By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Jan 03, 2023 at 11:02 AM

California-based Dog Haus has officially opened its first Wisconsin location this weekend in Franklin.

The acclaimed craft-casual concept, which specializes in signature all beef dogs, hand-crafted sausages and burgers, will officially celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, Jan. 7 and Sunday, Jan. 8 at 7055 S. Ballpark Dr. next to the newly-opened Luxe Golf Bays, at Ballpark Commons.

During the grand openining, Dog Haus will be donating 20% of all food and beverage sales to Return on Community (ROC) Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing support and unique experiences for youth, high school and young adults in sports, recreation, education, employment and wellness in partnership with the Milwaukee Wave and Milwaukee Milkmen. 

“We’re excited for Dog Haus to partner with the ROC Foundation and support all the good it’s doing across Milwaukee,” said Dog Haus Franchisee and ROC Ventures Owner Mike Zimmerman. “Our whole organization is invested in its mission of preparing kids for success in sports, their careers and life in general by providing a strong foundation and sense of community.”

Dog Haus features a menu of hot dogs, sausages, fried chicken sandwiches and 100% Black Angus beef burgers, served on grilled King’s Hawaiian rolls.  In addition, they offer a diverse line-up of plant-based burgers, sausage and chicken creations, a laundry list of sides and snacks, plus soft serve ice cream, shakes and floaters.

The brand, which is known for its mission to sustainably feed everyone who walks through their doors, has also assisted in feeding over two million kids in need through national charitable partner, No Kid Hungry.

“We’re excited to expand into the great state of Wisconsin at such a cool location that offers a great range of entertainment options, in the same way that our menu contains something for everyone,” said Quasim Riaz, who founded Dog Haus in 2010 with partners Hagop Giragossian and André Vener.

In conjunction with the grand opening, guests will also have the chance to score big from Jan. 9 to Feb. 8 through Dog Haus’ special text-to-win giveaway. Fans can enter by texting ‘Win BPC’ to (833) 440-1110 or by scanning a QR code at the Dog Haus location to submit their entry. Fifty lucky winners will claim one FREE Haus Dog a month until Feb. of 2024. Plus, everyone who enters will receive a burger and beer for just $9.99 through Jan. 7, 2023.

“We’re looking forward to celebrating with everyone in Franklin during our grand opening,” said Franchisee Jim Pekar. “We have so many exciting ways for the community to try our delicious Haus Dogs, Sausages and Burgers. They will quickly see that there is something for everyone on our menu, and at Dog Haus Biergarten Ballpark Commons, everyone is family.”

Dog Haus's operating hours are Sunday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.