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Behind the Bun

Caspers Famous Hot Dogs has dedicated four generations to providing fresh, made to order classic hot dogs to our customers in a clean fast-casual restaurant environment. The Caspers family continues to honor this proud tradition by offering consistently high quality, affordable and savory hot dogs that appeal to people of all ages.

The family behind Caspers Famous Hot Dogs has been serving hot dogs in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1934.

The Caspers Famous Hot Dogs chain was established by Stephen & Ardam Beklian, and Paul & Rose Agajan, and today the business is operated today by their grandchildren.

As Armenian immigrants, the founders understood that a great concept, hard work and smart business decisions were the perfect recipe for success and the American dream.

During the war years, the Caspers Famous Hot Dogs business grew in Oakland with its first stores on Telegraph and First Avenues. In fact, Caspers was probably the first fast casual hot dog chain in California.

In the 50s and 60s, the company expanded and opened its signature restaurants in Richmond, Hayward, Pleasant Hill, San Pablo and Albany. Later, restaurants were established in Dublin and Walnut Creek. Today, Caspers Famous Hot Dogs boasts eight locations in the east San Francisco Bay Area.

In 1989, another dream came true for the owners of Caspers Famous Hot Dogs when they opened SPAR Sausage Company. SPAR operates a state-of-the art sausage kitchen to guarantee that the highest quality products with the freshest ingredients are always available to the Caspers Famous Hot Dogs restaurant chain.

SPAR wholesales frankfurters and other quality meat products to club and grocery stores throughout the western region of the United States. Customers can order the genuine “Casper” dog online through SPAR Sausage Company at

  1. The first mention of sausage is found in Homer’s Odyssey as far back as the 9th century B.C.
  2. It is said that the birth of the traditional European hot dog took place in the German city of Frankfurt in 1487.
  3. A hot dog in German is “Wurst” (pronounced voorst, not worst!)
  4. The earliest known pushcart in New York City dates back to the 1860s.
  5. Many hot dog aficionados claim that today’s hot dog in a bun was introduced during the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis in 1904.
  6. The first American President to serve hot dogs at the White House was Franklin D. Roosevelt while he was entertaining King George VI of England.
  7. San Francisco/Oakland ranks in the top ten among the nation’s the top sausage-eating American cities.
  8. Per capita, Americans eat 70 hot dogs each year.
  9. The longest hot dog ever made measured 1,996 feet in honor of the 1996 Olympics.
  10. July is National Hot Dog Month.