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Mutts Cantina Gives Pets and Parents an ‘Oasis’ With Cocktails


The way pet parenting should be, at a Mutts Canine Cantina.

The urban pet owner experience looks kind of sad to me, a former farm girl who believes pets should run madly around outside all day and night while their parents enjoy cocktails on the porch, not be confined on a leash or in a teeny, tiny dog park with their human pooper scoopers standing glumly nearby. So a newly franchised concept called Mutts Canine Cantina sounds genius.

The Dallas-based Mutts provides “a unique urban oasis for dogs and their owners,” featuring a walk-up bar offering local craft beer, a full bar famous for its Barkaritas, HD TVs and Adirondack lounge chairs throughout the small or large adjacent dog parks.

Each Mutts location will have two fully enclosed, fenced lawn spaces, one each for small and large breeds, that expand over an acre of land. “This gives pups the space to release energy, exercise, run freely and play safely in both shaded and unshaded areas, while their owners relax and socialize,” the release says.

The concept was created in 2013 by Kyle Noonan and Josh Sepkowitz, founders of FreeRange Concepts. Michelle Boggs and Ron Roys are the managing partners of Mutts, who will both be leading franchise development efforts. Total initial investment ranges from $906,000 to $1.25 million.

Noonan thinks the concept will “disrupt the franchise space,” and judging from the pictures with people relaxing in lawn chairs and chit-chatting while their pets play—and did I mention there’s cocktails?—he’s on to something.

 If only they had something like that for human parents when my kids were little, and all those endless hours at the playground would have been a lot more fun.

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