From left to right ndash Quasim Riaz Hagop Giragossian Andreacute Vener

(From left to right) – Quasim Riaz, Hagop Giragossian, André Vener)

Dog Haus turns to franchising for growth

Founding partner Hagop Giragossian discusses the fast-casual concept’s expansion plans

When friends, restaurateurs and hot dog enthusiasts Hagop Giragossian, Quasim Riaz and André Vener were looking for a new venture during the economic downturn in 2010, an updated spin on the classic, affordable hot dog stand seemed like a perfect idea.

But instead of traditional franks topped with mustard, the Pasadena, Calif.-based partners opened Dog Haus, a gourmet hot dog concept featuring homemade sausages, burgers and dogs topped with everything from kimchi to tater tots.

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