Three Pasadena restaurateurs are betting that entrepreneurs across the country want to snag a bite of their gourmet hot dog concept, Dog Haus.
Hagop Giragossian, Quasim Riaz and Andre Vener announced plans last week to turn their offbeat wiener chain into a national franchise.
The trio is prepared to begin selling the concept to interested franchisees in 36 states and will offer franchises in the remaining 14 states once registration requirements are met.
Riaz, who with Giragossian also co-owns King’s Row Gastropub in Old Pasadena, said the first franchises are most likely to open in Colorado and Utah, where potential investors have already expressed interest.
“We’re talking to someone in Denver and we just got a signed franchise disclosure document from them,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of interest.”
Buy-in and franchise fees will vary, depending on square footage and location build-out, but are estimated between $240,000 and $385,000.
The partners said Dog Haus puts an emphasis on quality food, grinding the meat for its all-beef skinless hot dogs in-house, then nestling the links in grilled Hawaiian rolls rather than traditional buns. Diners can choose from 10 prepared topping combinations or create their own. The restaurants also offer sausages and burgers, with sides that include Tater Tots, chili and coleslaw.
Giragossian, Riaz and Vener opened their first Dog Haus on Hill Street in Pasadena in October 2010. Within 18 months, the concept had grown to three locations in the San Gabriel Valley and garnered various accolades from media, including being named to CNN’s list of top five hot dog restaurants.
Riaz said the original intent for Dog Haus was not to franchise, but to grow the concept with his partners. But they decided to sit down with a franchise consultant after feedback from customers helped them realize the growing appeal of their fledgling brand.
“We would walk around Pasadena and even Burbank with a Dog Haus T-shirt on and someone would say, ‘Oh, I love that place,’” he said. “After sitting down with a consultant and understanding franchising, we all walked out and knew this is what we wanted to do.”
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