In photos: Roller girls, big vibes and hotdogs at iconic Valley joint

Morgan and Kelly Walsh and Adrianna Gaxiola roller skate in Winnetka
Cupid’s Hot Dogs owners Morgan and Kelly Walsh and employee Adrianna Gaxiola roller skate at the Winnetka location, which offers carhop service on Thursdays.
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Cupid's Hot Dogs

Carhop service
When: Every Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m.

Where: 20030 Vanowen St., Winnetka

Monthly car show
When: Last Saturday of every month

Adrianna Gaxioal holds up a Cupid's Chicago Dog
Cupid’s Hot Dogs employee Adrianna Gaxioal shows off the Chicago dog.
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When I first arrived at the Cupid’s Hot Dogs event I wasn’t sure what to expect, me being a car-show-and-cruise-night newbie and all. I soon found myself immersed in conversations that had less to do with the actual cars and more to do with community. Many of the car clubs are avid supporters of local schools and causes and often help to raise money and give back to the communities in which they live.

Cupid’s cruise night and car show brings out first timers like Justin Collins, whose 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass has her own instagram, @72oldslady, as well as those like Brenda Escandon who has been to the festivities at Cupid’s before and whose 1968 Chevy Camaro sports a license plate that reflects her colorful spark, “PURPLEB.” Or the decades-long partnership of Jeanie and Tony Pinto, whose love of classic cars and each other is far-reaching and I gotta say, two of the sweetest humans you’ll ever meet. Many swing by, hang out, laugh, grab a bite, and then it’s on to the next cruise somewhere else in town.

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The range of cars that show up for cruise night are as diverse as the people who drive them and are a wonderful reflection of the amazing community that makes Los Angeles such a badass place to live.

And with community in mind, let’s not forget the amazing duo who make this all possible: sisters and slayers Kelly and Morgan of Cupid’s Hot dogs. (@cupids_hotdogs) You will find them, along with Adrianna Gaxiola, roller skating into your hearts and lives during Cupid’s carhop service every Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. at their Winnetka location.

Cupid's Hot Dogs employee Adrianna Gaxiola and owners Morgan and Kelly Walsh.
Cupid’s Hot Dogs’ Adrianna Gaxiola, left, and owners-sisters Morgan and Kelly Walsh dig in.
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Morgan and Kelly Walsh on roller skates
Sisters Morgan left, and Kelly Walsh are the owners of Valley institution Cupid’s Hot Dogs.
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Morgan Walsh hands a customer a hot dog
Morgan Walsh, co-owner of Cupid’s Hot Dogs, delivers an order during the Thursday afternoon carhop service.
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Morgan Walsh and Adrianna Gaxiola pose in front of classic cars
Cupid’s Hot Dogs’ Adrianna Gaxiola, left, and Morgan Walsh take in the monthly Cruise Night at the Winnetka location April 24.
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Gilbert “Puke” Gonzales and Jose Gomez pose with their classic cars
Cabrones Car Club founder Gilbert “Puke” Gonzales, left, with his 1964 Pontiac Catalina, and member Jose Gomez and his 1969 Cadillac De Ville hang out during Cruise Night at Cupid’s Hot Dogs on April 24.
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Victor Martinez poses in front of a 1967 Chevrolet Impala.
Victor Martinez shows off his father’s 1967 Chevrolet Impala SS during the monthly cruise night held in the parking lot of Cupid’s Hot Dogs’ Winnetka location.
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Joe Arevalo poses with his 1991 Lincoln Town Car
Joe Arevalo, president of the StreetWise SFV chapter, showcases his 1991 Lincoln Town Car during cruise night at Cupid’s Hot Dogs. The car was originally his late father’s and Arevalo’s customization includes his father’s portrait alongside his mother and two sons.
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The custom gold-plated steering wheel inside Joe Arevalo's 1991 Lincoln Town Car.
Joe Arevalo’s 1991 Lincoln Town Car features a custom gold-plated steering wheel.
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People pose at the monthly Cupid's Hot Dogs Cruise Night
Cupid’s Hot Dogs co-owner Morgan Walsh, center, alongside some of the car club members and solo riders during the monthly Cruise Night held the last Saturday of every month at the Winnetka location.
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A 1957 Chevy Bel Air
Vartan Knadjian’s 1957 Chevy Bel Air.
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Lola the dog sits in the front seat of a 1972 Chevy El Camino.
Let’s cruise: Lola is ready to go in the front seat of a 1972 Chevy El Camino.
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Solo rider Justin Collins stands alongside his 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass
Solo rider Justin Collins takes his 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass to Cruise Night at Cupid’s Hot Dogs.
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Cynthia Hernandez in front of her 1965 Dodge Dart GT convertible
Cynthia Hernandez of the CPW club with her 1965 Dodge Dart GT convertible at Cruise Night.
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Jeanie and Tony Pinto pose next to their 1957 Chevy Bel Air
What a partnership! Jeanie and Tony Pinto, along with their 1957 Chevy Bel Air, during Cruise Night at Cupid’s Hot Dogs.
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Daniel Seeder stands alongside his 1955 Chevy Bel Air
Santa Clarita resident Daniel Seeder and his 1955 Chevy Bel Air, which was a three-year build, during Cruise Night at Cupid’s Hot Dogs.
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A 1955 Chevy Bel Air
Say ahh! For three years running, Cupid’s Hot Dogs in Winnetka has hosted a Cruise Night on the last Saturday of every month, bringing together a myriad of car clubs and solo riders from Los Angeles and beyond. Shown is a 1955 Chevy Bel Air owned by Santa Clarita resident Daniel Seeder.
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Samantha Mary De la Cruz sits in the back of a parked truck
Samantha Mary De la Cruz, 3, takes in the sights at Cruise Night from the back of her mother Caroline’s 1949 Chevy 3100 on April 24.
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