The first “pet restaurant” is set to open in Texas, where pets can come to enjoy a well-balanced and delicious meal.
The Pawtio will feature gourmet food for pets and occasionally their humans. There will be live music, a minibar, and an art gallery for the humans to look at while their pets are dining. Customers will be greeted by a colorful, talkative macaw named Samba.
The pet menu features a wide range of holistic and balanced meals for the animals, from appetizers, entrees, and desserts to even pet-friendly cocktails called ‘lickers.’ Due to health regulations, Pawtio’s kitchen is dedicated entirely to making pet food. For humans, there will be food stocks outside. There will also be a beer garden with local brews, kombucha on tap, and canned cocktails.
Pet shop owners, Giulio and Carolina Ferrari, came up with this incredible idea. They have owned the animal store, The Paw Depot, for twelve years. Their new pet restaurant will be just a block away from their pet shop. The pair have a passion for animals, food, music, and art, so why not combine them all? They are ecstatic to open the Pawtio.
“You won’t find another place in D-FW where you can see amazing art, listen to great music, talk to friends, sit, stay, sip and give your dog a bone… or a full-course meal if you choose,” Giulio told Tina-Tien Nguyen with The Dallas News.
They believe to generate a memory, a successful retail experience should always appeal to the five senses. The Pawtio is located in Frisco Square, naturally attracting people walking their dogs. The Ferraris want this to be a nonjudgemental place for all humans and animals.
The restaurant will take on a bohemian-chic theme with Tulum inspiration. There is a blue theme, and there are even feathered chandeliers. Dogs can only see blue, yellow, and shades of gray, so it was essential for blue to be the primary color in the pet-staurant.
Carolina told The Dallas News, “We wanted to create something that was a contemporary mix of modern day design and with pops of blue into the aesthetics for the dogs. It creates a much more relaxing, peaceful environment for them to eat in.”
The pair said that it wasn’t easy to get the city to approve of this, and after many health and safety discussions, they finally got the green light.
“Being the first to do anything is always hard. I had a really hard time to get this concept accepted through the city,” Giulio said. “I had to talk to plenty of city council members, technicians and the head of the health department in order to get this business concept approved.”
The Pawtio will open on March 12th at 6142 Frisco Square Blvd in Frisco, Texas. The Ferarri’s are so excited to share this with the community.
Carolina told The Dallas News, “we have been through a lot the last couple of years, and we all need to heal. We lack places to do that healing. Pets and food help people drop their shields, while art and music help people to connect and heal. These are all the things that have helped Giulio and I to heal from all of the scars and trauma in our life.”
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