Philly dogs will soon have their day at an exciting new hangout spot designed specifically for pups and their human friends. Sam and Allison Mattiola are opening the city’s newest canine haven, the Boozy Mutt, later this year.
What Now Philadelphia spoke with Sam about the process of turning the Boozy Mutt from a dream to a puppy paradise. Mattiola states that the restaurant, located at 2639 Poplar Street, has its permits squared away and is hoping to finish construction within the next month or so.
“Allison and I are newcomers in this space, so there have been some challenges, but we’re at a point where we’re comfortable with the health department…we’re on the right path.”
While Sam and Allison are hoping to open their doors by late November, the pair is prioritizing creating a secure, comfortable, and welcoming environment for all guests over adhering to a specific debut date. “We want to make sure everyone-dogs and humans-are safe and comfortable”, Mattiola explains.
The building will have three distinct areas and will accommodate between 100 and 150 people and 40 to 60 dogs, contingent on size.
Allison and Sam intend to welcome every variety of furry friend. “There will be no breed restrictions”, Mattiola states, “but there is a process anyone bringing a dog will have to go through.”
Before a pooch is granted admittance, its owner will have to provide vaccine records and proof that the pup was spayed and neutered. The couple intends to streamline the process by making the necessary forms accessible via the website, which they intend to launch in the next few weeks. There will be a membership portal where guests can register their pets ahead of time.
Additionally, trained staff called “rufferees” will be on site to identify any problematic behavior and to ensure everyone has a safe and pleasant visit.
The Boozy Mutt will have plenty of food and drink options for both its human and canine guests. Mattiola says the restaurant’s chef is currently finalizing both menus. The chef, who has two dogs of his own, is testing out an array of recipes. Mattiola assures future guests that all of the dog foods will be high-quality and fresh.
The human food will also be of the highest quality. The Mattiolas will be serving elevated pub fare with a healthy flair.
The Boozy Mutt will also feature a full bar. The drink list is being finalized now. “We’ve hired our general manager and they’re putting that together. We’re trying to find a balance between craft cocktails and draft beers.”
Allison and Sam know they are trying something new and are eager to create a warm and safe environment. The pair will be listening closely to their guests, Mattiola states. “We will always solicit feedback from the community.”