Shop ‘till you drop, sure, but what about your faithful companion? ClearFork may have an answer. The development will open Mutts Canine Cantina in the fall, described as an “outdoor oasis to socialize, play and ‘pawty’”.
The new urban dog park will be snuggled along the Trinity River and accompanied by trees, trail access and connectivity to The Shops at Clearfork and The Kelton multi-family project.
“Clearfork is proud to welcome such a new, unique and fun outdoor recreational destination to Fort Worth and the Trinity Trails for dogs and owners alike,” said Paxton Motheral, vice president at Cassco Development Co. “The addition of Mutt’s Canine Cantina further solidifies Clearfork’s vision of bringing the best-in-class to our project.”
Dogs won’t be the only mammal welcome at the park. Mutts is a dual-concept, social dog park with a communal beer and wine garden and several HD TVs. A separate patio area features concession-style food options like chicken sandwiches, burgers, handspun milkshakes and a special “Doggie Menu”.
Mutts will have two fully-enclosed, fenced lawn spaces – one each for large and small breeds – that expand over an acre of land. This gives dogs plenty of space to exercise, run freely and play safely in both shaded and unshaded areas, while owners can relax and socialize.
“The Uptown location has experienced great success, so we are really looking forward to bringing Fort Worth their own place to escape with their best friend,” said Kyle Noonan, co-owner of FreeRange Concepts, creator of Mutts and other concepts such as The Rustic in Dallas and San Antonio. “We created Mutts in order to give dog owners living in the city, a nice natural environment that lets you enjoy all your favorite things in one great place – good friends, delicious food and drinks, and of course, your pup. It’s a place where dogs and their owners can go and both have a blast.”
The dog park is accessible with a day or monthly pass, or an Annual Membership, which includes free wi-fi, Bark Rangers who provide water and pick up your mess (and your dog’s), and a dog washing area. To Come.Sit.Stay at Mutts, dogs must be over four months old, spayed or neutered, well behaved, current on all vaccinations and off-leash trained.
In addition to providing a place for dogs and their owners to escape, Mutts will feature canine-centric special events, including weekly “Yappy” Hour, costume contests, holiday pictures with Santa Paws and the Easter Bunny, dog birthday “Pawties” and more.
Noonan and Josh Sepkowitz, trailblazers in the restaurant industry, created Mutts Canine Cantina in 2013. Mutts was one of many “first of its kind” concepts that they have created under the FreeRange Concepts umbrella. The decision was made to franchise the brand in 2016. Noonan and Sepkowitz have joined forces with Michelle Boggs and Ron Roys who will lead the franchise development efforts.
“We plan on opening one to two new corporate locations in 2018 to further prove out the concept while simultaneously marketing to franchisees,” said Boggs. “The Fort Worth location at Clearfork will be the second for Mutts and will be considered a flagship location, as a result of the many changes that ownership has implemented since its conception in 2013.”
The dog park at Mutts Canine Cantina at Clearfork will be open to members from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily, with The Cantina hours Monday through Thursday: 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (10:00 p.m. during daylight savings time), Friday: noon to 8:00 p.m. (10:00 p.m. during daylight savings time), and Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (10:00 p.m. during daylight savings time).