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Dog-friendly Park Slope bar to fight city ruling banning pooches

Will Gleason

It looks like the dog days may be over for a Park Slope bar long known for its pooch-friendly policies.

The Gate on 5th Ave and 3rd St, which used to welcome the four-legged friends of imbibing patrons, was hit with a fine from the city last Tuesday after the Health Department received a 311 complaint about dogs at the venue. In response, the Brooklyn bar has posted a “Sorry No Dogs” notice on its doors, to the shock and ire of many local, canine-loving regulars.

Since the sign was posted, a petition posted on Park Slope For Pets, which asks the Health Department to reconsider its decision, has collected over 300 signatures.

The Gate’s owner, Bobby Gagnon, said that until now, he’s never had any issues with the city about the bar’s open-dog policy, which has been in place since the venue opened in 1997. The bar also regularly hosts benefits for animal-related groups. Its unofficial mascot is a mutt named Walter.

The Health Department, however, has maintained that the crackdown on bar-going pups is necessary. Though The Gate doesn’t have a kitchen, it does serve beer and ice—and both are considered forms of food under New York City’s health code.

Gagnon plans to fight the Health Department’s decision when he is called in for a hearing on the matter November 18. In the meantime, you can get some hooch with your pooch at any of these dog-friendly bars.


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