The weather's beautiful, and people all over Denver will be in the parks and on patios today. But what about their pets? While several restaurants — including Racines — have dog-friendly patios, some of town's most pooch-oriented places have closed over the past year, including the Barker Lounge, which shuttered in January. Says this reader:
What a disappointment. One of the reasons I found moving to Denver a joyful experience was the number of dog-friendly establishments. The idea of sitting outside drinking a beer and watching my dog play with friends' dogs was a new one, and I had many great experiences at the Bark Bar, Barker Lounge and Watering Bowl. Now it seems they're being systematically stamped out, though I can't point to a particular reason. There has to be a better way to allow Denver's diversity to flourish than challenging small business owners to pony up to expensive and extended "negotiations" with various city departments.