Hot dog-focused QSR Wienerschnitzel plans to build 20 new restaurants throughout Arkansas over the next 12 years via a development agreement with Tejas Dogs, LLC. Three of the planned stores are already on the chain’s development schedule.

In 2020, Wienerschnitzel announced a plan to build 20 units in Louisiana. Both deals are part of the chain’s plan to expand its footprint throughout the south and Midwest.

“With personal roots in Arkansas paired with our extensive business experience, we found the perfect match with Wienerschnitzel and their unique franchise model,” says Brian Shinall, business manager for Tejas Dogs. “As we examined many QSR diversification opportunities for our business portfolio, Wienerschnitzel captured our attention with its recipe for success spanning six decades, including low food costs, simple operations, strong corporate support and the entirely underserved markets in Arkansas — and let’s not forget America’s love of hot dogs.”

In business since 1961, Wienerschnitzel has seen double-digit sales increases over the past two years and 11 years of consecutive same-store sales growth, per a release. The chain currently has over 330 franchise locations in 10 states. It is known for its hot dogs, of course, and its Tastee Freez ice cream treats.