BY TINA KLUGMAN
Where Fido Is Welcome: Pet-Friendly Businesses in KC Many people consider pets part of their family. If you feel bad leaving your four-legged family member at home when you go out on family outings, there are plenty of pet-friendly places you can bring your pup to get some fresh air, grab a treat, or people watch! If you love to shop, you’ll be happy to learn many shopping centers not only allow dogs in the outdoor areas, but inside some of their stores as well. Many stores at The Legends at Village West and The Country Club Plaza are dog-friendly and leave water bowls outside. Don’t leave the Plaza without stopping by Three Dog Bakery, the original bakery for dogs.
Now that the weather is finally nice, many places are opening up their patios. By law, nonservice dogs are not allowed inside of restaurants, but some restaurants have patios where you can bring your leashed, well-mannered dogs. It’s always a good idea to call ahead before visiting a restaurant with your pets. Bring your own water bowl or ask a barista or bartender for one. (It’s also a good idea to bring your own treats.) Westport, Kansas City’s original entertainment district, is a great open-air neighborhood for leisurely strolls. Leashed dogs are also welcome at the open-air farmers market that runs from 4:30–7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays from May to October. If you want to grab a drink or a bite to eat, Californos has a large and pet-friendly deck. Or, visit McCoy’s Public House’s spacious patio, where you can enjoy a beer, and your dog can enjoy a bowl of water and the occasional dog treat. Some other metro-area restaurants that have pet-friendly patios include: • Aixois Bistro, a classic French bistro located in Brookside • Blue Moose Bar & Grill in Prairie Village • The Farmhouse, a farm-to-table-style restaurant in the River Market • SPIN! Pizza’s numerous locations around the city • Blue Bird Bistro, which serves organic food, and is located at 17th and Summit • The Westside Local, also at 17th and Summit (this place gets packed quickly, so call ahead) If your pets don’t mind large crowds, First Fridays in the Crossroads Arts District is a great opportunity to take them on a fun and unique outing. On the first Friday of every month, people flock to the Crossroads in Kansas City to enjoy art and live entertainment. Most of the art galleries are happy to have your dog! A bonus is that many restaurants in the area have pet-friendly patios. Remember to give them a call before stopping by!