Dog Haus, the gourmet hot dog concept based in Southern California, is continuing its out-of-state expansion with the announcement of its first franchisee in Denver. With franchisee Jason Bell set to open a location in 2014, the news marks another milestone for the three-year-old concept that recently shared news of a franchisee in Utah.

“During this pivotal time for us in terms of our growth and expansion, it's important to work with people like Jason, who both understand and are passionate about the brand and the spirit behind it,” says Dog Haus partner André Vener. “Jason wowed us with his energy and enthusiasm, and we're excited to bring Dog Haus to the Mile High City with him leading the charge."

“The creativity that Dog Haus partners André, Quasim, and Hagop bring to the table is inspiring,” Bell says. “They are redefining that quintessential all-American hot dog experience, and I'm thrilled to be able to share their vision with the Denver community."

The announcement comes on the heels of a menu refresh at Dog Haus with new sausages prepared by celebrity chef Adam Gertler, a runner-up on “The Next Food Network Star,” in anticipation of the concept's expansion and growth into new markets like Denver.

Denise Lee Yohn: QSR's Marketing Guru, News, Dog Haus