Wienerschnitzel was founded in 1961 by John Galardi in Pasadena, California. While attending college, Galardi was working part time at a taco stand. The business was not doing well and when the owner was unable to repay a loan that Galardi had made to him, he offered to sell him the restaurant for $12,000. A family friend came up with the original name of Der Wienerschnitzel. The name was later abbreviated to Wienerschnitzel in 1977.
The company offers a wide range of hot dogs, chili dogs, and corn dogs, as well as French fries and drinks, mainly as drive through service. Franchise of the business is also available.
Today, Wienerschnitzel is owned by the Galardi Group and has more than 350 locations. The company claims to sell more than 120 million hot dogs each year and has plans to expand with new locations in 2016.