February 2, 2009

Pooch-friendly pub shuts doors on dogs

The owner of a pub in Raleigh, N.C., says he'll comply with health regulations banning dogs but he's not so sure his canine friends will understand.

Super Bowl Sunday marked the last Sunday dogs would be allowed to frolic and dine with their owners at Lenny's Hideway, restaurant owner Ed Schultz said.

Schultz started his canine Sunday soirees three months ago as a way to spend more time with his basset hound, Miss Chief, pronounced mischief, the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer reported Monday.

Schultz said a misunderstanding with county health inspectors led him to believe he could have poochy patrons, who included Buddy, a mellow, massive droopy-eyed black Labrador.

The Hideaway quickly became popular with dog owners who could eat and watch football while their dogs played with each other. Only once did two dogs face off and snarl, Schultz said.

Obviously, the service is not the best that you've ever seen, said Schultz. But the food is good, and they come for the camaraderie.