New business in Denver includes a large off-leash dog park with an eatery and bar.
There are two things that Coloradans love the most: dogs and beer. And this new off-leash dog park and bar combines those two loves together for a perfect match.
Mutts Canine Cantina is a Texas-based company that opened up the restaurant-dog park concept in 2013, and local businesswoman Felice Halliday has signed a deal to open three of the cantinas in the Denver area.
A transplant to Denver from Dallas, Halliday knew the owners of the business in Texas and was interested in starting a franchise after moving here and realizing there are very few businesses in the area like Mutts. With a background in hospitality and a love of dogs, she is ready to bring the Mutts concept to life in Denver.
The restaurant will feature a one- or two-acre off-leash dog park, as well as a dog-friendly restaurant and bar. Dog parents can sign up for a membership play; daily, monthly, or annually, which gives them access to the venue. Monthly memberships will cost around $20, while a day pass will cost just under $10.
Once inside, dogs can frolic in the off-leash area supervised by Mutts staff (aka the Bark Rangers) while their owners partake in food and drink.
Speaking of which, the menu will have boozy and non-boozy libations, food for people, and a special menu just for pups. Special events, breed meetups, and more can be expected once the business opens.
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Michelle Boggs, the managing partner of Mutts Canine Cantina, said in an October press release:
"We are extremely excited to see our vision expand beyond our Texas footprint. With Felice's background and contagious enthusiasm for Mutts, we are 'pawsitive' that she will make a tremendous partner."
In the same press release, Halliday had this to say:
"If you ask someone to describe me it would fall along the lines of foodie and dog lover — that's my M.O. I completely fell in love with the concept and had the opportunity to meet the geniuses behind it."
As of yet, the location and opening date of the first Mutts Canine Cantina in Denver is not known.
Denver has a lot of dog-friendly businesses, but not many that incorporate the idea of a dog park and an eatery, though, the concept is not totally new to Denver. The Watering Bowl is a dog-friendly sports tavern where dogs can roam off-leash in a dog park while their owners enjoy food and cocktails in a casual atmosphere.
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