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Pet store owners Frisco to open The Pawtio, a pet restaurant and bar

Almost anything is possible when you step into The Pawtio, D-FW’s first “pet restaurant” which will feature live music, a mini bar, an art gallery and, of course, gourmet cuisine from quality for pets and, occasionally, their humans.

Located on the corner of Frisco Square Boulevard, The Pawtio opens March 12, 2022 and will offer a unique experience where pets can eat a complete, holistic, and balanced meal ranging from appetizers, main courses, and desserts to pet-friendly cocktails called ” lickers”. .” When pets dine, their owners can view and purchase art while listening to live performances by local musicians and DJs. Guests are even greeted by Samba, a talking and dancing macaw. If you’re lucky, he might even give you a ride.

Founders Giulio and Carolina Ferrari (known as “The Rave Mom and Dad of Dallas”) are no strangers to the pet industry. For 12 years, the couple ran The Paw Depot pet store, which is about a block from The Pawtio on Frisco Square. Together they combined their passion and love for music, art, food and animals to open a new business. The Pawtio is simply a creation of a collaborative pet restoration adventure – think retail meets entertainment and catering.

“You won’t find anywhere else in D-FW where you can see amazing art, listen to great music, talk to friends, sit, hang, sip and give your dog a bone…or a full meal if you choose,” says Giulio.

Carolina Ferrari, left, and Giulio Ferrari test out pet-friendly furniture at the Pawtio...
Carolina Ferrari, left, and Giulio Ferrari test out pet-friendly furniture at Pawtio on the Square in Frisco.(Jason Janik / Special Contributor)

The Ferraris always wanted to develop a place where they could be creative and have fun. They believe that a successful retail experience must appeal to all five senses so that it can generate a memory. Giulio calls it “positive trauma,” which is also the name of a docuseries he’s been working on.

At Pawtio, all animals and humans are welcome, and the Ferraris want it to be a safe, non-judgmental place for everyone to connect. Formerly home to Tavern on the Square, the space has now been transformed into a pet sanctuary. It also naturally attracts many people exercising and walking their dogs.

“We create and think about everything together. We didn’t have a team to do it, everything in Pawtio is under the creation of Carolina and me”, explains Giulio. “We created it all, from the chandeliers to the wallpapers and menu items, to every detail that was added, it was done by us.”

Inside, the theme is bohemian-chic with Tulum inspiration. There’s seating and upholstered furniture for pets and humans inside the restaurant and outside on the patio, and you’ll find hints of blue throughout the space, even in the chandeliers at feathers.

Carolina says dogs tend to notice the color blue more often than other colors. “We wanted to create something that was a contemporary mix of modern design and with pops of blue in the dog aesthetic,” Carolina explains. “It creates a much more relaxing and peaceful environment for them to eat.”

It was certainly not easy for the Ferraris to get their idea across. After weeks of discussing health and safety issues with the city of Frisco over a pet and human dining space, and winter conditions delaying further inspections, the Ferraris finally got approval. final.

“Being the first to do anything is always difficult. I had a hard time getting this concept accepted throughout the city,” says Giulio. “I had to talk to many members of the city council, technicians and the head of the health service in order to have this business concept approved.”

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Meatloaf with goat's milk yogurt sauce at The Pawtio
Meatloaf with goat’s milk yogurt sauce at The Pawtio (Jason Janik / Special Contributor)

The dishes on the menu are prepared sous vide by the Ferraris in-house. Everything on the menu is meant to be “healthy and functional,” says Giulio. “The food is human grade, but it is balanced for dogs or cats and will contain a mixture of amino acids and meats. It is not tasty for us, nor prepared for human consumption, but animals of company love it,” says Giulio.

The meats are also GAP certified (human breeding and good agricultural practices). “We really sourced from some of the best producers in the United States so that we could offer nutritious and balanced meals on the menu,” says Carolina.

For drinks, The Pawtio offers a variety of “cocktails” called “lickers,” which is a clever play on the word liquor. “The drinks are all functional supplements, which are a healthy indulgence for your pet,” says Carolina.

