Reinhardt said the Sewickley Café ended up hosting 15 dogs on the outdoor garden patio that day.
“It went over well,” Reinhardt said.
His idea to welcome four-legged patrons for one special day led to an even better idea: the Yappy Lunch.
Starting today, pet owners are invited to bring their dogs for lunch in the restaurant garden. As a pet owner with a soft spot for Golden Retrievers, Reindhardt knows that dogs are considered part of the family in many households.
Reinhardt said the patio will be open to dogs every Saturday in June, July and August to help raise money for the Beaver County Humane Society.
The Beaver County Humane Society in Center Township has been working for about a decade to relocate to a new shelter and is preparing to move into a new $2 million building.
Through capital funds and a loan, construction was able to begin last year, but the non-profit is still in need of money and is always seeking donations.
Reinhardt said proceeds raised from the Yappy Lunch will go to the charity.