Dog-Friendly Dining in Europe
Imagine bustling cafes filled with lively chatter, the clinking of glassware, and dogs sitting calmly by their owners’ side. The culture in France and Switzerland embraces our furry companions as part of the dining experience, allowing them inside many restaurants.
Patio Dining in the U.S.
Contrast this with my experience in Rhode Island and the majority of the United States, where the laws aren’t as embracing. Our dogs Phoebe and Scout are consigned to patio dining only, an arrangement that becomes impossible when New England’s winter chill sets in. In fact, we know of only one restaurant–our beloved Matunuck Oyster Bar–whose patio is warm enough in winter to keep us all comfortable.