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Ann Arbor Restaurants Unveil Dog-Friendly Patio Menu


Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

Two Ann Arbor restaurants are catering a patio menu exclusively to dogs. Grizzly Peak Brewing Co. and Old German unveiled their "Pups on the Patio" menu today, which features dishes for your pooch. The canine-friendly concept was developed by general manager Stacy Baird. As a pet owner — her adorable Chihuahua-Pug mix is named Shandy — with prior experience at a pet-friendly hotel, Baird says in a release that she saw an opportunity to create a special experience for Ann Arbor's many dog lovers. "On Saturdays and Sundays, we often see a dozen or more dogs on our patios with their owners. We think our pup patrons should be able to have a meal too."

The puppy menu features an assortment of bar bites including a Pup Patty (cheeseburger patty on a house bun), a Skinny Dog (salmon or chicken over rice), a Top Dog (hanger steak slices over potatoes), and a Poochy Cream (vanilla ice cream topped with peanut butter sauce and a dog treat). Diners can check out the menu on the S. Ashley Street Old German patio or on Grizzly Peak's W. Washington Street patio. A portion of the proceeds from the pet menu will go to the Huron Valley Humane Society where Baird volunteers.

Of course, this isn't the first time a restaurant has developed dog-friendly dishes. The Dog Cafe is a surprisingly successful fido-loving venture in Baltimore and land of weird pop-ups concepts, London, welcomed a "holistic" pop-up with five-course dog dinners last year. Being a brewery, perhaps Grizzly Peak should consider developing a beer especially for its new dog patrons.

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