About 38 percent of Americans owned a dog in 2016, compared to 25 percent who owned a cat. Dogs need regular exercise to stay healthy, so it makes sense for their owners to take them on lots of walks.
But some dog owners aren’t just taking them down the street or to a dog park. They’re taking them out to lunch or dinner. Dogs in restaurants are a common sight, especially in cities with a reputation for being pet-friendly.
Keep reading to find out more about why dining with pets is a good business decision for an increasing number of eateries.
It Encourages Patio Dining
Restaurants for dogs get around this by offering plentiful outdoor seating. In most cases, the health department has no problem with a leashed dog sitting by your table on the patio.
Restaurants in warmer climates can offer patio dining most of the year. But if you live in a colder climate, you’ll notice more dogs in restaurants around April or May.
There’s nothing better than celebrating the end of winter with a spring cocktail on the patio, especially if you have your dog with you.
It Creates a Homier Atmosphere
Dorothy had a point when she said, “There’s no place like home.” You can relax at home. That’s harder to do at a restaurant.
But smart restaurants can create a homier atmosphere by allowing dogs. Let’s look at an example of how this might work.
You come home from work and get greeted by your dog. It’s time for his walk. But you also have to make dinner, even though you really don’t feel like cooking.
But if you have a restaurant for dogs within walking distance, you can take care of both problems at once. You can take your dog for his walk, stop for dinner, and then take your dog back home, all without having to worry about preheating the oven.
People eat out for convenience. It many cases, they feel guilty about being at work all day, coming home to see their dog for a few minutes, then immediately leaving to eat at a restaurant. Guilt is not a convenient feeling.
Love Me, Love My Dog
Someone who has never visited a restaurant will judge it in part on the clientele. A person who loves pets may be more likely to eat at a restaurant that also welcomes four-legged friends.
A restaurant that wants to seem high-class will do things like require men to wear collared shirts. But an eatery that wants to be seen as casual and welcoming can boost its reputation by allowing dogs.
For extra credit, restaurants can offer bones or treats to every good dog that stops by with their person.
Dogs in Restaurants
Allowing dogs in restaurants doesn’t only benefit customers. Many restaurant owners and employees are dog owners. While they can’t bring their dog to work, they can interact with customers’ canines.
At Bull Creek Distillery, we love both good brews and good dogs. If you’re looking to learn more about what we do, feel free to stop by with or without your dog.