Longtime Tampa institution, Mel's Hot Dogs, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this week.
Originally opened as Mel's Hot Dog Ranch (later to become Mel's Hot Dogs) on July 3, 1973, the restaurant has been a favorite of locals for the past 40 years.
On Wednesday, July 3 and Thursday, July 4 customers will receive a free "weinerful" hot dog-themed cupcake provided by Cupcake Cache.
The restaurant is open 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Mel's Hot Dogs is located at 4136 E. Busch Blvd., Tampa.
For more information, visit http://www.melshotdogs.com%20
Subscribe to The Tampa Tribune