The Hippo


Jul 19, 2019








Pet-friendly eateries

Here are a few local places you can bring your pet when you want to dine out.

• Anheuser-Busch Biergarten (221 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 595-1202, hosts Yappy Hour events in the outdoor section, where every pup gets a bowl of water. This year, Yappy Hour takes place on May 9, June 13, July 11, Aug. 8 and Sept. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Oct. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. Yappy Hour-themed shirts, dog collars and other merchandise can be purchased in the gift shop.
Beefside (106 Manchester St., Concord, 228-0208, serves pets on the patio, as it has for the past five or six years. Dogs can chow down on hamburgers, hot dogs, roast beef, eggs and toast.
Bre’s Ice Creamery (259 E. Main St., East Hampstead, 974-2708, allows leashed, well-behaved dogs in the inside lobby area, where they can eat Casey’s Canine Cup, made from vanilla soft-serve, kibbles and a dog bone.
Bruster’s Ice Cream (621 Amherst St., Nashua, 881-9595, offers free doggie sundaes made with a small scoop of vanilla and a dog bone inside. Leashed dogs on their best behavior can enter the inside lobby area.
Cheers Grille & Bar (17 Depot St., Concord, 228-0180, offers a pet-friendly patio during the summer where pets are given a bowl of water.
Firefly American Bistro & Bar (22 Concord St., Manchester, 935-9740, allows all pets in the outdoor patio section and service animals indoors.
Goldenrod Restaurant Drive-In (1681 Candia Road, Manchester, 623-9469, allows pets in the outside dining area and service animals inside. They’ll often field requests for vanilla soft-serve for dogs to eat.
Murphy’s Taproom (494 Elm St., Manchester, 644-3535, allows pets in the outdoor patio area during the summer.
Republic (1069 Elm St., Manchester, 666-3723, allows pets in its small outside area in front of the restaurant during the warmer months and makes organic dog bones in-house.
• T-Bones (25 S. River Road, Bedford, 641-6100, has a full menu of pet foods chock full of beef, bacon and cheese and ranging in price from $2.99 to $5.99 (ice cream is $1.99). The pet-friendly area is at the outside terrace, which is closed in the winter.

Dine with dogs
Bring your mutt to a pet-friendly restaurant

By Ryan Lessard

 While the state’s health code rarely allows pets inside a restaurant unless they are service animals, many establishments have designated outdoor areas friendly to terriers and retrievers alike.

In some cases, dog-friendliness is woven into the cultural fabric of a place largely because its owners are dog-lovers themselves. 
At Bre’s Ice Creamery in East Hampstead, owner Deb Rogers-Thornton brings her dogs with her everywhere and they often accompany her at the ice cream shop, which she opened in 2013.
“They are a very important part of my life and we’re together almost always,” Rogers-Thornton said. “I have been home with Casey ever since she was a puppy, so I didn’t think it was fair to all of a sudden start a business and leave her home.”
Casey is her chocolate lab. Rogers-Thornton created a menu item for dogs named after Casey called Casey’s Canine Cup, which is a cup of vanilla soft-serve ice cream with kibbles and a dog bone. 
Another item, for humans, called the Diva’s Dog Dish Challenge (10 scoops of ice cream, whipped cream, nuts and cherries) is named after her black lab, Diva. 
People love to bring their dogs to the shop, Rogers-Thornton said, and customers often ask to see her dogs.
“I think I have some customers who come more for the dogs than the ice cream. But our ice cream’s really good too,” she said.
One of the pioneers of dog menus in the state is Tom Boucher, owner and CEO of T-Bones. The Bedford location has long had a dog menu with items for dogs to enjoy at the outdoor terrace area that’s open in the spring, summer and fall.
Boucher said he first came up with the idea when he saw a pet menu at a place while traveling through Washington, D.C., with his wife.
“We just thought it was a great idea,” Boucher said.
The restaurant makes its own doggie treats in the form of biscuits in the shape of a big T. Each dog gets a free bowl of water, and the food items are named after the dogs of the owners and employees. 
Perhaps one of the more popular menu items, Moe’s Bowl, a bowl of ground beef, whole-grain rotini, cheese and bacon, is named after Boucher’s bulldog Moe, who died last November. 
Other menu items include Zoe’s Tasty Tips and Boo’s Bacon Wrap Bites. There is also a vanilla ice cream dessert with dog biscuit sprinkles.
Boucher said he’s going to be changing the dog menu, dubbed Tails on the Terrace, later this year, though he’s not yet sure what the changes will entail.
“I’ll leave that up to my dog chefs,” Boucher said. 

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