD in pedagogy, while Gisella has a master's degree in constitutional law. Despite their legal pursuits, they have always dreamed of owning a restaurant—a dream that began when they got married in 1998.

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Our family includes our two wonderful daughters, Samantha and Gisella. Samantha is set to graduate this summer of 2024 with a major in Health Science, and Gisella will be graduating this fall with a degree in Criminology and Psychology. Our family’s journey has always been one of shared dreams and constant support for each other’s ambitions.

In 2023, we set off on a vacation to San Francisco, which quickly turned into an unplanned road trip. Each day, we mapped our route from scratch, excited to explore the diverse landscapes and vibrant communities of the United States. This spontaneous adventure led us across the iconic Route 66, where we discovered charming diners and met incredible people who shared their stories and hospitality with us.

Our travels along Route 66 inspired us to bring a piece of that journey back home with us. We fell in love with the idea of recreating the cozy, welcoming atmosphere of the diners we visited. We decided that Tampa, Florida, our final stop on the trip, would be the perfect place to bring our dream to life.

We are the Retro Dogs Family!

After an extensive search, we found the ideal location in Krate. As residents of Wesley Chapel, we couldn’t have asked for a better community to start this new chapter.It was with the support of family, friends, and neighbors—those who we’ll always be thankful to and who hold a special place in our hearts—that we have been able to bring our dream to life. We are honored to open the doors of Retro Dogs and welcome everyone to enjoy a delicious hot dog while immersing themselves in the retro diner experience.

At Retro Dogs, we serve more than just food; we offer a taste of our journey, our memories, and our passion. Every detail, from the vintage décor to the carefully crafted menu, is designed to transport you back to the golden age of Route 66 diners.

Thank you for being a part of our story. We invite you to join us at Retro Dogs, where you can savor the flavors of our adventure and become a cherished member of our extended family.

Retro Dogs Family Tampa, Florida

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5 Stars Google Reviews

Retro Dogs
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Becklan LeMastersBecklan LeMasters
19:26 19 Jun 24
Hannah LeMastersHannah LeMasters
19:25 19 Jun 24
Absolutely delicious 😋. Friendly folks!!
Douglas BaldwinDouglas Baldwin
21:31 18 Jun 24
I think the key here is to get the right hot dog. They have many options, I think mostly around the $10 range. Some choices will be worth more than others. The NY hot dog (I think that is what I got) was good, but next time, I might get the slightly more pricey giant hot dog where I can put any topping I want on it. That sounds really good!
Jody RaceJody Race
16:50 18 Jun 24
A great pit stop off I-75!
Lucas ALucas A
17:01 16 Jun 24
The food was amazing and the staff was very kind and caring. I felt very welcome and the food only took 5 minutes.
Petronio CoronelPetronio Coronel
00:35 15 Jun 24
Nice experience, it's like having returned to New York, to the 80s and 90s, everything was excellent, thank you very much
Adriana SurrattAdriana Surratt
20:16 14 Jun 24
Was very nice when walking in answered all questions we had. Food was amazing definitely a 10/10 spot to go to
Guillermo TroncozoGuillermo Troncozo
02:24 14 Jun 24
Such a fun place! Incredible food and amazing people, I had a great time
Paul Troncozo MontesPaul Troncozo Montes
13:26 12 Jun 24
Outstanding place with an amazing and vibrant environment! The owners are super nice and charming. 100% recommended if you want to eat the best dogs in town!

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