The Pink Martini is a probiotic concoction of goat’s milk, cranberries, and apple cider vinegar, and is topped with ginger and cinnamon for a dog’s stomach and digestive system. Old Fashioned Yeller is a blend of collagen, cartilage and broth that helps support a dog’s hips and joints. Other probiotic drinks include The Hulk, made with goat’s milk, kale, turmeric, and quinoa, and Jello Shots, made with gelatinous bone broth.

Appetizers will include a goat cheese platter, fermented pig’s trotters, duck eggs and “Pupcorn”. “Pupcorn” are small nuggets of Tibetan yak cheese that look like a piece of corn kernels. When you put them in the microwave, the moisture they contain expands and they become a cheese puff. “It’s safe for human consumption, but it doesn’t taste very good,” says Giulio. “Dogs love it, and it’s naturally lactose-free.”

For starters, there will be raw tartare options including either raw beef, duck or rabbit depending on the season. The Pawtio will also have meatloaf, beef stew and chicken masala. The meatloaf consists of beef, beef liver, tomatoes, green peas, carrots and potatoes, and is seasoned with thyme and parsley. The chicken masala will be a mix of quinoa, chicken liver, sweet potatoes, spinach, apples and kale.

“Dogs like a diet that includes beef, beef heart, beef liver, beef lung, which are things we don’t usually eat as humans,” Giulio says. “That’s why it’s dog food, and while we use human-grade ingredients, we don’t use preservatives or artificial ingredients, and it’s all whole, organic, and natural.”

Giulio Ferrari has fun spicing up The Pawtio's gourmet dog food on the...
Giulio Ferrari has fun spicing up gourmet dog food at The Pawtio on the Square in Frisco.(Jason Janik / Special Contributor)

They will also be offering sliders and burgers which are all served on a pumpkin puree made with coconut oil, organic parsley, spinach, broccoli, squash, pumpkin and flax seeds. The Ferraris call the burgers “Animal Style” (a secret In-N-Out menu item) because there will be no buns, just pumpkin puree.

To complete the menu, Le Pawtio offers an assortment of desserts and delicacies. They have a frozen yogurt maker on site with flavor options like cheddar and bacon or pumpkin and cinnamon. The yogurt is made from goat’s milk, ground with bits of bacon and mixed with goat cheese. Other desserts include a “Pupcake”, CBD cookies and a goat’s milk panna cotta.

Since the Pawtio kitchen is dedicated exclusively to making pet food, the Ferraris cannot cook for humans, per Frisco health regulations. Instead, there will be food trucks or outdoor food stalls serving various street foods for humans. Food trucks will offer Salvadoran pupusas, Brazilian coxinhas, Sri Lankan samosas and Argentinian empanadas.

Outside, The Pawtio will also have a small beer garden with a variety of local beers, kombucha on tap, and specialty canned cocktails.

Ferraris have a lot of experience with pets and food. Carolina grew up in her family’s restaurants in Spain and Brazil. After the couple met in 1999, Giulio immersed himself in restaurants, learning to make authentic Spanish and Brazilian cuisines. They opened a pet store in Brazil in 2001, then sold it and moved to the United States in 2003.

When the Ferraris aren’t working, they have a passion for throwing parties and DJing at raves. The Pawtio will include some of their artistic leanings, with an art gallery featuring local artists and 3D printing of pet portraits, and daily live musical performances, live jazz and music. the Brazilian pagoda to samba music.

“It’s not just entertainment, it’s ‘EDUtainment’, we educate the public,” says Giulio. “It’s cultural entertainment curated to bring pieces of the world we traveled to Frisco.”

Carolina says The Pawtio is more than just a business. “As a community, we have been through a lot over the past few years and we all need to heal. We are running out of places to do this healing,” she says. “Pets and food help people let go of their shields, while art and music help people connect and heal. These are all things that helped Giulio and I heal from all the scars and traumas of our lives.

The Pawtio opens March 12, 2022 at 6142 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. 469-287-6869.

Aya, left, and Spock discover gourmet pet food at Pawtio on the plaza.
Aya, left, and Spock discover gourmet pet food at Pawtio on the plaza.(Jason Janik / Special Contributor)
One of the cats checks out the food and pet-sized furniture at Pawtio on the Square.
One of the cats checks out the food and pet-sized furniture at Pawtio on the Square.(Jason Janik / Special Contributor)