Dogue, which rhymes with vogue, opened in the trendy Mission District of San Francisco last month. It is thought to be the first restaurant dedicated solely to man’s best friend.
For $75 (NZ$128) per dog, “Bone Appetite” offers a multi-course meal with chicken skin waffles and filet mignon steak tartare with quail egg.
Also included are a mimosa and a baked good for the dog’s owner.
Rahmi Massarweh, a dog owner and classically trained chef, quit his stressful job running a fine dining restaurant to concentrate on his new dog cafe.
Some online critics have expressed outrage at the price of the pampered pets, citing income inequality, gentrification, and homelessness in the city. For the price of the tasting menu, you could purchase at least five large burritos at one of the numerous Mission neighborhood taquerias.
Since opening a month ago, Massarweh says he has received overwhelming support from customers who appreciate having a place to pamper their dogs.
On a recent Sunday, Dogue simultaneously hosted three birthday parties for furry babies.
“I wanted to celebrate him. He is so special to me. He’s my four-legged child and this is the perfect place to do a really nice celebration,” Gledy Espinoza said, as her 11-year-old miniature dachshund Mason enjoyed a bowl of mushroom soup with slices of chicken breast.
We are foodies, and I suppose he is one too now.
Massarweh spends hours cooking and preparing for his service. He estimates that a similar menu for people in the expensive city could cost up to US$500 (NZ$858), and the ingredients he uses are not inexpensive.