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Last updated January 8, 2017

BYOD - Bring Your Own Dog

BYOD is a social hangout for people and their dogs based in Brooklyn

BYOD - Bring Your Own Dog

BYOD is a social hangout for people and their dogs based in Brooklyn

$11,408
pledged of $35,000pledged of $35,000 goal
98
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, January 6 2017 9:33 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated January 8, 2017

About

In short, Bring Your Own Dog (BYOD) is:

  • a social hangout for people and their dogs
  • serving great food and drinks
  • a casual spot where everyone's welcome
  • an extension of your living room/favorite park
The dogs are waiting for BYOD to open
The dogs are waiting for BYOD to open

Why open a dog friendly place?

We love going out after work or to brunch as much as the next person, but we're also those people who "can't make it because we have plans with our dogs." BYOD eliminates this dilemma. 

Too often we feel that, as dog obsessed residents of NYC, there aren't that many options for places, other than parks, to hang out. We want to create THE spot where dogs aren't just tolerated outside the patio fence but welcomed into the space with us.   

For us, dogs aren't just our passion - they are our lives - and we love spending time with them whenever possible.

How will you provide a safe environment for people and dogs?

Our guests' safety is our top priority - human and canine alike. Dog owners are responsible for their own dog's behavior, but we will also have a Bark Ranger on site who will step-in in the event of an escalated issue (and will clean up the occasional accident as well).

Do you have to have a dog to go to BYOD?

Definitely not - we envision it to be a place for puppy parents and their friends - whether they have dogs or not. 

However, we will also be hosting adoption events for people looking to adopt their new best friend

Is that a good business to open?

Here are some hard facts to prove that there is indeed a market for what we seek to create: 

Expenditure on pet-related expenses is constantly on the rise and expected to reach 74.5 Billion Dollars by 2020. The current figure is 64 Billion.

76% of American pet owners like to pamper and spoil their pet and consider their dog a member of the family. 80% of these dog owners express guilt over leaving their dog at home for extended periods of time. 

We have done extensive research and we're confident that this idea is something almost every dog parent has dreamed about.  We also frequent Prospect Park with our dogs, and from conversations with the community that gathers there each morning we've learned that that community is ready and waiting for something like BYOD.

How did BYOD get started?

Totally independently from one another, Verena and Lauren shared the same dream of opening a "dog friends" cafe, and it was a happy accident that their paths crossed. 

Todd, Lauren's fiancee who was working with Verena at the highly regarded restaurant Eleven Madison Park, spoke about Lauren's dream of venturing to open such a cafe. Verena said that she already had the bones of a business plan for exactly the same concept. Todd, of course, put Verena and Lauren in contact with each other. A few days later they all went out to dinner, and a few days after that, BYOD was born.

We truly believe that a dog friendly cafe is something dog owners in the city have been waiting for - just look at the pictures below for proof. People want, and do, take their dogs on the morning coffee run or out to brunch, but imagine if their dogs could come to socialize in a space that had also been designed for their needs, too.

Where will BYOD be located?

For our first location, we will be leasing a space that is within walking distance of Prospect Park.  We are looking at spaces on the boarder of Prospect Heights/Crown Heights and also Fort Greene. 

We are definitely looking at expanding to other parts of New York and other cities as well.

How can you legally allow dogs in a restaurant setting?

Although service dogs are permitted in a food establishment in NYC, other pets are not; however, there is nothing that says a food establishment can't operate right next to a "puppy paradise." To remain compliant with these laws, we are being creative with how to construct and operate a single concept utilizing two adjacent spaces. Food and drinks will be prepared on one "side" but can be consumed in the company of your dog on the other "side." There will be a small division of the spaces that will satisfy the Department of Health, and will allow us to operate within these regulations.

What kind of food and drinks will you be serving?

Our love of animals, not just our own dogs, has lead to the development of our vegetarian menu.  The focus will be on seasonally available produce to create a fresh and vibrant menu. 

For beverages, we will feature a large selection of craft beer, a curated wine list, as well as, Verena's famous lattes (and plenty of other coffee selections).

We will also offer dog treats and will generally refrain from using ingredients which are highly dangerous to dogs (sorry, chocolate lovers, but it's just too risky - we'll have some carob stuff tough).

Isn't it very expensive to open a restaurant?

It definitely is, and we are self-funded so far - however, we need the crowd's help to help us gather the remaining funds we need.

