NATION's RESTAURANT NEWS — Breakout Brands 2014: The Next Restaurants to watch — by Lisa Jennings, West Coast bureau chief
NRN editors choose concepts poised to become the next Breakout Brands: 10 hot, emerging restaurant concepts generating excitement in the industry — The hunt for “the next big thing” is never-ending in the restaurant business, and the editors of Nation’s Restaurant News are always on the lookout for cutting-edge brands that capitalize on consumers' changing tastes. The Breakout Brands 2014 special report showcases 10 such concepts, but below are more restaurant brands that NRN editors are watching.
Dog Haus, Pasadena, Calif. — Move over Pink’s. This is a hot dog concept founded in 2010 and known less for the actual dogs or sausages and more for the outrageous toppings, like smoked bacon, fried egg and tater tots (the “Grand Slam”), or cucumber kimchi relish, cilantro aioli and salty peanuts on the spicy Thai red currywurst (“One Night in Bangkok”). Founded by partners Hagop Giragossian, Quasim Riaz and André Vener, Dog Haus has three units open and a franchising plan that has 11 franchisees signed on to open 51 more.