Skip to comments.Eatery Chain ‘Hot Dog On A Stick’ Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
Posted on 02/08/2014 11:58:03 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Carlsbad-based chain Hot Dog on a Stick filed a Chapter 11 petition in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Los Angeles on Monday.
The company, known widely for staff in brightly-colored, striped uniforms and impaled corn dogs, said in a statement that it is seeking relief in order to reorganize and restructure its business.
Hot Dog on a Stick, which currently operates 93 locations, said that it plans to continue business as usual throughout the bankruptcy proceedings.
The company also said that, in addition to working to save money in the supply chain and in stores, it has made significant reductions to its corporate workforce and expenses, while trying to increase sales over the past year.
In addition to these continued efforts, HDOS said that it plans to work with its landlords in order to review and renegotiate leases, the vast majority of which are reported to have been written at the height of the real estate bubble.
Like many mall-based businesses, HDOS signed some very expensive leases during the booming economy of the mid-2000s, CEO Dan Smith said. In addition, declining mall foot traffic over the past several years has had a negative impact on sales at most company locations. Weve been pursuing new leases in all locations and the Chapter 11 filing will allow us to do so in a more effective manner. The mall business is built around the relationships and partnerships between tenant and landlord. We want to be in malls where the relationship is positive and the partnership is mutually beneficial.
Smith said that, since the Hot Dog on a Stick brand has been strong and iconic for so many years, the initiatives of the company and cooperation of partners will allow them to emerge from the bankruptcy proceedings in a position to thrive well into the future.
The first HDOS restaurant was opened by founder Dave Barham in 1946 as Party Puffs at Santa Monica Beach. The restaurant sold ice cream and lemonade, according to the companys website. Later, Barham used his mothers cornbread recipe to perfect the corn dog, and he changed the eaterys name to Hot Dog on a Stick, traveling with his product to county fairs. It was at these fairs that he got the idea for the colorful, eye-catching colorful uniforms.
Barham reportedly opened his first shopping mall restaurant in 1973 in Salt Lake City. He died in 1991 and left the company to his workers.
Hot Dog on a Stick operates under an employee stock ownership plan.
Lots and lots of restaurant chains going Chapter 11, or nearly so. What this needs is a minimum wage hike.
Now where is Obama going to eat, Indonesia?
Hey, that wouldn’t be “Bo” in that bun, would it?
Which other chains have gone Chapter 11? It could be that this chain just did not have good food and was not properly run and managed.
I have heard both Olive Garden and Red Lobster are close to Chapter 11.
Furr’s cafetrerias as well
Nope, that's not Bo.
I’ve honestly never heard of the place, but then I tend to avoid malls like the plague. Even as a teen, I never wanted to “hang out” at them. I would imagine it’s rather tough business running a niche food place in a mall. I mean, rents are high, and not everyone wants a corndog for lunch.
Still, I’m guessing the hot dog on a stick type places aren’t the only ones taking the hit at shopping malls. Several of the malls in my area have lost anchor stores and/or have a fair number of empty spaces for rent.
My local mall just lost its McDonald’s. You know things are bad when McDonald’s can’t survive.
Their food and fresh lemonade is very tasty. I think there problem is they charge like $3.25 for a not so large corn dog. And expensive lemonade too. Look at In and Out burger with huge success..like a dollar less for a bigger cheeseburger. Greed makes a bad business model.
“My local mall just lost its McDonalds. You know things are bad when McDonalds cant survive.”
Mmmm, but was there an increase in sport shoe shops at that mall? I’ve noticed that dying malls have an increase in those stores right before they finally bite the dust.
The HDOS should have added SOS to their menu. That would pull them out of trouble.
(For those who don’t know about SOS, it means S-— on a Shingle, a favorite of our military in years gone by. Oh, I have to take my dog out. He needs to dump a load of S-—.)
I seem to vaguely recall the place from family visits to SoCal in the 80’s. But I remember more so encountering Orange Julius and whatever place it was that sold the pita sandwiches in malls out there.
Also, Cali Dairy Queens were weird from what I remember.
I hear ya. More taxes, too. It will give the employees the opportunity to write poetry and drink hot cocoa in their PJs.
“I hear ya.”
Yup. Nothing like $8 hamburgers to drive consumer demand and provide job security.
If all it had was a hotdog on a stick then it should go bankrupt.
Another victim of Obama and his handlers.
HDOS sounds like a cyber attack.
I am waiting for some enterprising Mexican-American to start a franchise operation for Sonoran Hot Dogs, perhaps the most high calorie, totally bad for you, delicious food item this side of the Mississippi. It makes a Philly cheese steak with all the trimmings look like nouvelle cuisine. If you just read the ingredients, it sounds like a foot tall pile of gross. However, once you eat one, you are hooked.
First of all, the hot dog is wrapped in Mesquite-smoked bacon. Then it is put on a Bolillo bun, about three times larger than a hot dog bun. Always with grilled yellow chilies on the side. Then you add the fixins:
pinto or black beans, whole or refried
chopped fresh tomatoes
sliced jalapenos (some masochists use habaneros)
pico de gallo
too damned much cilantro
Mexican table cream
Queso blanco (Mexican white cheese)
crushed potato chips
(optional side orders)
steak cut french fries
Vendors of this culinary war crime are called “dogueros”.
Well, that’ll probably finish off the stick industry as well.
Get those girls out of those degrading “uniforms” and I’ll be more likely to sample some of their wares. The built in voyeuristic aspact of lemonade churning always seemed undignified. But that’s just me.
We have a huge outing (we live by a lake) every 4th of July. We have a lunch of brisket and pulled pork but in the evening Hot Dogs are very popular. My grandkids all like Hot Dogs anytime anywhere. My question is why doesn’t McDonalds and other fast food chains sell dogs? Does anyone know?
The future of most malls is conversion to Section housing.
Plus fill the parking lot with mobile homes.
Don’t know about housing, but I know of one mall that is converting most of its space into offices. At one time this mall had 5 flagship stores plus about a hundred or so smaller retailers. Macy’s and Penneys are the only major stores left. About 90% of the rest of the storefronts are shuttered. It’s a tragedy.
I think the harsh reality is that most malls built in the mall boom years of the 60s and 70s are now in neighborhoods that a lot of folks avoid.
A number of older malls also never invested in good security. The mall across town I mentioned was a prime example. Crime increased, the owners couldn't or wouldn't deal with it, so people stayed away in droves. I give the mall closer to me credit. It has an active security force that patrols every inch of the mall, including the parking lots. In addition, the local police department maintains a substation in the mall. This mall probably looked at what happened to other malls and decided to take action now before these punks destroyed it as they did at other malls.
Data Center is the obvious way to go.
Ghetto youth were the main killers of the indoors malls and continue to this day.
The gangs even kill business in their own neighborhoods. Then they whine when there is no supermarket or drug store in the community. Business can’t survive the relentless onslaught of crime.
Never understood the appeal of a hot dog on a stick. Seems awkward to eat it that way. A bun seems to be a much more effective delivery system for a hot dog - and it’s fully edible.
"Hey, that's my brother......On a steek."
>”HDOS signed some very expensive leases during the booming economy of the mid-2000s”<
How can that be? I thought the Eight years of the Bush Economy were terrible, or was it just the last two years after Pelosi and Reid took over the House and Senate. Hmmmmmmm...
Before Kroc took over the chain from the McDonald brothers, they did have hot dogs on the menu.
Depends, I suppose, on whether or not you like cornbread -- which may not appeal to a New Englander.