Waiter, There's a Dog in My Restaurant

Waiter, There's a Dog in My Restaurant

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Waiter, There's a Dog in My Restaurant

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Bringing Fido to your favorite French restaurant? As long as your four-legged friend is on a leash, more and more dining places are starting to say okay.

In Europe, it’s not at all uncommon to see people and their pets in fine dining restaurants. But here in the U.S. it’s been almost unheard of until now.

From coast to coast, an ever-growing number of eating establishments, many of them high-end, are opening their patios to diners who want to share their eating-out experience with their pets, reports Sharon L. Peters, writing for USAToday.

“To appreciate food and life is to appreciate animals, too,” says Art Smith, owner/chef of the chic Art and Soul restaurant on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C, which draws scores of Washingtonians to its canine-welcoming patio every week.

Servers offer fresh bowls of water as well as the “puppy patio menu,” which includes a 3-ounce steak ($5) and homemade doggie granola treats ($5).

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