Dogs and Suds

Restaurants, breweries put out the welcome mat for dogs.
Dog-friendly venues are on the rise. Rooney and his owner, Jennifer Kaeding enjoy an indoor visit at Waconia Brewing Company.

Jennifer Kaeding admits her dog, Rooney, is spoiled. The easygoing Bernese mountain dog spends lots of time tagging along with Kaeding and her family. “We take him to as many places as we can,” says Kaeding.

Rooney is a frequent visitor to her office—Kaeding Architecture—located above the Waconia Brewing Company. Sometimes, after a long Friday,  the duo goes downstairs to unwind. The brewery allows dogs outside on its patio during warmer months and inside the seating area—which is walled off from the brew house—year-round.

In the last decade, Ali Jarvis, CEO and founder of Sidewalk Dog Media, says the canine-friendly scene in the Twin Cities has boomed.

Many food and drinking establishments in the Southwest Metro are keeping up with the demand. Unlike Waconia Brewing, dogs can only frequent outdoor seating areas in most of these businesses. (Service dogs are another matter.)

Linnea Boyd, owner of Ruby’s Roost Bakery & Cafe in Victoria, says it has many customers who stop by for a cup of coffee and sit outside after taking their dog to a local off-leash dog park.

For dogs frequenting its outdoor patio, Enki Brewing in Victoria offers a dog biscuit made from its spent grain, and a dog-themed event for August is in the works.

According to BringFido, which bills itself as the world’s leading dog-friendly website, some restaurants provide four-legged guests such amenities as bowls of water, treats and even doggie menus.

“Everybody wants to have their pet with them, whether it’s a peacock or a dog,” says John Hayes, Enki co-owner. “We’re just going to embrace that people like to have their dogs with them.” But Enki doesn't allow dogs inside. “You also have to be respectful of guests who don’t want dogs around them,” he says.

While most patrons welcome dogs, Jarvis admits some are wary. “Encouraging dog owners to follow etiquette is so important to us,” he says. “That means only bring your dog if they’re suited for life in public, keep them on a short leash and make sure all four paws are on the ground all times, not on the furniture. We want it to be enjoyable for everyone, not just dog owners.”  

Going to the dogs
Leashed, well-behaved dogs can accompany owners on outdoor patios of the following southwest metro establishments. Service dogs are the only four-legged guests allowed indoors (other than Waconia Brewing Company). Water is available upon request unless otherwise noted. (Both Starbucks and Caribou coffee shops with outdoor seating allow dogs in those areas.)

Brindisi’s Pub: 501 W. 78th St.; Water bowls are provided.
Buffalo Wild Wings: 550 W. 79th St.
Chick-fil-A: 445 W. 79th St.
Chipotle Mexican Grill: 560 W. 79th St.
ChuckWagon Charlie’s Smokehouse & Saloon: 545 W. 78th St.
Culver’s: 450 Pond Promenade
Davanni’s Pizza: 464 Lake Drive
Einstein Bros. Bagels: 7824 Market Blvd.
Potbelly Sandwich: 7905 Great Plains Blvd.

Chaska City Diner: 222 N. Chestnut St.
Crooked Pint Ale House: 3210 Chaska Blvd.
Culver’s: 180 Pioneer Trail
Cy’s Bar & Grill: 500 N. Pine St.
Dairy Queen: 2935 N. Chestnut St.
Dunn Brothers Coffee: 100 E. 2nd St.; Water bowls are provided.
Heartbreaker’s Bar & Grill: 222 Pioneer Trail E.; Dog outings occasionally planned.
Pasta Zola: 188 Pioneer Trail
Qdoba: 194 Pioneer Trail
Red Bench Bakery: 500 N. Chestnut St.; Dog treats are planned.
Tommy’s Malt Shop: 2 River Bend Place; Dogs need to stay at the owner’s table.
Willy McCoys: 320 Pioneer Trail; Water bowls are provided.

Campiello: 6411 W. Pkwy. Water bowls are provided
Chipotle Mexican Grill: 13250 Technology Drive
Crumb Gourmet Deli: 7910 Mitchell Road
Culver’s: 13550 Technology Drive
Dairy Queen: 16340 Terry Pine Drive
Davanni’s Pizza: 8061 Flying Cloud Drive
Erbert & Gerbert’s: 12575 Castlemoor Drive
Freeziac: 16532 W. 78th St.
Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom: 12300 Singletree Lane
The Original Pancake House: 549 Prairie Center Drive
Panera Bread: 8251 Flying Cloud Drive
Pei Wei Asian Diner: 12561 Castlemoor Drive
Peoples Organic Cafe: 990 Prairie Center Drive
Piper’s Coffee & Burger Bar: 7942 Mitchell Road; Dog treats are available by request.
Punch Pizza: 8353 Crystal View Road
Rustica: 8107 Eden Prairie Road
Tavern 4&5: 16396 Wagner Way; Water bowls are provided.
TeaSource: 561 Prairie Center Drive

ENKI Brewing Company: 1495 Stieger Lake Lane;  Special treats formulated from the spent grain are planned.
The Noble Lion: 7490 Victoria Drive
Ruby’s Roost Bakery & Coffee: 7924 Victoria Drive; Organic dog biscuits for sale, water bowls provided.
School of the Wise: 1750 Tower Blvd.
The Social Ice Cream Parlor: 1700 Steiger Lake Lane
Vic’s Bar and Grill: 7900 Quamoclit St.; Water and treats are available.
Victoria House: 1715 Steiger Lake Lane

Culver’s: 10710 10th St.
Ground Round Grill & Bar: 520 Cherry Drive
Waconia Brewing Company: 255 W. Main St.; Dogs allowed in and out. Water and treats are available.
Lola’s Lakehouse: 318 E. Lake St.; Dogs allowed on the bar deck, which can be reached by walking on the side of the building near the boat ramp.