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An Iconic Hot Dog Franchise

Start Your Own Hot Dog on a Stick™ Franchise

An American Icon since 1946, Hot Dog on a Stick™ began as the entrepreneurial dream of Dave Barham. What began as a small beachfront store in Santa Monica has grown to over 75 locations and hot dog franchises in the United States, as well as locations in Korea! And that beachfront store in Santa Monica is STILL serving our famous food and lemonade to beachgoers today!

Hot Dog on a Stick™ has stayed true to its roots by still serving our original lemonade and hot dogs on a stick, and has grown to include cheese on a stick, French fries, funnel cake sticks, and even Nathan’s Famous beef hot dogs! Today’s menu still offers our original delicious products—which we still make fresh each day—to serve our hungry, loyal customers.

Starting a business with Hot Dog on a Stick™ allows you to take advantage of our unique position in the fast food industry. How do we stand out from our competitors? Where to begin? Our delicious hot dogs, fresh lemonade, quirky uniforms, and fun-loving atmosphere set us apart as the hot dog franchise that goes all in.

We focus on quality products and quality practices. Just like there is no substitute for a delicious Hot Dog on a Stick™, coated in mom's famous cornbread, there is no substitute for our professional and experienced franchise system. We provide all the training and resources a franchisee needs to open and operate an American hot dog franchise.

Check out this video showing a day in the life of a Hotdog on a Stick franchise!

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The HDOS Difference

The appeal of Hot Dog on a Stick™ is obvious: we all grew up eating these delicious treats on trips to the beach or the mall, and the hand-stomped lemonade tastes just like summer, even if you drink it in the middle of a snowstorm. Our world-famous Party Batter recipe is the same one we have been using since we opened our first store in 1946, because if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! Not only is our fast food brand quick and convenient, but our ingredients and recipes create the high-quality food that the rest of the fast food industry is missing.

Choose Your Territory

All across the nation, people are waiting for Hot Dog on a Stick™ to open up and bring them the joy of a delicious Hot Dog on a Stick™ and a fresh, hand-stomped lemonade. Many people ask if they can purchase a predefined territory and the short answer is yes! Qualifying franchisees have their pick of territories all across the United States, and even internationally.

Opportunities abound in malls, shopping centers, airports, convenience stores, and virtually any location you can think of! Hot Dog on a Stick™ is a great fit nearly anywhere. Here is a list of some of the criteria we look for in a fast food franchise location:

  • Minimum population of 60,000 within ten miles
  • Minimum median household income of $40,000
  • Square footage ranging from 600 and 1,200 square feet of space. A typical modular, prefabricated non-traditional store will use between 400 and 800 square feet of space.
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HDOS Lemonade trio

An American Staple: The Hot Dog Industry

Hot dogs are a staple of American cuisine. Don’t believe us? According to research by the National Hot Dog and Sausage Research Council*, Americans eat 20 billion hot dogs each year. That’s 70 hot dogs per person, every year!

Needless to say, people love hot dogs. They are delicious, easy to eat, and offer a flavor unlike any other. In the fast food industry at large, consumer tastes are broadening, which is giving unique opportunities to restaurants that do not fit the hamburger-and-French-fries mold.

* http://www.hot-dog.org/culture/hot-dog-fast-facts


When you invest in a Hot Dog on a Stick™ franchise, you are investing in more than delicious hot dogs and hand-stomped lemonade. You are investing in your career and your community, which is why this business opportunity is a great way to get started as a business owner.

Let us break down some of the financials for your hot dog franchise:

  • Non-Traditional Franchise fee= $15,000/year
  • Traditional Franchise fee= $25,000/year
  • Liquidity minimum= $100,000 per unit
  • Net worth minimum= $250,000 per unit
  • Total investment range= $349,200 to $582,000
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Franchisee Training and Support

Training and Support

We work hard to make franchising easy and fun for our owners. Hot Dog on a Stick™ franchisees get a sense of satisfaction from working toward their own goals in their own business, while being part of a larger brand. When you start a Hot Dog on a Stick™ franchise, you will receive outstanding training to help you get started on the right path.

Our franchise owners love that they can count on our corporate representatives to help them learn the business. Even better, when you join the Hot Dog on a Stick™ franchise family, you will become part of our network of franchise owners, on whom you can call when you have questions. This huge network of corporate agents and franchise owners can help you with any of the following:

  • Management
  • Bookkeeping
  • Marketing
  • Training and operations
  • Financing
  • Much more!

Does this sound like a franchise opportunity you can sink your teeth into? Are you ready to take the leap and start your very own hot dog franchise?

Learn more about our opportunity by downloading our franchise report or contacting us directly. We look forward to working with you!