Wienerschnitzel Franchise Owners Speak Out

Owners open up about what they love most about their QSR franchises

Wienerschnitzel is lucky to have such passionate, loyal and committed franchise owners. Since our founding in 1961, Wienerschnitzel has attracted intelligent, savvy entrepreneurs to join our franchise family — and many of our original franchise owners are still with us, nearly 60 years later! As our brand ambassadors in their communities, our franchisees own businesses that bring joy and allow families and friends to get closer — one hot dog at a time.

This is what our franchisees have to say about why they love Wienerschnitzel:


“We’re not burgers, we’re not sandwiches, we’re not pizza. We have a niche that no one else occupies and Wienerschnitzel really dominates.”

“Our systems are so much simpler than our competitor’s, which gives us a big advantage labor-wise and food cost-wise, and it’s an untapped market.”

“The concept is fairly easy to run, the people you work with are usually great, the customers are devoted.”


“I’ve been a part of Wienerschnitzel since I was 17, and I’m 38 now. I started as a cook in a Wienerschnitzel business, and I fell in love with the food, this brand and the opportunity that it could give me. With this company being a close-knit family, I felt like I had a chance to succeed — and it turns out, I was right. Now I have four Wienerschnitzel locations in California, and it’s far exceeded my expectations. I’m developing people, just as I was developed, and it’s so incredibly rewarding. We’re one of a kind — everyone has hamburgers and pizza, but who has hot dogs? We do, and our hot dogs are the best. I really believe in this brand, in our leadership team, and I believe that our future is incredibly bright.”

Ishak Ihmud, owner of four Wienerschnitzel franchise locations


“I really wanted to start a business that would allow me to take care of my family, my community and make an impact. I was attracted to Wienerschnitzel because it’s a family, and it feels like a family. They believed in me. I had never owned a business before, and I told them from the beginning that, ‘One day, I’m going to have five stores!’ They told me that I could do it, and now I have four stores. I’m close to my goal. In my stores, I treat my employees like they are my family. I develop them, I believe in them, and they trust me. When I come into my Wienerschnitzel restaurants, I feel my heartbeat because that’s how passionate I am about this brand. It’s been so incredibly rewarding.”

Iman Meraachly, owner of four Wienerschnitzel franchise locations

“We’re growing and people come into the brand. We’re always looking to add to the Wienerschnitzel family, and when you’re a family it’s so much different than a company that’s not willing to listen to you. They don’t treat me as an employee, they treat me as an equal.”

Aggie Clough, owner of four Wienerschnitzel franchise locations

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