Menomonee Falls to get dog-friendly tavern, dog park and groomer
The idea for The Hounds & Tap — a facility in Menomonee Falls with a tavern, dog park, doggy daycare, overnight boarding and grooming services — is quite simple.
“It is about us wanting to spend as much time with our dogs as possible,” said Jeffrey Wilgus, who owns The Hounds & Tap with his business partner, Leah Neuroth.
Wilgus said he has two rescue dogs — Waylon and Wynonna — and he wants to take them everywhere.
“It is rewarding to be with them every day. Dogs become a part of your life,” said Wilgus. “It is difficult when I have to go somewhere.”
But dogs and people bonding can continue at The Hounds & Tap, which is projected to open in May 2021. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Nov. 6.
With a tavern and dog park together, dog owners can watch a Packers game and socialize with other dog owners. Or they could leave their dogs in doggy daycare while at work and then have a beer at the dog park afterwards, Wilgus and Neuroth said.
Neuroth said there will be a leashed and unleashed area of the dog park.
“It is all about the dog,” Wilgus said. He and Neuroth also said that having a social component will make going to the dog park more enjoyable.
Neuroth — who has four dogs, Henry, George, Albert and Edward — said this will be the only dog facility with many services in one location in the Midwest.
She said that more of these facilities are developing in the coastal states.
A new kind of facility
The Hounds & Tap will be a 12,000-square-foot facility on the northwest corner of Silver Spring Road and Technology Drive, according to village documents.
Neuroth said that an additional 5,000 square feet will be outside space.
She also said that the facility with be one building with two separate entrances — one for the pampering, daycare, grooming and boarding part and the other for the tavern, with access to the dog park.
There will also be an area where owners can wash their dogs.
The tavern will include a covered outside area as well as an inside area, with televisions both inside and out, said Wilgus. There will be no food served at the facility, but there will be space for food trucks, Neuroth added.
Neuroth said that, initially, the facility will have the capacity for 30 to 50 dogs. Eventually, they would like to be able to accommodate 100.
She noted that while the facility will have many options for dogs, it will not offer veterinary services.
The facility will require proof of vaccinations.
According to documents filed with the village, the entire facility will open at 7 a.m. The dog park and tavern would be open until 9 p.m. weekdays, 10 p.m. weekends, said Neuroth.
The other parts of the facility will close at 7 p.m. She said the entire facility will have two full-time and 15 part-time employees.
Wilgus and Neuroth said their business will emphasize doing everything local.
“Our alcohol, beer and wine, will be local,” said Wilgus.
‘Couldn’t have picked a better location’
Wilgus and Neuroth said they did their research before settling on Menomonee Falls for their venture.
As a growing community with a diversity of ages among dog owners, Menomonee Falls is an ideal location, they said.
“It is cross-generational,” explained Neuroth. She said there is a good range of dog owners from 18 to 70.
Neuroth and Wilgus also said surrounding communities have reached about their services.
“With the significant increase in families and pets, the owners couldn’t have picked a better location,” said Village President Dave Glasgow.
He said that one of the most frequent requests from residents is for dog parks.
“We have very little in the way of establishments on the south side of the village, so having a place for people to stop by with their dogs and also visit the tavern is a great addition to this area,” said Glasgow.
He noted that the establishment will be in a popular area, with Kohl’s next door and many subdivisions within walking distance.
“The concept is quite catchy. Bring your dog by and enjoy a drink with friends. The social aspect of this is genius,” said Glasgow.
“The owners told me these are very popular on the West Coast, so I’m confident it will be a huge hit here as well,” he said.
Cathy Kozlowicz can be reached at 262-361-9132 or email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter at @KozlowiczCathy.