Business Profile: Dog Haus
Emily G. Peters
They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but Pasadena’s Dog Haus has spent the last six years putting a scrumptious spin on a perennial foodie favorite: the not-so-humble hot dog.
Founded in Pasadena in 2010 by friends Hagop Giragossian, Quasim Riaz and André Vener, Dog Haus’s popularity quickly spread to greater Los Angeles and beyond. Picking up a slew of awards along the way, its gourmet-yet-casual dining concept elevated dogs, sausages and burgers to a new level with inventive and delicious flavor combinations. The Dog Haus menu also honors fellow hometown purveyors with a craft beer program spotlighting local brews and sweet treats from Alhambra-based Fosselman’s Ice Cream Co.
The brains behind the buns are a force to be reckoned with, as the Haus founders share a long history of involvement in Pasadena. Before Dog Haus, Vener founded and owned the well-known redwhite+bluezz jazz club, Point08 Mixology Bar and Pasadena Entertainment, all while serving as the CEO of the California Philharmonic for 10 years. Former NeoMeze restaurant owners Hagop Giragossian and Quasim Riaz brought the buzz to coffee addicts in the area with their Boar Java coffee truck, and still own Kings Row Gastropub today. This collective culinary expertise helped inform the communal ambiance that has been so well-received at the two Dog Haus locations in Pasadena.