Many new business owners are looking for a gimmick; something that will set them apart from others running a similar business. That led one person to suggest to me that I look into pet friendly restaurants.
Burgers, barbecues and live bands are cliche. What if you open a restaurant where owners and their pets are both welcomed? Although not all that common yet, the idea is growing. Many restaurants with outdoor areas are making that area pet friendly. Some will even bring your dog a bowl of water.
The truth is that eateries and pubs where animals are allowed in are not uncommon in other developed countries. Even some third world nations have places where parched farmers can bring in their horses, cows, sheep or goats for a drink and listen to music from a jukebox. I’m calling to all you business entrepreneurs out there! If you’re the kind of person who has the money to invest and loves pets, these following ideas could very well earn you fame and money.
Being realistic, many of us pet lovers feel guilty whenever we leave our pets every time we go on a vacation or to celebrate with loved ones in a restaurant. Well, pets are also one of our loved ones and we want them to be with us on such occasions. Other places in Asia have at least one or two pet-friendly establishments in every major city. Some believe that if can tolerate smokers in public places, why not pets? They certainly don’t contribute to health hazards. Many are certainly better-behaved than most teenagers and they don’t shoplift. Chef’s Aprons
Most large pet stores are located inside malls, but we can’t even bring our pets to these places so they could choose their own paraphernalia. What about pets whose owners don’t own cars or other private transportation, have they no right to ride the public transportation? I may sound like an animal rights activist, but, let’s put it plainly, pet lovers are people who are ready to part with their money to please their pets. This only means one thing: If your establishment is pet-friendly, you’ll be earning a lot… think about it.
China, since the Ancient times has had tea houses where people and their pet birds are welcome. Owners, after taking their songbirds out for their morning walk, can sit and drink tea, read the morning newspaper and talk with other bird-lovers. Japan is another nation that treats pets with equality when it comes to dining out and staying in hotels. It only started recently in the 90’s, many hotel chains allowed owners to bring their pets with them and even provided special feline or canine menus for their four-footed guests. The result was they had guests coming back, which meant more earnings for their establishments.
Korea is another country that is opening its restaurants to furry and feathered clients. Guests can dine with their pets to celebrate special occasions or just to have some fun and eat good food. Similarly, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong are being rumored to start opening the same kind of service to some posh pets.
America and the rest of Europe were the first to come up with this unique kind of establishment, but recently, such pet-friendly places are sprouting up and booming with business. It is estimated that an average American will spend several thousand dollars annually for a beloved pet, a great percent of that finds its way into the pockets of the owners of these pet establishments.