Egg Crate Cafe owners Greg and Pamela Buss say they love the restaurant business because of the relationships they can build with people.
The two also love dogs – particularly their standard poodles, brothers Chuck and Soloman.
“We love being with them,” Greg Buss says.
“We thought we could combine both our passions.”
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Next month, he and his wife will open Fetch Bistro at Siena Plaza, near 37th and Rock Road in the former Pacific Coast Pizza space.
Buss says the restaurant will focus on service and food as the Egg Crate does, but it also will have something of a Fido focus with a dedicated area on the patio for customers to bring their dogs.
“Other communities seem to have a lot of dog-friendly places,” Buss says.
“We’re going to really make this place a tribute to dogs and dog lovers,” he says. “The whole idea is to have a place where it’s an event.”
They’ve started telling friends about their plans.
“We’ve just been amazed how many people are loving the idea,” Buss says.
He says it’s something he and his wife also may add to the Egg Crate at Northwest Centre, at 13th and Tyler.
“We would have to develop something out front,” Buss says. “We’ll see how this goes.”
If it goes well, there could be a number of Fetch Bistros.
“Basically, I see this as a possibility to develop a brand,” Buss says.
Like the Egg Crate, Fetch Bistro will be open for breakfast and lunch from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. initially. Buss says they’ll look at possibly expanding to 8 p.m. for dinner, too.
They’ll expand their lunch offerings compared with the Egg Crate as well.
The Egg Crate seats 120, and Fetch Bistro will seat about 130 inside and another 50 or so on the patio – plus dogs.
Though he’s considering a possible indoor space for dogs as well, Buss says, “We don’t want unruly dogs around in the restaurant, that’s for sure.”
He says they want people who don’t have dogs to feel welcome as well.
Buss says it’ll be a treat to have a place his own dogs can visit.
“It’s a nice lifestyle change for us,” he says. “It’s a place where people can have fun and have a better day because they were there.”