An L.A.-area hot dog chain plans on trying to crack Chicago's encased sausage market. Dog Haus plans to open five new locations, with the first arriving by the end of the year. Dog Haus will join gourmet hot dog vendors such as Chicago's Dog House, Hot "G" Dog, Haute Sausage and Franks 'N' Dawgs.
Their tagline is "the absolute wurst," and while they haven't shared the locations' addresses, Dog Haus said they'll first open in Lincoln Park in late 2016 and spread to Lakeview, Wicker Park, West Loop and River North. They haven't signed leases yet.
Dog Haus was founded in 2010 and began franchising three years later with 18 fast-casual restaurants currently in operation. Their sausages sit in their signature split Hawaiian roll bun. Their lineup includes The Fonz, a spicy Italian sausage topped with pastrami and mozzarella. They also serves corn dog, and will "corn dog-ize" any of their sausages. They also offer veggie dogs and burgers. The folks at Eater L.A. tried their whole menu and offer tasting notes over there.
Folks can build their own sausage sandwich, even with ketchup. Customization is something that even the esteemed Hot Doug's frowned upon. Overall, the folks at Dog Haus seem to hold Chicago in high esteem when it comes to sausages. There's no Chicago dog on the menu. That would be a difficult proposition.
Crain's first reported the news.