Cafe welcomes canines.
The days of deciding whether to take the dog with you for the morning walk or if you will have a cuppa afterwards are a thing of the past for residents of Point Cartwright.
It may only have been opened for a couple of months, but already the One On La Balsa cafe on the tip of Point Cartwright and opposite the park, has proven popular among the locals, not least of all because of its dog-friendly policies.
Dani Lemarseny, who owns and runs the cafe with husband Jeff, explained that allowing patrons to bring their dogs to the eatery had struck a chord with many in the area.
“We have an area down the back which is shaded where owners can tie up their dogs,” Dani explained. “We have water bowls there for them to drink from and I will be bringing in dog biscuits for them as well. That way their owners can sit and have a cuppa or some breakfast and be able to see their dog so they are able to relax. The dogs can be kept separate from the other dogs or left together if that is what the owners want. It is popular because a lot of people walk around this area of a morning and so many of them have a dog. This way they don’t have to take their dog home and then come back for breakfast after their walk or run.
The area the dogs are in is away from the food and it’s not hurting anyone. In fact, people love it.”
Dani, who admits to being a “major dog freak” said it had been a part of the business plan when the family bought the property at 1 Harbour Parade.
“When we first purchased we knew we wanted to have a place where people could bring their dogs when they had their morning walk,” Dani said.
Dani, who has two dogs, a German shepherd, Millie, and a shitzu-poodle, Bear, as well as three daughters Brittany, 16, Hayley, 15 and Kelly, 12, admits she sometimes brings her own beloved mutts in to the cafe just so they are near her.