Going out for lunch can be a drag for dog lovers who can’t be away from their pooches for too long. If you’re one of these people, and you find yourself in the Swedish town of Gothenburg, you’re in for a treat. And so is your dog.
The Avenyfamiljen restaurant chain has just added a menu specifically for pups. Now, you can enjoy a fresh meal while your doggy wolfs down cod or organic beef right next to you.
“Most dogs prefer the beef, and they usually take their meals on the floor near to the feet of their owners,” said restaurant owner Tobias Hamberg in an interview with AFP.
Food on the doggy menu is purchased ready-made from a company in Stockholm. A doggy meal will cost you about $6, 50 kroners or 5 euros.
“Dog Beer” Coming Soon
An imitation bar will start serving non-alcoholic “Dog Beer” in July. So, feel free to slam some cold ones with your dog this summer. Not too many though. You don’t want your dog walking you home.
Restaurant owner Tobias Hamberg says his eatery has always allowed dogs through its doors. But they thought it was time to make them feel a bit more welcomed.
“For a couple of years we’ve allowed dogs into our restaurants – the next step was to offer water bowls, and now we also offer a special dog menu,” Hamberg told AFP.
Hamberg says he introduced the doggy menu to attract new customers who can’t be away from their dogs for more than an hour.
“Food service is a very competitive market – we always need to find new ways to make competitive offers for our customers. At the moment we just allow dogs. But who knows – in the future we might build restaurants just for animals,” he joked.
Homemade Doggy Meals
If you’re not ready to pack your bags and whip out your passport just yet, Hamberg offers a homemade doggy meal recipe via The Bark.com.
Mix the following ingredients and garnish with chopped nettles.
- 1/3 parts raw game chopped into small pieces
- 1/3 parts grated vegetables (carrots, parsnip, turnip, cabbage, etc.)
- 1/3 parts boiled rice