BYOD Brunch in Philly

Bring your own dog on Saturdays, all summer
By Marilyn S. D'Angelo, June 2011

When guests stay in Philadelphia’s Kimpton property, the Hotel Palomar, their pets are treated as one of the family. But it’s Square 1682, the hotel’s restaurant, that has taken the furry family experience to a new level—offering Bring Your Own Dog brunches at its outdoor café.

Beginning on June 26, and continuing each Saturday throughout the season, guests, tourists and locals will be able to reserve a table for themselves and their best friends.

Of course, Square 1682 offers brunch to its more traditional guests, but a proper BYOD brunch must have a proper dog menu including a terrine made of summer veggies and an organic chicken gelee, a dish of chorizo, wheat germ and egg, a beef tartare with raw egg, cooked rice and carrots and mini hot dogs. Each menu item is named after one of the staff’s pets, including Chef Tellez’s Maltese/Yorkie mix, Milee.

“I love dogs; a dog is part of the family,” said Executive Chef Guillermo Tellez, the proud parent of a one-and-a-half-year-old. “We’re a dog-friendly hotel, so why not do something that’s dog-friendly for the restaurant?”

Doggie dishes are priced at just $4 and are all served with a bowl of filtered Natura water as well as an organic treat from Doggie Style, a local boutique pet supply chain.

Doggie Style and its local rescue arm, Operation Ava, will be partnering with Square 1682, bringing shelter and rescue dogs to each week’s brunch, for a little exposure, as well as a doggie kissing booth that will benefit Operation Ava.

“We’re glad that hotels are allowing pets and realizing that pets are part of the family,” said Operation Ava’s rescue and adoption coordinator, Ray Little.

Kimpton is the parent company to both the Palomar Hotel and the restaurant, Square 1682 and properties all over the area under its umbrella are dog friendly, allowing guests to bring their animals with them on stays.

Marilyn D’Angelo is a freelance writer from Philadelphia. She resides in Philadelphia with her husband and two Puggles, Babbo and Miley.

Marilyn D'Angelo, a freelance writer, lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two Puggles, Babbo and Miley.

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