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Mega-Dog-Friendly Bar Haven Is Coming to Austin

Mutts Canine Cantina is looking to open three locations in the city

Dogs enjoying a rest at Mutts Canine Cantina
Dogs enjoying a rest at Mutts Canine Cantina
Mutts Canine Cantina [Official]

Mutts Canine Cantina, the Dallas-based dog park, restaurant, and bar, is looking to open three locations in Austin. Specifically, it’s targeting four potential areas: Round Rock, West Lake, Leander and Cedar Park, and central/downtown Austin. These new parks/bars will open within the next three years.

The expansion makes sense, since most of Austin is already very dog-friendly. “We knew the Austin area would really embrace the concept of an upscale dog park with a cool cantina attached,” said the Austin franchisees Darrell Landers, Laura Landers, and Lisa Ladewig in a statement.

The way Mutts works: people sign up for one of three membership plans (daily, monthly, or annual), which will gain them access to Mutts. Once there, dogs can run around and play in Mutts’ dog park overseen by staffers while people eat and drink at the restaurant and bar.

Food-wise, there are general American dishes, like chicken sandwiches, burgers, fries, breakfast tacos, and a grilled cheese with crispy pickles. For drinks, there are frozen drinks, boozy and non-boozy milkshakes, wines, and beer.

Dogs can partake in canine-friendly fare: small hot dogs and frozen popsicles made with beef broth, peanut butter, and an edible bone.

The first Mutts opened in 2013 in Dallas by FreeRange Concepts founders Kyle Noonan and Josh Sepkowitz. They expanded with a Fort Worth location in 2018. They’re also eying expansions in Arizona and Nevada.

Austin’s first proper dog park/restaurant/bar Yard Bar opened in August 2015 up in Allandale. Relatedly, there’s dog park and food truck Dog House Drinkery in Leander.

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