Dog Haus Executes Franchise Agreement to Bring The Absolute Würst to Louisville and Southern Indiana

Dog Haus Executes Franchise Agreement to Bring The Absolute Würst to Louisville and Southern Indiana

Acclaimed gourmet hot dog, sausage and burger concept set to open five locations in the area

Dog Haus Executes Franchise Agreement to Bring The Absolute Würst to Louisville and Southern IndianaDog Haus is continuing its aggressive expansion efforts by bringing its one-of-a-kind creations to Southern Indiana and the Derby City area!

The acclaimed gourmet hot dog, sausage and burger concept announced today that it has signed an area development agreement with Franchisees Karen and Jon Riddle to open five Dog Haus locations throughout the greater Louisville and Southern Indiana areas! The expansion will begin in 2022 with one additional location being built each year for the next five years.

The new Dog Haus locations will be owned and operated by the husband-and-wife duo, who own Derby City Chicks, LLC in Floyds Knobs, Indiana and opened Chicken Salad Chick’s first Indiana restaurant in June 2020. The Riddles were first introduced to Dog Haus when the concept secured the No. 6 spot on Fast Casual’s 2021 Top 100 Movers and Shakers list.

“We are excited to have Karen and Jon join the Dog Haus family,” said Dog Haus Director of Franchise Development Erik Hartung. “Partnering with veteran franchisees that have experience with franchising in the local area is a huge advantage to our brand and allows us to reach our full potential throughout the community. While it may be a point of contention on which state loves their basketball team more, we know that everyone in the Kentucky and Indiana area will have the same level of obsession for Dog Haus!”

The new Dog Haus locations will serve the brand’s full menu including gourmet dogs, sausages, burgers, fried chicken creations and sides. Haus Dog creations feature signature all beef dogs with unique toppings served on grilled King’s Hawaiian rolls. Haus Burgers feature 100% genetically tested, humanely raised Black Angus beef using no hormones and no antibiotics in one-of-a-kind creations like The Hangover, with white American cheese, smoked bacon, Haus chili, fried egg and mayo, and the Holy Aioli, with white American cheese, smoked bacon, caramelized onions and garlic aioli.

Rounding out Dog Haus’ menu offerings will be craveable sandwiches, wings and strips using humanely raised, hormone and antibiotic-free chicken, including fried chicken sandwich creations like the Bad Mutha Clucka, a crispy fried or grilled chicken sandwich served with lettuce, pickles and miso ranch, and The Hot Chick, with Nashville style fried chicken breast, pickles, lettuce, secret sauce; served on King’s Hawaiian rolls.

The restaurants will also offer The Absolute Brands’ delivery-and-pickup-only concepts – Bad-Ass Breakfast Burritos, Bad Mutha CluckaBig Belly BurgersJAILBIRD and Plant B. The Absolute Brands is a restaurant group comprised of Dog Haus and multiple unique concepts, inspired by Dog Haus’ menu and served out of the brand’s existing locations and ghost kitchens.

Dog Haus is an award-winning concept known for its gourmet hot dogs, sausages, burgers and one Bad Mutha Clucka. Founded by longtime friends Hagop Giragossian, Quasim Riaz and André Vener, the first Dog Haus opened in Pasadena, California in 2010. 2020 also marked Dog Haus’ 10th anniversary and the brand is poised for aggressive expansion into concert venues and virtual kitchens across the country. Dog Haus was recently honored with Nation’s Restaurant News’ “Menu Trendsetter” award, as part of its prestigious MenuMasters, and continues to garner critical acclaim for its signature all beef dogs and hand-crafted sausages with no added nitrates, 100% Black Angus beef burgers, and a fried chicken sandwich – all of which are made with hormone- and antibiotic-free meat and served on grilled King’s Hawaiian rolls. With the brand’s mission to sustainably feed everyone who walks through their doors, Dog Haus also offers plant-based burger and sausage proteins. In addition to continuing to establish itself as a “haus”-hold name, Dog Haus has helped raise enough funds to provide over one million meals to kids in need through its national charity partner No Kid Hungry.

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