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Dog-Friendly Bar Opened In Alexandria

Alex Benbassat and Justin LeGore are opening Barkhaus that is a combination bar and dog park on Saturday. Benbassat and LeGore are former roommates who met while studying at Virginia Tech. After visiting Charlotte, North Carolina, where dog bars have become a popular restaurant concept, the duo decided to bring the idea to Northern Virginia. Barkhaus will be the first restaurant-bar-dog park of its kind in the region. According to, "The food menu, composed mostly of small bites, is prepared by The Laughing Pig, an organic caterer, and drinks will be provided by a number of local alcohol vendors. Pups will also have plenty of options. Barkhaus will sell dog ice cream and dog beer, and Woofbowl, a dog food truck, will provide dog treats, Benbassaat said." As per, "At Barkhaus, customers pick up their food at a counter once it’s ready, at which point they can decide to eat in a designated no-dog zone or bring their food to a dining room where dogs are allowed on-leash. There are also two off-leash dog parks on site. One is a larger, outdoor turf park with obstacle courses, custom dog bowls, heaters, and tables where patrons can take their drinks. The other, smaller park is on the second floor of the restaurant."

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