OUR STORY

Welcome to Pub Dog Colorado. The first restaurant in Colorado where you can eat with your dog.

First I think it is important to introduce myself and my family. My name is Tara and I am a true Colorado native. I was born and raised in the Colorado Springs area. I went to college in Denver to become an engineer and after graduating and getting a good engineering job, it lasted all of 6 months! I moved back to Colorado Springs where I received my MBA from UCCS. During this time, I began working at Mackenzie’s Chophouse to pay the bills through school but quickly learned that I loved the restaurant industry. I spent 12 years there learning everything I could in hopes that I would be able to one day open my own restaurant. My best friend is my dog, Cooper, who is between 11 and 12 years old and is a mix of German Shorthaired Pointer and English Springer Spaniel. More on his story to come!

My mom, Lynne, was a nurse at Memorial Hospital for over 30 years. She has retired and now for fun, and to satisfy her love of travel, is a flight attendant for United Airlines. My dad, Scott, who many of you will see at Pub Dog doing yard work (I kill plants) or hanging out on the patio getting to know many of our regulars, was a fireman in Colorado Springs for 20 years. He retired in 1997 and now owns a dog friendly boutique motel (shameless promotion coming) in Woodland Park, Colorado called Eagle Fire Lodge & Cabins. My parents have an awesome dog named Rudy who is a five year old Welsh Springer Spaniel. He’s probably one of the coolest dogs I’ve ever met and just likes to hang out!

My sister, Brenna, is married to my wonderful brother in law, Tyler and they have two kids, Lincoln, who is 4 and Finley, who is 3. Brenna has her own salon and also, in little over a year, has quickly become one of the top consultants within the Rodan + Fields system. After having to put their 9 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Charlie, to sleep this December due to heart failure, they recently got 2, yes I said TWO, new Cavalier Spaniel puppies named Freya and Vaughn.

Now that you know a little bit about our family, I’m excited to start sharing our stories with you all! My hope is that you will see different voices from everyone in our Pub Dog family and get to know us all! Everyone has been so supportive of us and we couldn’t be more grateful! Stay tuned for more stories about Pub Dog, our #pubdogpack and about things we are passionate about!

-Tara Downs, Owner

3 comments
  • Hi! I just had a quick question about your sisters dog, Charlie. Do you by chance know where she got him from? When I was 14 we had to let go of our sweet Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Charlie to the pound. And he would of been 9 last year!

    • Hello! We got him as a puppy but we didn’t get him from the pound. I’m sorry 🙁

  • Tara! I love your concept. I cant wait to get over to pub dog with my family (including humans and dogs). I live north Denver but will certainly be paying you a visit.
    On a business level, I work with Thirst Colorado, a lifestyle magazine that reaches 75,000 fun seeking Coloradans. I would love to share your concept with all of our readers. Please let me know if we can chat further. I will be in the springs on the 14th and can chat in person or on the phone.

    Thank you for creating such a great concept where humans and dogs can socialize in a comfortable-fun environment!
    720-333-7606
    matthew@thirstcolorado.com

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