Dallas-Based Zaccanelli Food Group Acquires Hofmann Sausage Company. Phil Romano Will Make the World Hot Dog Happy!

Are you ready for some hot dogs?

Yesterday, Merritt Martin of Eater Dallas, linked (ha!) to a story reporting Dallas-based Zaccanelli Food Group’s acquisition of the 133 year-old Hofmann Sausage Company in Syracuse, New York. She writes:

“Wait, what? Dallas-based Zaccanelli Food Group acquired Syracuse’s Hofmann Sausage Company in a multimillion dollar deal that means sausage expansion (well beyond Hot Haus rests, even into Texas groceries, gasp!) and, linking (ha) seemingly random investors the likes of Oneida Indian Nation, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach and others.”

The “others” Martin omits are significant players that are anything but randomly linked. Like the “Zaccanelli” behind the group:  Frank Zaccanelli, a native of Syracuse, is the former team president of the Dallas Mavericks. He was the minority owner to Ross Perot Jr.’s majority. Together, they sold the team to our (foodie) hero, Mark Cuban. Before that, Zaccanelli was a big wig at Perot Jr.’s company and they did some big deals like Alliance Airport and large real estate developments all over the state. (Huge overstatement in the interest of time.) Zaccanelli Food Group received majority funding from the powerful central-New York based Oneida Indian Nation Enterprises, a group dedicated to “re-investing in Central New York.” Other investors include former Syracuse Police Chief and two-time Syracuse University All-American basketball player Dennis DuVal, Syracuse University Head Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim, Dallas Cowboys quarterback and businessman Roger Staubach, and several high-profile restaurateurs and sports figures.

The until-now family-owned and operated Hofmann Sausage Company is a well-respected name in the restaurant business. They make some fine sausages and hot dogs. Call me crazy, but I swear I ate a Hofmann dog at Fuddrucker’s a century ago. Oh, that brings me to another “other” in this multi-million-dollar-dog deal: Phil Romano, the creator of Fuddruckers®, World’s Greatest Hamburgers®. Secret fact: Romano ALSO grew up in Syracuse eating Hofmann dogs. He loves them so much he sells them at Eatzi’s! Now he’s going to show the world just how much he hearts Hofmann dogs. Romano is in charge of creating a national chain of Hofmann’s World’s Greatest Hot Dogs restaurants. (I’m sure the ® is still at the attorney’s office.)  I, for one, can’t wait. Hot dogs are the new hamburger.

Update: Hofmann products will be available in 64 Texas Albertson’s stores, including those in DFW, this weekend. That was fast.


  • wasn’t this the company that Bob Sambol now works for?

  • Brent D.


    “Sambol, who left his position at The Mercury last month, is in Syracuse, New York. “I am not moving here. I live in Dallas. I am working on a business deal here. It has not closed so I don’t want to talk about it right now.”

  • Bob Sambol’s position with the company or the deal is still unconfirmed.

  • Kirk

    I lived in Syracuse for four years, and don’t remember ever knowingly eating a Hofmann hot dog. I look forward to trying one soon. Romano’s new place had better serve Orange Crush.

  • Kevin

    I grew up in the Syracuse area and I have been here in DFW for over 30 years. There is a short list of foods that are better in Syracuse. Hofmann’s Snappy Grillers (a.k.a. coneys, a.k.a. white hots, a.k.a. bockwurst) at at the top of the list. I never come back from Syracuse without 5 lbs or so, and visitors always bring them to me. The German Franks (a.k.a. red hots) are better than anything we get here, bar none. I am looking forward to a white hot and a chocolate milk.

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  • Like Dallas needs another sausage fest…..

  • twinwillow

    Bet they’re not as good as Thumann’s!

  • twinwillow

    However, I’m sooooo ready for a real North East style hot dog joint. I’m taco’d out.

  • Gina

    Yum. Hot doss

  • Joyce

    I was born and grew up in Syracuse and ate Hofmann dogs and snappys a lot. We would always go to Liverpool to get them at Heid’s They are the best and I and my family are glad that we can now get them locally. We have had to have them shipped here to Texas all these years.