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Gourmet hot dog franchise targets Pennsylvania as one of 14 growth markets

California-based restaurant chain Dog Haus has announced a development agreement that will add more than 300 franchise locations in 12 states over the next seven years, including in Pennsylvania. Pictured is the franchise's biergarten concept. - (Photo / Submitted)

Is Central Pennsylvania ready for another fast-growing, fast-casual restaurant franchise that puts a twist on some of America’s favorite foods?

California-based Dog Haus, a restaurant chain featuring gourmet hot dogs, sausages and burgers, just announced a development agreement that will add more than 300 franchise locations in 12 states over the next seven years, including in Pennsylvania.

While no specific locations have been confirmed in the commonwealth, company officials said the expectation is to have around “two each” in the Harrisburg and Lancaster areas, plus one each in Lebanon and York counties.

“The timing will depend primarily on availability of real estate,” said Erik Hartung, director of franchise development for Dog Haus.

The chain currently has 21 stores in five states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada and Utah. Dog Haus expects to be in 19 states and more than 450 locations, through both this latest deal, with American Development Partners, and previous franchise sales.

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The new locations are slated to be constructed on land primarily purchased for build-to-suit and standalone Dog Haus biergarten concepts.

Dog Haus is also known for shakes and soft-serve ice cream, and a beer program that highlights local brews. The first Dog Haus opened in Pasadena, Calif., in 2010.

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