Dog Haus, the celebrated craft casual concept known for its gourmet hot dogs, sausages, burgers and one-of-a-kind creations, will open its next franchise location in Rockford, Illinois, on December 16. Located at 7616 Walton Street, this will be franchisee Goalz Restaurant Group’s first location with the brand, which was founded in 2010 by Partners Hagop Giragossian, Quasim Riaz, and André Vener to recapture the nostalgic childhood experience of eating a hot dog. To commemorate its arrival in the Rockford area, Goalz Restaurant Group will invite locals to swing by for a free Haus Dog on Saturday, December 16. Additionally, Goalz is partnering with the Rock River Valley Pantry by collecting non-perishable food items at the restaurant during the holiday season, and will host fundraisers for the Rockford Rescue Mission.
“We are thrilled to finally be opening Dog Haus in Rockford, and we can’t wait to share the excitement with residents during our Free Haus Dog Day on December 16,” says David Clark, vice president of operations for Goalz Restaurant Group. “We know that Rockford residents will love Dog Haus because of our top quality delicious tasting food and our passion for giving back to the local community.”
As part of its introduction to the community and its surroundings, guests can stop by from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday, December 16 to enjoy a free Haus Dog from a selection of Dog Haus’ seven signature hot dog creations featuring signature all beef, hormone- and antibiotic-free dogs with no added nitrates, served up on grilled King’s Hawaiian rolls. Options include fan favorites like Sooo Cali, with wild arugula, avocado, tomato, spicy basil aioli and crispy onions; Downtown Dog, featuring a smoked bacon wrapped dog topped with caramelized onions, pickled peppers, mayo, mustard and ketchup; and Chili Idol an all beef dog topped with haus chili, cheddar cheese sauce and onions.
In addition to Haus Dogs, Dog Haus' full menu includes gourmet sausages, burgers, corn dogs, a fried chicken sandwich, sides, beer, cocktails and shakes. Sausage favorites include The Fonz,which partners a spicy Italian sausage with pastrami and cheddar cheese sauce; and Das Brat, which features a bratwurst topped with caramelized onions, sauerkraut, and spicy brown mustard. All sausages are nitrate-free and made with hormone- and antibiotic-free meat. Haus Burgers feature 100 percent genetically tested, humanely raised Black Angus beef using no hormones and no antibiotics—never-ever— in one-of-a-kind creations like The Freiburger, with white American cheese, fries, haus slaw, fried egg and mayo; and Holy Aioli, with white American cheese, smoked bacon, caramelized onions and garlic aioli. The Bad Mutha Clucka rounds out the menu offering guests a crispy fried or grilled chicken sandwich served with lettuce, pickles and miso ranch.
Lighter eaters and kids can indulge in smaller-sized portions – the hot dog slider is made with an all beef mini dog, haus made cheddar cheese sauce and smoked bacon; the burger cheeseburger slider has mayo, white American cheese and just the right amount of caramelized onions; and the corn dog slider features an all beef mini dog dipped in haus made root beer batter. Equal attention is paid to the quality-driven sides, like chili cheese tots or fries with haus made cheddar cheese sauce, haus chili and green onions; and beer-battered onion rings.Save room for dessert and finish off the meal with a salty caramel premium ice cream milkshake or soft serve.
Diners can complement their meals with a can of red or white wine, imbibe from a selection of draft and canned craft beer options or sip on hand-crafted cocktails. Each canned brew will be served in a Dog Haus koozie, a nod to backyard BBQs; alternatively, all those with a classic PBR craving can get their lager fix with a brown paper bag-wrapped can.
The fast-casual concept, designed to elevate the hot dog and burger-eating experience, serves up its quality meals within the contemporary aesthetic of a modern industrial space. After ordering at the counter, diners can grab a barstool at the communal tables, take a bench seat at one of the reclaimed wood and steel tables or step outside to the welcoming patio.
The new restaurant, located at 7616 Walton Street, will be open for lunch and dinner daily from 10 a.m. until midnight.