A cafe for dogs, with a French chef, opens in San Francisco with a tasting menu at $ 75 – Silicon Valley


By Martine Paris | Bloomberg

Downtown San Francisco could be deserted as many residents continue to work remotely. But in the nearby hipster enclave of the Mission, the city has literally gone dog-friendly. At the end of September, Dogue, a gastronomic experience for dogs, opened its doors.

Located at 988 Valencia, a few blocks from where the founder of Doge Coin once hosted a crypto hangout, Canine Candle Cafe serves up a raw dog treat. Its “Pawtisserie” offers doggucinos with seasonal pastries including a coconut shortbread biscuit and a golden pastry cake, made with all organic ingredients, including pasture cream, turmeric and oil. of coconut. On Sundays, the storefront transforms into a “Bone Appetite Cafe” offering tailored meal plans tailored to the dog’s age, weight, activity level and special dietary needs. Prices aren’t listed on the website, but SF Chronicle pegs the tasting menu at $75.

For puppies with allergies, Dogue is a complete game-changer, enthuses one five-star reviewer on Yelp.

“The owner has a classical background in French cooking and has certainly shown his genius through his puppies pastries. They are gorgeous and completely healthy for your dog. Each pastry is $15 and it’s a work of art,” said Ann L.

Owner Rahmi Massarweh, a French chef based in San Francisco, aims to bring his unique brand of fresh, seasonal foods to pet parents. In a town known for having more pooches than babies, he might be onto something.

Pet catering has become big business in the United States. Americans spent more than $123 billion on their furry companions between 2019 and 2021, according to the American Pet Products Association, and the National Retail Federation estimates that $710 million will be spent on pets this Halloween.

Fancy restaurants have been adding special menu items for Fido since 2014, when dogs were allowed to eat outdoors in California. Eater San Francisco has followed the trend and notes that Michelin-starred Angler is delighting dogs with free salmon and chicken cookies topped with “caviar,” while Tacolicious is hosting a weekly Barklet Happy Hour with chews.” churros”.

“Our first ‘Bone Appetit’ cafe was a hit, we had some wonderful dogs (and pet parents) coming in for a meal today,” Dogue reported on his Instagram Reel.

The post detailed the three-course tasting menu which included chicken bone broth soup made with a whole chicken, simmered with unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar for eight hours and infused with organic chaga mushrooms. A second course included a chicken skin waffle and charcoal flan, while the main course, a hand-cut, grass-fed steak tartare, was dressed with quail eggs and baby sprouts. organic broccoli.

Fit for humans, the website touts – but made for dogs. Only in San Francisco.

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