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VISTA —  Dog Haus — a restaurant chain that serves up gourmet hot dogs, sausages, and burgers — plans to open a franchise in downtown Vista over the summer.

The fast-casual eatery offers artisan dogs like fan favorite Sooo Cali, which comes covered with toppings like wild arugula and spicy basil aioli on grilled King’s Hawaiian rolls. Then there’s the handcrafted sausages in various flavors — spicy thai currywurst, for one — and the black Angus beef burgers.

Franchise owner Henry Lee said Friday he was hooked on the idea of opening up a Dog Haus shortly after he walked into one.

“As soon as I saw the vibe and tasted the food, I was blown away,” Lee said. Aside from the gourmet meats, the menu includes fries and shakes, sodas and craft beer.

Lee said he anticipates the Vista restaurant, at the corner of Indiana Avenue and Broadway, will feature a beer garden and have upward of 20 brands on tap, including many local brews.

For nearly 60 years, the downtown property was home to a shoe repair shop, and for about half that time it was operated by cobbler and Vista booster Tom Fleming. Two years ago, Fleming closed his business and sold the land to developer Lev Gershman.