Two dogs at the Lakewood Growler (photo by David "Big Wood" Heidle)

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Dallas Health Department Cracks Down on Dogs in Restaurants

Nooooooooooo!

On occasion, I have been known to visit a place called the Lakewood Growler. Okay, more than on occasion. I go frequently enough that I know most of the regulars, including those with four feet. Since its opening, in 2014, the Growler has welcomed pooches. Partly that’s because Dee’s Doggie Den is right next door. People pick up their dogs then pop in for a pint. More often that not, especially on the weekends, you’ll find a dog in the Growler, curled up under a table. Well, not anymore. A health inspector showed up yesterday and dropped the hammer. No more dogs. The Health Department is apparently cracking down on good puppy dogs all over the city. A number of brewery tap rooms have also been told they can longer cater to our four-legged friends.

Now look. Dogs aren’t allowed in restaurants. Obviously. Here are the rules. They’re only allowed on patios, and the owners of said patios have to apply for permission from the city. But dogs and beer go together, I’m sure everyone will agree. As long as no one is preparing or serving food, I don’t see why dogs can’t hang out and look cute and get petted behind their fluffy ears. In fact, I think the city code should be rewritten to require that breweries and beer bars have at least one dog on premises during hours of operation. Forget the pension crisis. This is the real issue facing the city of Dallas. 

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Comments

  • PeterTx52

    the only food that the growler serves is popcorn and not recently since the popcorn machine was broken.
    Wonder which Growler customer called in a complaint? and it must have been someone new to the Growler

  • bill holston

    I am skeptical of this claim sir.

  • DubiousBrother

    I stopped in at a local dog friendly place a couple of weeks ago that stores something, not sure what, in an ice chest that was sitting on the ground. A lady with her dog on a leash was talking to one of the staffers. As they were talking, the dog peed on the side of the ice chest. They both just laughed. As we all know, once one dog does it, they all will do it. That is just gross. The ice chest now sits on some crates to lift it off the ground though, maybe for better drainage.

  • A. B.

    Taco Diner at Preston Center has a patio but it is completely enclosed in colder weather so it really is more like part of the regular restaurant. I was there a few months ago and a couple had brought their dog, which sat in the husband’s lap and proceeded to eat off the table. I was also there when a group brought in a large dog–I think it was a weimaraner– that was unruly and kept bumping into our table and breathing its doggy breath all over us. I don’t mind dogs in general (I have one myself) but it would be nice if their human companions took the lead on knowing what is and isn’t acceptable when dining out with their canine guests. Restaurant management might also need a course in what is and isn’t acceptable when humans and canines dine together.

  • The health inspector told the folks at the Growler that they’d also told some breweries that could no longer allow dogs inside. I might have overstated it a bit with the word “crackdown,” but that’s what happened.

  • leshall

    Growing up in the UK I was used to seeing dogs in pubs. The dogs were normally very well behaved and would just sit at their owner’s feet. They were always leashed and would rarely cause any fuss. They were fixtures just like the locals.

    I was in a dive bar in OC the other week and a cute mini poodle was walking up and down the bar. She would jump down on a stool next to you to get a pet. Nobody cared, it was amusing, sweet. Maybe if I had licked the bar I might have contracted something, but none of us gave a tinker’s cuss.

    I used to take my old Fox Terrier to a bar in Deep Ellum and sit on the patio. They would bring out a bowl of Guinness for Baxter and he would lap it up and nod off.

    Methinks that some parent might have contacted the Health Department. I find children’s presence in bars much more offensive than dogs.

    • Russ Lambert

      Agree re: children. But at least a parent annoyed with the presence of dogs in a bar/brewery (or even non-parents) can vote with their feet to go to any number of alternative establishments. Dog friendly = apparently zero indoor options now?

  • Russ Lambert

    Amen. Couldn’t have said it better CD. I get the restriction for restaurants where food is served, but breweries and beer/wine only places? Really? If not breweries, where can anyone go when its 90-100 degrees out and the patio is untenable for both humans and canines? Just don’t get it…..maybe pet stores are going to have to start seeking alcohol licenses so we have somewhere to go enjoy a beverage without threat of heat stroke….