August 26 update:
Unleashed Hounds and Hops reached its crowdfunding goal in less than four hours, doubled it in three days, and has now unveiled stretch goals in its Indiegogo campaign to make the place puppin’ POPPIN’. Our fave: if they reach $50,000, they’ll be able to get agility equipment galore to make our dogs’ zoomies fancier than ever.
There are also new rewards for backers, including a 48-hours-only option: four pup passes for $20 instead of the re-tail $32. Here’s the quick sniff:
August 19 update:
What other doglicious details are the masterminds behind this place dreaming up? They’re so glad you asked:
They’ve also kicked off a crowdfunding campaign, with perks for backers that include your dogger on a Wall of Fame, a private puppy party (oh my dog the softs), and for the ultimutt chow hound, a menu item named after your dog.
August 14 update:
Take a look at these corgi-ous renderings.
It’s not called Unleashed for nothin’. Walk into the main entrance and this dog park view’s gonna be the first thing you and your woofer see (cue maximum excitement). There’s a small-dog area on the right and the main park on the left and beyond for dogs of all sizes to tail up and party down at full speed, whether your pupper’s a turtle or a hare. Unleashed will also have “expertly trained rufferees” in the park to make sure everypawdy’s playing nice.
Next, let’s journey over to that wall-size window on the left:
The bar has its own separate entrance, and looks out onto the dog park so you can keep an eye on your pooch’s im-paw-ressive gymnastics while you woof about that dog life with the human next to you. There’ll be dozens of local, craft brews on tap, delish eats, and of course the best kind of people: dog people.
August 5 update:
Unleashed has announced that dog park admission will be $7.99 per day or $199.99 per year.
Doggos, you’re gonna wanna sit down for this one.
The first blueprints and photos of Unleashed Hounds and Hops have been released, and we’re the first to get our paws on ‘em. This family-run restaurant slash bar slash indoor/outdoor dog park is slated to open in December or January at East Lyndale Avenue, right next to the Minneapolis Farmers Market. (It’ll share a wall with the flower shop.) When it does, it’ll make dog-friendly history in Minnesota.
The bar entry will be right next to the Farmers Market Annex (fetch a bouquet on your way out):
Now let’s take a look inside:
Indoors, the spacious dog run will have a separate area just for smol doggos (sry big bois). There’ll also be a ginormous window between the dining and dog run areas for humans to watch the puppers at play, just as parents watch their kiddos at swimming or gymnastics, except with your favorite child.
We’ll be unveiling blueprints for the transformed outdoor space soon but we’re already drooling over that skyline view.
The human menu will focus on fresh, simple fare like sausages, and the beers will be craft and local. (Like the ones you ruv on our Dog-Friendly Brewery Pass!) There’ll also be a dog menu, which we’re betting will focus on snausages.
To help bring this tail-wagging dream to life, Unleashed Hounds and Hops will launch a crowdfunding campaign on August 20. Different donation levels could land your pooch on the Dog Tag Wall of Fame, or even secure his legacy as the name of a menu item. (Finally, some recognition! It’s about time someone gave him some attention for a change).
And don’t get your leashes in a knot, good boys and girls. Unleashed will be sharing details with us first as they’re finalized, so stay tuned to Sidewalk Dog fur the latest dogvelopments.
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