Weinerschnitzel is an American fast-food chain founded in 1961 that specializes in hot dogs. Wienerschnitzel locations are found predominantly in California and Texas, though others are located in Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and Washington. Outside of the 50 states, there is a store located in Guam and one in Panama. Follow these 11 secrets for success to find out more about this successful company!
Part of the Wienerschnitzel success story is their ability to adapt and change with the times. The first store opened in March 1961, just three months before John F. Kennedy was inaugurated president and eight years before Neil Armstrong took his “giant leap for mankind.” Don’t miss these 11 secrets that made this company one of America’s favorite hot dog chains!
In 1961, a new fast food restaurant called Wienerschnitzel opened in Los Angeles. The name “Wienerschnitzel” is an intentional misspelling of the German word for a hot dog or sausage (Wiener). They were originally known as Der Wienerschmaltz on their first menu and eventually dropped the apostrophe altogether. This was supposedly done to make it easier to pronounce when ordering by phone. A regional favorite at that time was chili served over spaghetti; this remained part of the chain’s offerings until 1987, but can still be found today at some locations fresh off the griddle with onions and peppers atop everything else! – After opening its original store in Los Angeles, Wienerschnitzel opened its second store in Pasadena. Five years after opening the first two stores, they had expanded to six locations and began franchising operations that’s when we started seeing them all over California!
The chain does not use corn syrup in any of its food. – Wienerschnitzel offers a variety of sauces, from the traditional yellow mustard and ketchup to more exotic varieties like Buffalo, BBQ Ranch, Habanero Spicy Mayo or Jalapeño Popper! - As we mentioned above, every Wienerschnitzel location has its own unique flavor preferences for condiments. Some locations offer Sriracha while others might go with Cholula sauce; many even offer their own signature creations that are only available at that store!
With over 170 stores we’ve seen them all over California and even Guam! This year they’re celebrating their 50th anniversary with a new slogan: ” America’s Favorite Frankfurter since 1961″ .- We have our own trademarked brand of mustard, called Wienerschnitchel Mustard Sauce.- Each restaurant location has its own unique flavor preferences for condiments which can include anything from BBQ Ranch sauce to Sriracha or Cholula. There are often special sauces only available at each store – like one that tastes just like Jalapeno Poppers!
In 1961, we started our first restaurant in California. Today with 170+ locations we’re still family-owned and operated.- We have trademarked mustard called Wienerschnitchel Mustard Sauce that’s only available at each of the stores. – In 1973, we created one of America’s First Hot Dog Diners!
The most popular hot dog topping is chili sauce which has been around since 1930s Vienna when it was introduced to Americans by immigrants from Austria who were also known as “Wiener Schnitzel” back then.
After spending the last few weeks in Vienna with my family for Christmas I’ve been brought up short by how much everyone here loves their Wienerschnitzel – which seems an odd detail when it’s just a deep-fried piece of meat.
When we were eating at the only restaurant open on Christmas day, I found out that it was even more than just love: they have Wiener Schnitzel as their signature dish. It’s not something you can get anywhere else in Austria and is so popular here because it’s seen as being quintessentially Austrian cuisine. The first one ever made outside Vienna apparently came from nearby Baden where my family lives – about six miles away!