Dat Dog, a New Orleans-based hot dog restaurant, has plans to open as many as 25 locations in the Houston area, the company announced Monday. Known for its diverse array of sausages — everything from a range of traditional pork and beef options to more exotic fare like alligator, crawfish, and duck and even vegan options — and a wealth of toppings — classics like mustard, relish, and onions as well as crawfish etoufee, blackberry sauce, and sriracha mayo — Dat Dog signed a franchise agreement with B&G Food Enterprises, LLC to bring the restaurant to Houston.
Founded in 2011 by former federal prosecutor Constantine Georges and restaurateur Skip Murray, Dat Dog has grown to four locations in New Orleans. In addition to its hot dogs, the restaurant is known for its laid back vibe, which it demonstrates by dressing employees in Hawaiian shirts. The company also regularly hosts fundraisers, with a focus on animal welfare, at-risk youth, and education.
National acclaim has followed. Publications like The New York Times and USA Today have touted the restaurant's family-friendly atmosphere and creative combinations as some of the best hot dogs in America.
B&G Food Enterprises operates over 100 Yum Brands franchises in Texas and Louisiana (Taco Bell, KFC, etc). CEO Greg Hamer, Sr. said in a statement that after sampling most of Dat Dog's menu, he decided to bring it to Houston. The company is currently scouting for the first location.
"We couldn’t be more excited to be opening in Texas,” said Bill DiPaola, president and COO of Dat Dog Enterprises. “I know Houstonians will love our quirky, Hawaiian-shirt wearing culture— along with our crazy delicious dogs.”
Dat Dog isn't the only New Orleans-based restaurant with its eyes on Texas. Celebrity chef John Besh will open Eunice, a variation on his popular Lüke seafood restaurant, in the Greenway Plaza area later this year. Recently, Doris Metropolitan, an Israeli-inspired steakhouse with locations in New Orleans and Costa Rica, announced it will open a Houston location in the River Oaks space recently vacated by Triniti.