Yappy Hour with Man’s Best Friend

Some people prefer the cozy companionship of a friendly rescue mutt. Others would only consider acquiring a canine with a well-known, reputable bloodline. Whatever your pup’s background, any dog owner would agree your four-legged friend is a cherished part of the family. And, provided your dog has some basic table manners, they are welcome to join you and your human family at several local establishments this summer.



The Fitger’s complex has long been known as a dog-friendly building. Stepping it up a notch, your favorite furry friend is now invited to Doggie Happy Hour, taking place every Tuesday this summer from 5 – 8 pm (weather permitting) at Midi’s Tiki Bar in the Fitger’s courtyard.
Patrons are welcome to stop in to A Place for Fido in the Fitger’s complex to pick up a goody bag containing food and treat samples, as well as a clean-up bag for your pup. Midi also features dog-themed cocktails for human companions. Although the official happy hour event takes place on Tuesdays, dogs are welcome outdoors at Midi’s Tiki Bar any day of the week.

 DSC_8024“When people bring their dogs to outdoor patios, they are usually already socialized to behave. There is a certain amount of decorum that’s expected, but no written rules.”





For many years, the Grandma’s family of restaurants has opened its decks and patios to canine diners. The only exception, according to Grandma’s Restaurant Company President, Brian Daugherty, is Bellisio’s. “The patio at Bellisio’s was originally dog-friendly, which ended up making it less people-friendly,” he shares.
Grandma’s Saloon & Grill in Canal Park has a beautiful patio located right off the front door where servers will generously spoil your doggie companion with treats and a nice cool bowl of water. Grandma’s Sports Garden’s harbor-side patio is another great option.
Little Angie’s Cantina and Grill offers the ultimate pet patio. Treats and water are available, and it is a popular spot for your pet to “see and be seen,” and for owners to socialize, dine, and grab a beverage. And, Grandma’s Saloon & Grill on Miller Hill
recently completed construction of an outdoor patio and fire pit where customers can proudly dine with their pets.
“When people bring their dogs to outdoor patios, they are usually already socialized to behave. There is a certain amount of decorum that’s expected, but no written rules,” says Daugherty.


Many locals and tourists alike are drawn to the Chester Creek Café for its eclectic vibe and interesting menu. But another great amenity is their pet-friendly patio. In the summertime, dogs are allowed to join their owners on the Café’s deck/patio facing 19th Avenue East, which is conveniently fenced in, making it safe and cozy for your pooch. The outdoor seating area offers southern exposure, making the fleeting warmth of summer days that much sweeter.
Bringing your dog along with you is not only a fun experience, but an important safety measure, too. Chester Creek Café server Sonja Helland makes an excellent point: “It’s nice that we offer this policy, so people don’t have to leave their dog in the hot car.”


Sir Ben’s in Duluth is another restaurant/tavern where dogs are welcome. Their beautiful patio overlooking Lake Superior is the perfect place to bring your entire family, Fido included, to dine and perhaps indulge in a beverage. Sir Ben’s will even offer your dog a treat from locally-owned Brewfully Inspired.
Owner Josh Stotts has definitely noticed an uptick in Duluth’s dog friendly trend over the years.
“With the inclusion of several dog parks, the Lakewalk expansion, and the well-known presence of rescue organizations such as Animal Allies, Duluth has earned a reputation as a very dog friendly city,” he shares.


Duluth is famous for many wonderful things, and pet friendliness is yet another shimmering facet of the jewel inspiring our deep hometown pride. If you plan to dine out this summer, consider visiting a restaurant where you can invite the whole family, including your well-behaved
canine friends.
So, sit … stay … eat. Your friendly dog, with its joyfully wagging tail, will be a welcome and treasured guest.

Written By Andrea Busche for Duluth.com the Magazine. Check out the July/August 2016 issue on newsstands now.