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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Hot Dog Haven Headed for T.O.

THOUSAND OAKS ACORN — Hot dog haven headed for T.O. — Dog Haus plans summer opening

The names of the hot dogs, sausages and burgers at Dog Haus, set to open in Thousand Oaks this summer, are as inventive as the recipes. The restaurant will welcome local diners at 50 E.Thousand Oaks Blvd.—the former site of Denny’s—starting in late August or early September, Dog Haus co-founder André Vener told the Acorn this week. The restaurant will have 28 indoor and 12 outdoor seats in 1,500 square feet.

Among the most popular items on the menu, Vener said, are the Sooo Cali hot dog, topped with arugula, tomato, crispy onions, spicy basil alioli and avocado; “The Fonz” hot Italian sausage with pastrami and melted mozzarella; and The Freiburger with white American cheese, fried egg, haus slaw, fries and mayonnaise. The food is served on grilled King’s Hawaiian rolls.

Customers may also choose from more than 40 savory, spicy, sweet and crunchy toppings. The uncommon options include Fritos, pickled jalapenos, cucumber kimchi relish and curry ketchup.

“We have an amazing chef who has put together creations that we feel like is the perfect bite, with different types of unique flavor,” Vener said. “Or you have the option of building your own and being a chef yourself.”

The restaurant offers all-beef skinless hot dogs and black angus beef ground fresh every day. Other offerings on the menu include sliders, sweet potato fries, Tater Tots and chili. For dessert, ice cream sandwiches and floats are offered.

“The quality of the food, the freshness of the food is really what’s going to make a difference,” Vener said. “You walk up, you order your sausage, we grab it from the deli case and throw it on the grill.”

With two Dog Haus restaurants in Pasadena—where the first one opened in 2010— another in Alhambra and the recent opening of the first franchise in Canoga Park, Vener and his partners Hagop Giragossian and Quasim Riaz plan to expand their business further.

About 60 stores are slated to open in California, Arizona, Coloradoand Utah.

“The original concept started in the Pasadena area,” Vener said “People were driving 50 miles, whether from the beach community or Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley or Moorpark. This is the kind of concept that should be in every city.”

The entrepreneurs say they’ve reached an untapped market with their $6 hot dog. “If I told you to name five hamburger places right now, you could name them,” Vener said.

“If I said name five hot dog places, (you could not). “For some reason there isn’t that out there yet. So we decided to go for it.

HOT-DIGGETY!—Hot dog fans will rejoice at the selection of creative toppings to be found at Dog Haus, which will open at the intersection of Moorpark Road and Thousand Oaks Boulevard—the former site of Denny’s—later this summer. It will be the third Dog Haus location. Courtesy of Dog Haus