The Dog Haus, a new 125-cover hot dog restaurant with tongue-in-cheek toppings, has launched at Brighton's bar and club Patterns, with the official opening taking place on 30 January.
Patterns is part of the Mothership Group, which also owns and operates the London venues Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, Queen of Hoxton, the Book Club and Stories.
Hot dog options include the Acid Haus Dog, with BBQ bourbon pulled pork and deep fried potato smileys; and Booze Hound, inspired by the seaside, with crispy Brighton beer batter, mushy peas, pickled red onion and homemade ketchup.
Other unusual choices are Happy Days, with caramelised and crispy onions, ketchup and mustard; plus the Hand of Dog, which is Argentinian-inspired, with caramelised onion, pickled aubergines, green peppers, crispy smoked tofu and chimichurri, plus the option of adding Greek Metsovone cheese.
All sausages at the Dog Haus have at least 85% lean meat and are supplied by local supplier the Sausage Man. Sides include four-cheese chips and chilli beef chips.
A launch party for the new opening on Saturday 30 January is set to include a sausage dog fancy dress pageant, with prizes including "best-dressed pup"; and a hot dog eating contest that will give the winner their height in hot dogs.
The Dog Haus is not the first ‘gourmet' site to open focusing on hot dogs in recent years; in June 2015, chef Simon Hulstone, of the Elephant in Torquay, announced plans to open a premium hot dog and beer space named the Kennel; while Top Dog, from Marissa Hermer, the wife of Bumpkin brasserie and Boujis nightclub owner Matt Hermer, launched in December 2014 on London Soho's Frith Street.
Similarly, foodservice firm Kudos, from the Crown Group, operates an ‘Haute Dog Van' serving gourmet dogs from a travelling kiosk.