The coffee shop is a place where people go to grab their favourite drink before work or to meet friends to have a chat over a delicious cake and a mouth-watering cup of rich roasted coffee. But a new type of coffee shop has opened in Warwick – and this one caters to dogs (and their owners)!
Coffee Shop for Canines
Chiens et Café was the brainchild of a mother and son team who decided to set up a coffee shop for canines in Smith Street in Warwick. Tanya and Dan Pare have created a menu designed to tantalise the taste buds of dogs;it includes dog-friendly chilli, roast dinners, shepherd’s pie and sharing platters.
Dog owners will not be left to watch their beloved dogs munch while they starve, however, as Chiens et Café will also cater tohuman customers with a range of beverages including coffee and tea as well as home-baked cakes.
Much Needed Service
Tanya, who previously worked at Warwick Hospital and who left her job in order to open the café with son Dan, said, “We decided to open the coffee shop because we realised locally there are very few places which welcome dogs and provide a service for them. The only real places that welcome dogs can be pubs, but as some people don’t like them, it can make for a very stressful experience.If you are in a coffee shop specifically for them, then everyone knows what to expect. We want people to totally relax, and we think that if people know it’s a coffee shop for dogs, then that’s what they’ll do.”
With dog and coffee lovers everywhere, this innovative idea has really taken off, with Dan saying, “We’ve never done anything like this before, it’s totally new, exciting and actually even scary. We’re hoping everyone will love it; the reaction has been overwhelming. Everyone seems to love the idea. We’ve wanted to open it for a while and the idea, which started as a shop, just seemed to grow. Now it’s a full-on dog coffee shop with everything catered for the dogs. It’s very much a family venture.”