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DAT DOG – CREATIVE SAUSAGE AND HOT DOG PURVEYOR TO OPEN IN HOUSTON

The New Orleans-based cult favorite will be first in Texas and first wave of franchisees.

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Foodie favorite Dat Dog, a New Orleans-based hot dog and sausage restaurant, will open 25 restaurants in Houston through franchisee group B&G Food Enterprises, LLC. The first restaurant is scheduled to open in 2018 and will be the first Dat Dog in Texas. There are no set locations at this time.

Dat Dog uses recipes developed by its Executive Chef, Alex Ventura, as well as craft cocktails developed by its Beverage Director, Alexa Ballard. The restaurant is known for its unique, quirky combinations, with sausages made from crawfish, alligator, duck, in addition to the traditional beef wiener. Dat Dog features more than 30 toppings, including unconventional options like blackberry sauce, guacamole, and crawfish etouffee. The restaurant also offers vegetarian and vegan sausage options, in addition to the “Greenie Weenie”—a dog wrapped in lettuce instead of a toasted sourdough bun. To keep putting a smile on the faces of its guests, Dat Dog regularly features art markets, trivia nights, fundraisers, special events and more.

Led by restauranteur Greg Hamer Sr., B&G Foods operates over 100 Yum brand locations across Texas and Louisiana. Hamer is an Emeritus Director of the National Restaurant Association and a trustee of the NRA Education Foundation. His long tenure with the Louisiana Restaurant Association has seen him honored as President in 2000, a member of the LRA Hall of Fame, Active Member of the Year and Chapter President of the Year.

During his due diligence of the restaurant, Hamer admits he and his son ate “just about everything on the menu”—landing on the Duck Sausage as his favorite.

“Dat Dog’s different. It’s a fresh concept, and we’re very excited to bring a little bit of offbeat New Orleans to Houston,” Hamer said. “We couldn’t be more excited to be opening in Texas,” said Bill DiPaola, President & COO of Dat Dog Enterprises and a Certified Franchise Executive. “I know Houstonians will love our quirky, Hawaiian-shirt wearing culture— along with our crazy delicious dogs.”

Dat Dog’s popularity can be seen in its critical acclaim and awards: The restaurant has been touted by The New York Times, Gayot, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and The Food Network. The restaurant has also been awarded honors such as, “Top 10 Hot Dogs in the U.S.” (USA Today College), “Best Hot Dogs in America”(Thrillist & The Daily Meal), and the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Neighbor Award for Louisiana.

Philanthropic giving and social good are built into Dat Dog’s DNA. The company regularly hosts fundraising events on- and off-site for causes of all kinds, especially those related to animal welfare, at-risk youth, and education. Dat Dog’s Houston locations will regularly host charitable events and fundraisers, in addition to responding directly to people in need.

For franchisees, Dat Dog will offer flexible concepts for restaurants, including indoor/outdoor dining, areas for live music, biergartens or art markets, endcaps, free-standing buildings, universities, or other retail environments. Dat Dog is looking to further expand in the Gulf South region, focusing on Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and the Florida panhandle, in addition to already planned locations in Baton Rouge and Lafayette, La.

“Dine Out” To Support The Houston AIDS Foundation [@AIDSHelpHouston]

For one day in April – April 30, 2015 – more than 40 Houston-area restaurants are donating a percentage of sales to AIDS Foundation Houston (AFH) through their participation in the nationwide annual event, Dining Out for Life.

“I have been amazed about how the top restaurants in Houston have been so supportive of this event. Everyone at every price point can participate and feel great about eating out on April 30” comments Dining Out for Life event chair, Jessica Rossman.

Guests interested in supporting AIDS Foundation Houston through Dining Out for Life can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner throughout the day at a variety of restaurants, with a percentage of sales from the day committed to help end new HIV/AIDS infections and help those who are infected. For a list of the more than 40 (and counting) participating restaurants visit AIDSHelp.org/DiningOutforLife.

“We have a chance to end HIV/AIDS within our lifetime” explains Kelly Young, Chief Executive Officer of AIDS Foundation Houston. “Dining Out for Life not only raises money to end HIV/AIDS but also raises awareness about the disease.”

Dining Out for Life was created in 1991 by an ActionAIDS volunteer in Philadelphia. The event is hosted annually in cities across the U.S. and Canada by local service organizations, a mandate that ensures funds raised locally stay local. Since the inception, the national event has grown exponentially. In 2014, 53 cities hosted Dining Out for Life with participation from more than 3,100 restaurants. These efforts raised $4.13M in support of local service organizations, or 15.4% of local service organizations expenses in the fight against HIV/AIDS. 2015 is trending to be a record year, with more than 60 participating service organizations – Dining Out for Life’s largest year yet. AIDS Foundation Houston began participating in the national Dining Out for Life event in the inaugural year and has since raised thousands of dollars for support locally.

The 2015 menu of restaurants includes something for everyone, from foodie favorites to casual comforts. Find a restaurant now and make plans now to Dine Out for Life on April 30.

2015 Dining Out for Life Participating Restaurants (as of 3/25/15)

Americas

Arturo Boada Cuisine

Baby Barnaby’s

Barnaby’s Downtown

Barnaby’s Heights

Barnaby’s Woodway

Barnaby’s West Gray

Brasserie 19

The Original Barnaby’s Fairview

Bombay Pizza Company

Café Piquet Cuban Cuisine

Canopy

Canyon Creek

Cedar Creek

Coppa Osteria

dgn Factory

Dry Creek

El Tiempo 1308 Cantina Montrose

El Tiempo Cantina Midtown

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse River Oaks

Harold’s Restaurant, Bar & Terrace

Ibiza

Jenni’s Noodle House Shepherd

Jenni’s Noodle House Heights

Jenni’s Noodle House Post Oak

Last Concert Café

Latin Bites

Liberty Kitchen River Oaks

Lowbrow

Niko Nikos Market Square

Niko Nikos Montrose

Onion Creek

Pepperoni’s Montrose

Prohibition

RDG + Bar Annie

Shade

Tila’s Restaurante & Bar

Zelko

Last Thursday of the Month Means Brunch at Night at Cuchara Restaurant!

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Brunch at night again!

Who has craved huevos divorciados for dinner?

This time, for our brunch at night, “Huevos divorciados” and all beers will be half price.
Our whole menu will be offered and our favorite trio will play.
You will be transported to any given Sunday brunch at Cuchara…

#MexicoCityInHouston #BrunchForDinner

Thursday October 30 from 5 to 10 PM

Cuchara is located at:
214 Fairview. Suite A
Houston, TX 77006

Beat the Heat with Pollo Campero (Free Drinks!)

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On Monday July, 28th, your local Pollo Campero will be helping guests to stay refreshed in the summer heat. We are introducing all-natural Latin drinks to the menu. To celebrate the launch, we are offering free, 100-percent natural, Latin drinks to guests from 11 AM to 9 PM.
Guests can beat the summer heat with all-natural versions of the restaurant’s popular Latin drinks. While flavors vary by location, most restaurants feature Horchata, Jamaica and Tamarindo —YUMMY!