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Hot Dog on a Stick

Founded in 1946 / Santa Monica, CA

Established in 1946 in Southern California, Hot Dog on a Stick is known for its fresh, made-to-order hot dog on a stick and cheese on a stick products, hand-stomped natural lemonade, smiling customer service, and its iconic bright striped uniforms. Hot Dog on a Stick provides customers with a fun, all-American quick-service restaurant experience, catering services for events and party packs. Hot Dog on a Stick has over 50 locations throughout the U.S.

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By The Numbers





Total Units
US States





500-1200 ft.²

Ideal Space
Global Sales

6% Royalty

Percent of Net Sales

Our Story

Once upon a time in 1946 on the beautiful beach of sunny Santa Monica, Dave Barham opened a food stand that would become an American icon. Originally called Party Puffs, the bright red barn-like stand served ice cream cones and lemonade. All changed when, using his mom’s cornbread recipe, Dave perfected the Hot Dog on a Stick and changed the name of his stand to reflect this new menu item. Thus, the Hot Dog on a Stick we know and love today was born and soon took to malls across the country.


Not just a
Hot Dog on a Stick!

While we have clearly come a long way, a lot has stayed the same. That famous Muscle Beach location is still selling made-to-order Hot Dogs on a Stick and fresh hand-stomped lemonade. Oh, our fantastic uniforms? During the early days of Hot Dog on a Stick, our Hotdoggers wore polka dots but eventually we changed to the famous and iconic outfits everyone knows and loves today.

Our bright and eye-catching striped uniforms are “Red, White and Blue with a Splash of Lemonade.” We have a TON of pride in them as they stand for our commitment to exceptional smiling customer service. (And, fun fact, our hats are so coveted that they are never supposed to leave the store.)