Hot Dog on a Stick

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HDOS Enterprises
IndustryFast food restaurant
FoundedJune 1946; 74 years ago (1946-06)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
FounderDave Barham
HeadquartersAtlanta, GA
Number of locations
ParentGlobal Franchise Group

Hot Dog on a Stick is a fast food company that was founded by Dave Barham in Santa Monica, California,[1] in 1946,[2] and later branched out into malls and shopping centers. In 2014, the company was purchased by Global Franchise Group (the strategic brand management company behind Great American Cookies, Marble Slab Creamery, and Pretzelmaker.) based in Atlanta, GA. Under GFG, the brand has opened new locations across the country and moved into the franchising space.


The first Hot Dog on a Stick store opened at the original Muscle Beach location next to the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, California, in 1946, serving lemonade and corn dogs on sticks to people on the beach. In 1962, a second location was opened on the Redondo Beach Pier which remains the only independently owned location under the name "Craig's Hot Dog on a Stick." Hot Dog on a Stick later expanded and became a large food chain. Hot Dog on a Stick currently has more than 80 company-owned United States locations, which are primarily located in popular regional shopping malls. There are also internationally franchised locations, in Korea.[3] and Shanghai, China [4]


  1. ^ Amestoy, Louis (December 14, 2008). "Comfort in cupcakes". The Business Press. Retrieved January 9, 2009.
  2. ^ "Taking comfort in fast and affordable meals around town". August 17, 2001. Retrieved January 9, 2009.
  3. ^ "Hot Dog on a Stick". May 7, 2007. Archived from the original on January 26, 2011. Retrieved January 9, 2009.
  4. ^ "Hot Dog on a Stick opens first location in China".

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