We've been featured in:

Media we've been featured in
Media we've been featured in

 
Verena & Lauren, the founders of BYOD, who can't wait to welcome you at BYOD
Verena & Lauren, the founders of BYOD, who can't wait to welcome you at BYOD

Deutsche Version:

BYOD (“Bee Why O Dee”) steht für Bring Your Own Dog und ist das erste hundefreundliche Restaurant in New York. Anders als in Europa ist es hier nämlich leider aufgrund von gesetzlichen Bestimmungen generell nicht gestattet, Hunde in Restaurants mitzunehmen – es gibt jedoch hunderttausende Hunde, die in New York leben und es haben sich einige Geschäftsmodelle, wie Hundetagesstätten, Dog Walkers etc. bereits bewährt.

Diese Unternehmen zielen jedoch ausschliesslich auf Hunde, jedoch nicht deren Besitzer, ab - genau das wollen wir mit BYOD ändern und einen Ort schaffen, wo man mit seinem Hund hingehen kann und wo beide Spass haben. 

Um dieses Vorhaben legal möglich zu machen, mieten wir zwei nebeneinander liegende Geschäftslokale – in dem einen Teil wird gekocht und das Essen auch bestellt, im anderen Teil kann man sitzen, essen und trinken. Ausserdem wird es einen Garten geben!

BYOD soll ein Lokal sein, das jeder gerne besucht – ob man nun hier lebt, oder nur auf Besuch in NY ist, einen Hund hat, oder nicht. Unsere Speisekarte wird sich saisonal ändern und wir werden so viele regionale Produkte wie möglich in unseren Speisen integrieren – passend dazu ausgewählte Weine und Craft Biere.  

Wir werden unser Lokal in Crown Heights, Brooklyn eröffnen – eine Gegend, die sehr im Kommen ist, und wo viele Hundebesitzer leben. Lauren und Verena haben sich über Laurens Verlobten, mit dem Verena im renommierten Restaurant Eleven Madison Park gearbeitet hat, kennengelernt und hatten beide, unabhängig voneinander, die Idee, ein hundefreundliches Lokal zu eröffnen und so wurde BYOD geboren.

Risks and challenges

Opening a restaurant is never easy, and we are aware that many restaurants fail within a short time after opening.
Both of us have experience in restaurants of varying levels, and also in other industries, all of which will complement this venture. We have a great team of experts behind us who are helping make our vision a reality.

Bringing dogs to bars and restaurants is technically illegal in NYC - however, as of March 2015, it is at the restaurant owner's discretion to decide whether dogs are allowed in outside areas or not (http://legislation.nysenate.gov/pdf/bills/2015/S4327A)

Officially though, dogs cannot be in the areas where food is served or prepared. We have found loopholes to get around this regulation, though.

Since we are planning our first location in Brooklyn, we are aware of the potentially cold winters here - therefore, we will make our outdoor area as pleasant as possible - serving hot drinks (think mulled wine and hot cider), providing blankets and a source of heat (heat lamps, covered fire pits etc).
However, we will, of course, have an indoor area as well.
Essentially, our (human) guests will go to our food/drink establishment, order whatever they'd like and then take it to the seating area next door/outside. We will basically be running two businesses under the same roof.

Human and dog safety are our top priority and we'll have a Bark Ranger on site who will interfere if trouble arises, ultimately, dog owners are responsible for their dog's actions.

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    BYOD Pint Glasses (2)

    "In Dog Beers, I've only had 3!"
    "You can't run with the big dogs if you pee like a puppy"

    (price is for two pint glasses, you may choose which quote you'd like on each)

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    Date w/ your dog!

    A date for you & your best friend!
    You receive a drink and entree of your choosing and your best friend gets their own entree from Evermore Pet Food!
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    Experience BYOD before anyone else does and join us for our pre opening event!
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    Cooking class & apron

    Join us for a fun cooking class - we'll have plenty of options throughout the year including dog treat baking, Asian cooking, Austrian dishes...
    you get to take home a branded apron!

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    Come celebrate your pup's birthday (or adoptaversery!) with us - we'll decorate the space and provide beverage and light snacks for humans and dogs. Party for up to 15 humans and 15 dogs, for 2 hours!

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    Pet Photography Session

    Have professional photos of your pet taken with one of Brooklyn's best pet photographers, Cheyanna De Nicola. (Shoots last 90 minutes & are only available for people in the NYC area.)

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    Our friend and renowned artist Diana Kurz will paint your pet's portrait - a wonderful opportunity to own a unique piece of art - since she will work off your pet's picture, you can live anywhere

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