FAST CASUAL — Dog Haus goes big in Texas with 20-unit deal
Dog Haus is continuing its expansion beyond its hometown of Pasadena, California, with the announcement of a 20-unit franchise deal for Texas, according to a company press release.
The deal with local franchisee Ron Ryan, a veteran restauranteur and former VP of operations of 49 Maggiano’s Little Italy units, raises the total number of planned franchised Dog Haus locations to more than 100 in six states.
"Beyond Ron's extensive experience growing some of the nation's best brands, his passion for what we are doing at Dog Haus was apparent from our first meeting," said Dog Haus Partner Hagop Giragossian, who co-founded the concept with friends and fellow partners André Vener and Quasim Riaz in 2010. "He wanted to learn everything, meet everyone, and took the time to understand, who we are on a core level, so he can not only recreate the energy behind Dog Haus in the Texas market, but grow it in a way that makes sense for that community."
The first franchise restaurant opened in June, 2014, signaling the brand's growth from two company-owned restaurants in Pasadena, California, with a current total of nine restaurants throughout Southern California and, most recently Centennial, Colorado.
Based on current construction timelines, the brand will open 11 additional franchise locations before the end of 2015, raising the total to 20.
"As excited as we are about our growth, in truth the number of franchises we sell is important only if the quality of the experience is maintained," said Riaz. "We started Dog Haus because we wanted to offer guests something better than what previously existed in the category. We've been successful in that regard and plan to continue building upon that commitment as we grow."