The “World’s Largest Hot Dog Chain” plans to build 20 Wienerschnitzel restaurants throughout Arkansas over the next 12 years, beginning with three stores in Northwest Arkansas to jump start the development schedule with Tejas Dogs LLC.
“With personal roots in Arkansas paired with our extensive business experience, we found the perfect match with Wienerschnitzel and their unique franchise model,” Brian Shinall, business manager for Tejas Dogs, says in a press release. “As we examined many QSR diversification opportunities for our business portfolio, Wienerschnitzel captured our attention with its recipe for success spanning six decades, including low food costs, simple operations, strong corporate support and the entirely underserved markets in Arkansas; and let’s not forget America’s love of hot dogs.”
Founded in 1961 by John Galardi in Southern California, Wienerschnitzel has since grown to serve more than 120 million hot dogs per year. The restaurant is known for its unique brand of chili-covered fries, hot dogs and burgers, as well as its offering of Tastee Freez soft-serve treats.
“We’re confident the team at Tejas Dogs will successfully lead Wienerschnitzel into Arkansas with unrelenting drive, market expertise and vision,” says Ted Milburn, director of franchise development for Wienerschnitzel. “Wienerschnitzel is at the top of a very special segment that has withstood the test of time and is only getting better with age. As we continue to experience unparalleled growth and expand our franchise family, there has never been a better time to partner with Wienerschnitzel.”
California-based Galardi Group Inc. franchises 330 Wienerschnitzel restaurants in 10 states, including Louisiana, and is the parent company and franchisor of Hamburger Stand and Tastee Freez.
A version of this story was originally published by Arkansas Money & Politics.