Norfolk cafe owner Mike Pitney recently noticed a customer struggling to order food inside the store while trying to watch her dog outside. To remedy this, Pitney installed three dog leash hooks on the outside patio of Lamia’s Crepes last week.
The store at 401 Granby Street, which opened in May, is a crepe cafe that offers space outside for guests to enjoy food alongside their pets.
“We just noticed a lot of people own dogs and are living downtown right now,” Pitney said in a phone interview. “On the weekends in particular while walking their pets, a lot of them will peer through our window.”
The store is located directly in front of pet grooming and supply store Muddy Paws, from which they receive a lot of dog traffic, manager Desiree Smith told Southside Daily.
“We have regular customers that have pets,” Smith said. “Now when they sit down, they don’t have to hold the leash so the dog doesn’t run off.”
Last week the cafe prepared special “doggie crepes” for a “Yappy Hour” event put on by Muddy Paws. After brainstorming and asking around about what to serve the canines, the owner came up with peanut butter and bacon crepes, which “went over really big with the dog owners,” Pitney said. “We focus on being a dog-friendly creperie.”
Several customers arrive daily with their dogs, Smith said, and one recent patron was ecstatic over the new hooks.
Lamia’s has done well since its opening last month, Smith said. The restaurant gets a lot of business from occupants of the complex above the store, Metro on Granby. The most popular savory crepe on the menu is the Bratone, Smith said, which includes ham, swiss, tomato, red onions and aioli sauce. The most popular sweet crepe is the German, which includes lemon juice, sugar and caramel.
The restaurant recently had booths at the Norfolk NATO Festival, Pungo Strawberry Festival and the Chesapeake Jubilee. Pitney plans to have a crepe booth in the next First Friday celebration on Granby.
The store is open Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.