Dogs paw over a menu at canine friendly cafe
PIG'S ear, pig's snout, and kangaroo tail are just some of the delicious doggy treats on the menu at a Bangalow café, catering for canines.
'Menu di cane' is offered alongside traditional Italian meals at The Italian Diner on Byron St, owned by former Big Brother contestant Pete Timbs.
"The restaurant is located on the corner and spills out onto the footpath, so dog owners were already bringing in their pets," Mr Timbs said.
"A lot of people were feeding their dogs off their plate, which didn't bother me in the slightest, but dogs don't like to eat pizza.
"So instead of eating carbonara, and all that pasta and all the fattiness, we decided to give them proper dog food."
Mr Timbs said diners have been "loving" the menu.
"Pet people are freaks, some of them treat their pets better than their kids or they are their kids," he said.
"We got a couple in today who came in with their Pomeranians in strollers and fed them in their strollers.
"We love having kids here and we love having dogs here.
"They're not inside, they're outside in the terrace, they don't step a paw inside."
If your canine deserves the whole hog, the Kangaroo tail for $10 is at the high end.
"Kangaroo tail is massive, it's for the Alsatian.
"We cater for small, medium and large dogs.
"There's also lamb shanks."
Mr Timbs said his canine menu was mild compared to Melbourne and Sydney offerings, but he still catered to interesting demands.
"There's a lot of pampered dogs out there who won't drink tap water, it has to be cold and sparkling," he said.
"We haven't had doggy chinos yet. And when they ask for soy, then they're in trouble."
Items start at $4, with lamb shank bones $8, and chicken breast fillets $4; with all the doggy meals served outside of the venue, with a bowl of water.
The Italian Diner: 37-39 Byron St, Bangalow. Phone: 6687 2247.
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