Hospitality goes to the dogs with DineAmic’s pet-centered brunch

(Published April 1, 2019)

Abhinanda Datta, Staff Writer

The brunch scene heats up in spring and Chicago’s DineAmic has created a dog-friendly menu that will allow your pet to chew on some delectable treats while sitting next to you, so you don’t have to leave your beloved pet at home.

According to Cara Zizzo, DineAmic senior PR manager, the inspiration behind the idea stemmed from the company’s general canine-friendly policies.

“We allow corporate employees to bring their dogs to work with them every day. In the past, DineAmic’s restaurant patios allowed dogs on their patios with each dog receiving a treat and bowl of ice water. But last year, we wanted to take a step further,” she said.

Launched last summer, the Puppy Menu includes entrees such as chicken breast, a burger patty and skirt steak, as well as dessert. All entrees are grilled with extra virgin olive oil with no added seasoning. The Woof-Cream dessert has dairy-free whipped cream and is served on an eco-friendly disposable plate.

Since the DineAmic chefs have dogs, making food that would cater to a canine’s tastes was not a huge task.

“We have seen a huge response from dog owners consisting of all sizes to try out the menu. There have been Huskies, French bulldogs, bulldogs, pugs and even dobermans who enjoyed the entrees and dessert specifically catered to the four-legged animal,” Zizzo said.

“The response has been positive from both sides, canines seem to scarf down the meal and their owners love the option.”

Although there have not been any brawls between the dogs, Zizzo has witnessed unbridled excitement.

“A Siberian husky named Wolfgang was so excited to get the food that he finished his meal before the plate was set on the table,” she said.

Bring along Fido as an additional guest to one of the following locations:

· Siena Tavern (51 West Kinzie St./River North neighborhood)

· Bar Siena (832 West Randolph St./West Loop neighborhood)

· Barrio (65 West Kinzie St./River North neighborhood)

· Public House (400 North State St./River North neighborhood)

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