The off-leash dog park at Reynoldstown coffee shop and cafe ParkGrounds is officially closed, but the covered patio and seating inside remain open.
Johnny Gianoulidis, who also owns Greek restaurant Kafenio in Avondale Estates and the Greek Pizzeria and Gyros in Brookhaven, kicked off renovations last week to convert the small dog park at ParkGrounds into an outdoor seating area and beer garden, complete with food trucks on weekend evenings. Dogs on leashes are welcome when the new patio opens, with owners expected to clean up after their animals and keep them from digging or damaging furniture. People not properly supervising their dogs, cleaning up after them, or using the park as a rest stop for their dogs without purchasing items from the cafe have been ongoing issues for ParkGrounds.
“Please do not expect to use the park as a poop way station for your pet,” a Facebook post reads in part. “You will be asked to leave and not return. If dog owners can not meet these expectations, they will be asked to leave immediately.”
Gianoulidis plans to add more cocktails and beers on draft and expand the breakfast and sandwich menus to offer wraps and other dishes from his restaurants Kafenio and the Greek Pizzeria and Gyros.
“We will be regrading, mulching, putting down slate, getting some new tables and chairs, putting up shade sails and more string lights,” according to the Facebook post. “We look forward to serving the community and becoming a place where the neighborhood can gather for coffee, breakfast, beer, booze and sandwiches in a clean and comfortable setting under that beautiful tree in the park.”
The beer garden and new outdoor seating area at ParkGrounds should debut some time in May. [FB]
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