West Lakeview Neighbors Endorse El Tapatio Dog Cafe

By Mike Fourcher | Wednesday, May 11, 2011

El Tapatio restaurant.

In last night’s monthly meeting members of West Lakeview Neighbors (WLVN) unanimously voted to endorse a license proposal from El Tapatio, 3400 N. Ashland Ave., to create Chicago’s first “dog-friendly” cafe.

The license designation specifies, “a dining area of a retail food establishment that is located outside, accessible from the street, and includes all sides of any gate, fence or other border demarking the dog-friendly area.”

According to restaurant owner Jose Parra, El Tapatio’s licence application includes extending the existing outdoor patio area by adding seven additional seating areas for up to 16 more diners and two sets of water bowls for visiting dogs.

While the WLVN vote is not binding, it is crucial to receiving approval from Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) and from the City Council License Committee, which must approve the application before it is voted on by the full City Council later this summer.

In related news, Parra reports that Pour, 3358 N. Ashland Ave., another bar he and his wife Julie had opened last year, is indefinitely closed due to a dispute and litigation over rent for the space with landlord Mara Shapkarov.

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  • Anonymous

     How is this proposal any different from the numerous dining establishments that allow dogs on their patios?  I don’t see how this is a “first”.

    • Anonymous

      Only in that the restaurants that allow dogs on their patios are doing it illegally. Five years ago the City Council passed an ordinance making it illegal for dogs on street cafes. http://www.dogster.com/forums/Dog_Laws_and_Legislation/thread/339843

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