Dog Haus, an LA-based chain that slings gourmet sausages and fries and batters any selection into a corn dog, has revealed the location of its first Chicago location. A liquor application filed with the city shows the restaurant is planned for Lincoln Park at 2464-66 N. Lincoln Ave. That’s the former home of another import, as New Jersey-based New York Wing Factory closed in April 2016.
The space is under construction, and a Dog Haus spokeswoman wouldn’t share an opening timeline. She only wrote that they should open by the end of 2017. Back in May, the company said they planned on opening five in the Chicago area. The spokeswoman didn’t say if that was still the case.
The menu offers several regional takes on hot dogs and the toppings bring global inspiration. There’s plenty of Asian flavors with kimchi from Korea, a Chinese-American kung pao sausage that’s fused with Cajun seasonings, and a spicy Thai currywurst. “The Pig Lebowksi” could cater to Chicago’s Polish community with a Polish sausage. The menu doesn’t offer a Chicago-style option. Henry Winkler, star of the 1960s TV show, Happy Days, gets some love from a sausage named after his character. Eater LA called “The Fonz” a best seller that comes topped with melted cheese and pastrami.
Will Dog Haus find success in Chicago where hot dogs are kind of a big deal? Expect more updates in the coming months.