Wienerschnitzel Ranked No. 1 Hot Dog QSR Franchise For 2018
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Wienerschnitzel Ranked No. 1 Hot Dog QSR Franchise For 2018

39th Annual Entrepreneur Magazine Franchise 500 Ranks Wienerschnitzel 166th Overall

January 17, 2018 // // IRVINE, Calif. - Wienerschnitzel, the World’s Largest Hot Dog Chain, has been ranked the No. 1 quick service restaurant (QSR) in the hot dog category in the latest franchise rankings by Entrepreneur Magazine. Released today, the Entrepreneur Franchise 500 gave Irvine, Calif.-based Wienerschnitzel an overall ranking of No. 166, up 29 spots from last year’s No. 195, out of the top 500 franchises evaluated by the publication.

Considered the most prestigious and comprehensive ranking of franchise opportunities, Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 evaluates franchise businesses based on brand strength, system size and growth, cost and fees, financial strength and stability, and marketing and other support such as social media presence.

This year’s list is the first to include a hot dog-specific restaurant category.

“Wienerschnitzel is thrilled that Entrepreneur has recognized hot dog restaurants with its own category - and even more delighted to be ranked No.1 on that list,” said Ted Milburn, director of franchise development for Wienerschnitzel. “This year is about growth for us. Thanks to a unique niche within the QSR space, industry-low food costs, a higher sales potential and reduced cost of entry with our next-generation “Heritage” building, we’re slated for 20 new openings in 2018. It is this vision and growth strategy that will propel us into the next decade.”

The smaller-footprint, new “Heritage” model pays homage to the company’s iconic A-frame. As a family owned and operated company, Wienerschnitzel continues to recruit quality new franchise partners throughout Western and Southern states.

About Wienerschnitzel

Founded by John Galardi in 1961 with a single hot dog stand in Wilmington, Calif., Wienerschnitzel ( is one of the real pioneers of the quick-service food industry. Having successfully carved out a niche with hot dogs, The World’s Largest Hot Dog Chain serves more than 120 million hot dogs annually. Irvine, Calif.-based Galardi Group, Inc., franchises restaurants throughout the U.S., including Wienerschnitzel, Hamburger Stand, and Tastee-Freez LLC.

An iconic American brand with a devoted following for over 55 years, Wienerschnitzel was ranked the No. 1 quick service restaurant in the hot dog category in Entrepreneur Magazine’s, 2018 Franchise 500. The company recently introduced a next-generation store design that combines a unique and simple menu featuring chili dogs, chili cheese fries, corn dogs and Tastee-Freez soft-serve desserts with a smaller footprint and a lower cost of entry. As a family owned and operated company, Wienerschnitzel is actively recruiting qualified franchise candidates to grow with the brand.

For more information on owning a Wienerschnitzel, visit or contact Ted Milburn, Director of Franchise Development at

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