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Plymouth vet opens indoor dog park, restaurant and pet retreat under one ‘woof’


In summer and fall, there are plenty of places for dog-friendly outings. But as the weather gets colder, so do the options.

Now there’s the newly opened Brew Park, the state’s first combined indoor dog park, restaurant, pet retreat, and veterinary hospital. It’s the brainchild of Dr Angela Woodward, a big-thinking Plymouth vet.

“I’ve always had the idea of ​​having a one-stop-shop for pet owners, but it was during the pandemic that I thought it might actually come to fruition,” she said.

And he did, all 22,000 square feet of it.

About a year ago, Woodward and his practice, Vet Partners Pet Hospital, were on the road in a packed 1,800 square foot space. When they started looking for a bigger facility, she looked for spaces with the idea of ​​expanding the hospital — it’s now 11,000 square feet — but also doing something fun for the owners of the hospital. animals and dog lovers.

That something fun includes a pet retreat, which includes the dog park, grooming, boarding, daycare, training, a boutique – and a bar and restaurant.

“It’s a place where dogs can actually come and have their own space and play,” Woodward said. “After the pandemic, after everyone’s been locked up, dogs suffer from separation anxiety and people feel bad about letting them out. Now they don’t have to choose.”

As you enter Brew Park (the hospital entrance is separate), the dog park is in the foreground. The space, designed by RSP Architects in Minneapolis, is inspired by New York’s Central Park, but with big-screen TVs. There is a 5,000 square foot expanse of green grass, with benches, play structures and a photo booth. Dogs play under the supervision of Park Rangers on duty; pet owners are also welcome. There are strict rules for both (see box).

The restaurant and bar, called Barkery, are adjacent to the dog park and have large windows overlooking the park. Watchful eyes – dog and human – are on both sides. There are plenty of tables and a bar, and free Wi-Fi and meeting space to woo midday visitors who need to work or hang out while an animal is at the groomer. Ordering is done by QR code and SMS notifications are sent when the food is ready, a handy feature if you’re waiting at the hospital next door. Dog puns are a given – it’s all under one “woof” and there will be tail-gating parties.

Woodward, who loves to travel and says she likes to think of herself as a foodie, said she knew what she wanted in a restaurant: “We took ideas from our taste buds, our travel experiences and… ‘one year of Pinterest and we said, ‘Hey, let’s create a fun menu for small plates.'”

The menu was also designed to work with the liquor license, which contains only beer and wine, and is suitable for football nights (Woodward is a big fan). There’s an apple mustard kid, flatbreads, a charcuterie board, and several sandwiches, plus a handful of entrees. Desserts, pastries and a weekend-only brunch round out the menu curated by US Foods chefs.

“Kind of like an architect drawing your vision or a designer doing the aesthetic, the chefs came in and looked at what we wanted, and then they put all the ingredients together,” she said. “And they nailed it.”

After a long period of tastings, zoning requirements and decision-making, Woodward returns to her day job, confident that the Brew Park, which has more than 50 employees in all areas, is in good hands.

“I have great leadership in place…so I became the master of delegation to make all of this happen,” she said.

Her mornings are devoted to surgery — the U of M-trained vet calls the operating room her “happy place” — and afternoons are spent on paperwork and stepping in where needed.

“It’s been super fun to see this all come to fruition,” Woodward said. “With great risk comes great reward, isn’t that what they say? So it was a bit difficult and daunting, but the way it went – we couldn’t have asked for best results.”

Go to Brew Park

Location: 2605 Fernbrook Lane N., Suite J, Plymouth; 763-337-4433, brewparkplymouth.com.

Hours: 8am-8pm Mon-Thu, 8am-10pm Fri-Sat, 10am-6pm Sun

Cost: Humans are free; dogs pay $15. Monthly and annual passes are also available.

Rules for dogs: Register dogs online in advance, and dogs must be 4 months old to play. Vaccinations and flea prevention must be up to date and dogs over 8 months must be sterilized.

Rules for people: Children 13 and under are not permitted in the dog park; drinks are allowed in the park, but food is not. Be sure to read the park rules to avoid surprises for animals and people.

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