Wienerschnitzel, the world’s largest hot dog franchise, has officially taken its fan-favorite hot dogs down south for the winter. The iconic 60-year legacy brand has marked its international presence with the opening of two South American locations situated in Chile and Ecuador. The restaurants open on December 9 and 10.
These initial locations will be the first of more than two dozen Wienerschnitzel locations set to launch across Latin America over a five-year period. Esteemed businessman and trusted entrepreneurial partner Andres Sotomayor is leading the charge of this expansion in Ecuador, having previously signed a 15-unit development deal with the brand.
“2023 has been a fantastic year for Wienerschnitzel, and we couldn’t think of a better way to end it than by achieving our goal to open the first of many international locations,” said Doug Koegeboehn, Chief Marketing Officer for Galardi Group, the parent company for Wienerschnitzel. “So much of our continued growth has been driven by operators who really see the value in what we offer – a simple business model with low costs and virtually no competition in our segment. We’re thrilled that this continues to resonate with entrepreneurs, especially on a global scale.”
The first location in Ecuador is situated in the bustling city of Guayaquil, while the Chile location is in Santiago. The remaining locations in development are currently in the process of site selection.
Wienerschnitzel offers one of the most distinctive and delicious menus in the industry. Celebrated for its world-famous chili dogs, corn dogs, chili cheese fries, beverages, and creamy Tastee Freez soft-serve desserts, it continues to capture the hearts and appetites of customers. With the opportunity to provide its famous hot dogs to more people throughout the world, Wienerschnitzel’s expansion into Ecuador and Chile will establish a base to expand throughout Latin America.
“We are extremely eager to share our recipes with an entirely new demographic of consumers. There’s nothing like our signature menu items in these markets, and this is a huge reason why we’ve been so eager to bring the flavors of Southern California to Latin America,” said Koegeboehn.
For nearly 60 years, Wienerschnitzel has proven to be a model of success and a profitable business opportunity. Thanks to its strong operating practices and committed leadership team, franchisees experienced record-high sales despite the challenges of the pandemic. Its flexible store designs, superior training in addition to strong leadership and consumer demand make it an attractive opportunity for investors. Likewise, these potential franchisees will be a part of a family business, with ongoing support from Wienerschnitzel’s parent company, the Galardi Group, Inc.
There are nearly 350 franchised Wienerschnitzel locations in operation throughout 10 states, more than 50 units in various stages of development across the United States, and further expansion plans underway internationally. Wienerscnitzel is looking for those who are experienced multi-unit restaurant operators to be a part of its franchise family.