Kathleen Shaffer / [email protected] / (470) 388-6170

Grand opening celebration of Hot Dog on a Stick™ at Lakeline Mall in Cedar Park to feature freebies of the iconic brand’s signature made-to-order Original Hot Dog on a Stick and samples of its famous hand-stomped lemonade all day on Thursday, January 14.

AUSTIN – January 4, 2016 – Austin, you are one lucky dog! On Thursday, January 14, Hot Dog on a Stick™, the beloved all-American brand, will celebrate the grand opening of its first Austin location with a free cooked-to-order Original Hot Dog on a Stick and fresh hand-stomped lemonade samples for all customers. Located at Lakeline Mall in Cedar Park, the new Hot Dog on a Stick will hand out freebies to customers during normal operating hours (10 a.m. to 9 p.m.). The celebration will also feature the opportunity for the public to try their hand at Hot Dog on a Stick’s famous lemonade stomping process, giveaways of replicas of Hot Dog on a Stick’s signature hats and other surprises.

“Hot Dog on a Stick is a truly iconic brand that is extremely well-known and popular on the West Coast and a perfect fit for Austin,” said Frank Prater, Franchisee of Hot Dog on a Stick at Lakeline Mall. “My wife and I fell in love with Hot Dog on a Stick while living in San Diego and we just knew we had to bring this fun and delicious concept to Austin. Hot Dog on a Stick is true Americana with a cool factor that Austinites will appreciate and welcome. Come join us and get a free taste of Hot Dog on a Stick on January 14.”

The famous Hot Dog on a Stick menu features Original Turkey Hot Dog on a Stick, Beef Hot Dog on a Stick, American Cheese on a Stick, Peper Jack Cheese on a Stick, Mozzarella Cheese on a Stick, fresh lemonades in a variety of flavors, made-to-order French fries, funnel sticks with chocolate and strawberry sauce and party packs and gallon lemonades to-go that are perfect for family meals, get togethers, and events. Hot Dog on a Stick prides itself on exceptional and friendly customer service and is beloved by many celebrities. It’s featured often on TV shows and in movies.

Operated by Global Franchise Group, LLC, Hot Dog on a Stick has close to 100 locations in the U.S., as well as internationally including Korea and Dubai. Global Franchise Group is looking to expand the brand across the country and the Austin location marks its first new franchise opening since it acquired the brand in 2014. To learn more about Hot Dog on a Stick, visit our website , or engage with Hot Dog on a Stick on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

*Offer is valid on Thursday, January 14 for one free original turkey Hot Dog on a Stick.


Members of the media are encouraged to help spread the word about Hot Dog on a Stick’s grand opening celebration. Media drops featuring Hot Dog on a Stick’s signature hats and fresh stick items are available. To request visuals, arrange an interview with Hot Dog on a Stick representatives, or to arrange a store media visit, please contact Kathleen Shaffer at [email protected] or 470-388-6170.

About Hot Dog on a Stick™ – Visit Hot Dog on a Stick
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, party packs, and fundraisers. Hot Dog on a Stick has close to 100 locations in the U.S. and internationally including Korea and Dubai. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Global Franchise Group, LLCVisit Global Franchise Group
Global Franchise Group, LLC is a strategic brand management company with a mission of championing franchise brands and the people who build them. The company owns a portfolio of franchise brands that includes five primary quick service restaurant (QSR) franchise concepts: Great American Cookies®, Hot Dog on a Stick™, Marble Slab Creamery®, MaggieMoo’s Ice Cream & Treatery®, and Pretzelmaker®. The brands are managed by GFG Management, LLC, a subsidiary of Global Franchise Group, LLC. Global Franchise Group, LLC is a portfolio company of Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, an independent investment firm, with approximately $7 billion of capital under management and substantial franchise management experience.

Annica Conrad

Annica Conrad
Chief Marketing Officer

Annica has more than 20 years of award-winning marketing experience and has been with GFG for 3 years. She joined the company from Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers where she was Vice President, Brand Development. In this role, Annica was responsible for the rebirth and growth in popularity of the 42-year-old eclectic brand through smart menu design and development, implementation of the Mellow Mushroom loyalty app and creation and rollout of its first online ordering system. Before her time with Mellow Mushroom, Annica was Vice President of Marketing for Mcalister’s Corporation and she spent the early part of her career at a prominent advertising agency in Mobile Alabama. She is graduate of Samford University in Birmingham where she earned her Bachelors in Marketing and MBA in Economics.

Sam Patterson
Chief Financial Officer

Patterson came to Global Franchise Group in April 2020 from FOCUS Brands where he served as Senior Vice President of Accounting. For the last eleven years, he was responsible for leading financials for Cinnabon, Carvel, Schlotzsky’s, Moe’s Southwest Grill, McAlister’s Deli, Auntie Anne’s and Jamba Juice. He directed the organization through the transfer and integration of all accounting back-office functions for Auntie Anne’s from Pennsylvania, McAlister’s Deli from Mississippi, and Jamba Juice from Texas to Atlanta and converted a brand-centric accounting structure into a shared services organization. Before his time with FOCUS, he was Senior Vice President & Corporate Controller for Movie Gallery/Hollywood Video (NASDAQ: MOVI & MVGR), Vice President and Corporate Controller for Republic National Cabinet Corporation, and Corporate Controller for Wolverine Tube, Inc. (NYSE: WLV). He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant, holds a master’s in business administration from Auburn University, and is a graduate of the University of Texas, Tyler.