Dog-friendly cafes are few and far between in Ireland. Ella Wallace and Paul Froggatt, left the high–tech world of Google to pursue their eager ambitions to enter the food business and change the scene for dog lovers who also like good food. After adopting a dog, Toby, the pair struggled to find nice places to enjoy food that allowed dogs on the premises. They combined their passion for starting a new food business with their desire to see more dog-friendly places, this led to the creation of Pupp.
Located on lower Clanbrassil Street Paul and Ella, owners of Dublin’s newest café opened its doors to the public and their four legged friends. Pupp is Irelands first ever dog-oriented café. “ We were overwhelmed with attention and support we’ve received.”
Pupp, Dublin’s newest, trendiest, café, is the café that encourages dog owners to bring their dogs to lunch. Due to high demand, the café is now open seven days a week. It offers both breakfast and lunch with an interesting side menu for the pooches, which include doggie tea and beer (non-alcoholic). Pupp stocks a wide range of dog accessories which they sell both in the store and online. The café itself has a doggy-themed décor.
“ We were overwhelmed with attention and support we’ve received.”
Paul, originally from the UK, and partner Ella from Dublin, both worked in Google before owning Pupp.
“Pupp has had a wide range of customers travelling to visit them from all over Ireland – Cork, Waterford and more, with a mix of regular locals, many of whom do not have dogs.”
After only being open for 6 months they have found themselves expanding their business with a wider range of products sold in-store and online. They are starting to host evening events, the latest one being a Halloween-themed 3 course meal where the dogs can be in fancy dress.
“We’ve received a lot of interest from existing cafés who want to become more dog-friendly”. This led the team at Pupp to recently set up ‘The Dog-Friendly Association of Ireland’. “The DFAI was set up to help other businesses become more dog-friendly. The DFAI has a membership that includes such companies such as Google and AirBnB. This association has already grown to 70+ businesses and hopes to help Ireland become more dog-friendly”.
“Ireland has a slightly different culture around dogs, though it’s quickly catching up with the rest of the continent. Pupp hopes to lead the way, so that people and their pooches can enjoy the same kind of facilities as in Europe.”