By Andy Tarnoff Publisher Published Jul 09, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Milwaukee’s homegrown sausage chain, The Dogg Haus, has reached an area development agreement with Minneapolis-based Freestyle Enterprises, LLC, to expand into the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area.

According to owner Mazen Muna, Freestyle will be opening five Dogg Haus locations in the Twin Cities over the next five years. The first Dogg Haus slated for the Twin Cities metro will be opening in downtown Hudson, Wis., on the Minnesota border, in early August.

The Hudson Dogg Haus will be incorporated as a pilot into one of Freestyle’s existing frozen yogurt stores. Stand-alone Dogg Haus locations are in the works for Minneapolis and Roseville, Minn., too.

Just as Mazen Muna built The Dogg Haus from the ground up, Dave Brandner, a 1997 graduate of Marquette University, conceived of and founded Freestyle.

"I have a ton of respect and admiration for what Mazen has built, having traveled a similar path in life starting a business from square one," Brandner said in a release. "I am extremely excited to help grow Mazen’s concept outside of Milwaukee. Mazen’s track record of success, excellence, and quality speaks for itself, and it is one I look forward to replicating in the Twin Cities."

Muna says other states are in the works.

Andy is the president, publisher and founder of OnMilwaukee. He returned to Milwaukee in 1996 after living on the East Coast for nine years, where he wrote for The Dallas Morning News Washington Bureau and worked in the White House Office of Communications. He was also Associate Editor of The GW Hatchet, his college newspaper at The George Washington University.

Before launching in 1998 at age 23, he worked in public relations for two Milwaukee firms, most of the time daydreaming about starting his own publication.

Hobbies include running when he finds the time, fixing the rust on his '75 MGB, mowing the lawn at his cottage in the Northwoods, and making an annual pilgrimage to Phoenix for Brewers Spring Training.