Our Story - History of the Hot Dog on a Stick Franchise

Our Story


Hot Dog on a Stick started out as the dream of Dave Barham on the beaches of southern California. His single little hot dog and ice cream stand quickly blossomed into a chain, exploding into the franchise it is now.



Dave opened the first store in Santa Monica. It sold ice cream and lemonade to crowds at the beach.

Next, Dave used his mom’s cornbread recipe, perfected it, and used it to create the Party Batter. From there, he took his show on the road, taking his fares to county fairs around California. It was during this period that he perfected the famous uniforms that Hot Dog on a Stick employees still wear to this day. He called them “Red, white and blue with a splash of lemonade!”




The first mall location opened in Redondo Beach California.

Redondo Beach sunset.



The second mall location opened in Salt Lake City, Utah.



Dave’s dream expanded when over twenty-five stores were operating in nine states!

Vintage open for business sign



The world lost a unique, generous business man when Dave Barham passed away, leaving his entire company to his employees. Dave believed that the people who worked for Hot Dog on a Stick made the company what it was, so on June 18, 1991, the company became an Employee Stock Ownership Plan.



Hot Dog on a Stick was acquired by Global Franchise Group, a strategic brand management company. Since August 2014, we have been expanding as a franchise and growing Dave’s brand and staying true to his vision: To serve the highest quality product, by the friendliest employees, to the greatest number of people.


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