Happy hour's going to the dogs (and cats) at the newly announced Bark, A Rescue Pub. The pub-meets-animal shelter concept is a partnership between owner Josh Wade, of Nectar Beer and Wine and Nectar Catering and Events, and the Spokane Humane Society.
The animal shelter-restaurant hybrid is set to open this summer at the former home of the Blackbird restaurant in the historic Broadview Dairy building at 905 N. Washington St. in downtown Spokane.
Bark's unique format allows guests to interact with adoptable cats and dogs before or after ordering food and drinks. The eatery plans to serve a pub-inspired menu in addition to supporting the Spokane Humane Society's mission as an extension of its local adoption services. Animals will be housed away from food preparation and dining areas, and cared for by a designated team separate from the restaurant's operations. A portion of proceeds from food and drink sales and reservation fees also support the humane society's mission.
Follow Bark on Facebook for the latest progress updates. A website (barkrescuepub.com) for the venture is also live, where interested applicants can apply for jobs, including positions in animal care and restaurant leadership.