Dog-friendly bar chain starts sniffing out Denver locations

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The Watering Bowl may need to mark its territory.

The combination dog park, bar and restaurant in Washington Virginia Vale is poised to get competition from Mutts Canine Cantina, a Dallas-based chain preparing to launch in Denver.

Local real estate broker Felice Halliday has signed a three-unit franchise deal with Mutts and wants to open the first one by mid-2020. But first, she needs to sniff out some real estate.

“Rather than just using a backyard space behind a restaurant, these will have 1 to 2 acres dedicated to this,” Halliday said. “Probably just one in central Denver.”

Unlike The Watering Hole, which is free to enter, Mutts Canine Cantina operates on a membership model, which Halliday said will cost around $20 a month. Dog owners also can get a day pass for about half that price, or purchase an annual pass.

The company’s website said that nonmembers who don’t bring dogs can eat at the restaurant without paying for a day pass.

Read more at BusinessDen.com

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