Shoppers visiting Lakeside Shopping Center ( will soon be able to enjoy Dat Dog ( hot dogs with the opening of a location inside the mall Feb. 1.

"Lakeside will be a new approach to Dat Dog," says Dat Dog spokeswoman Chelsea Brauwn. "We've never had a venue like this, but each of our restaurants are unique venues that reflect the needs of the neighborhoods. ... While this format presents itself as a little more grab-and-go, we hope to cultivate an atmosphere of sit-and-stay while people enjoy their time in Lakeside."

The location will offer a number of craft beers including the soon-to-be-signature Dat Biere, a French-style farmhouse ale brewed locally by Bayou Teche Brewery. The beer will eventually be offered at all Dat Dog locations.

Dat Dog originally opened in a modest space on Freret Street and served hot dogs and sausages with a wide selection of toppings. It now has a larger location on Freret Street (5030 Freret St., 504-899-6883) and restaurants on Magazine Street (3336 Magazine St., 504-324-2226) and in the Faubourg Marigny (601 Frenchmen St., 504-301-3362).