What Happened at the Restaurant Named for a Dog
If Duke’s Cafe and Wine Bar had been open back when I lived in Beatrice, Nebraska, I might never have moved away.
OK, maybe that’s an overstatement, but Duke’s is a very cool place.
The staff is pleasant, the decor is great, the food is good. And if you go at the right time, you just might get to take a seat on a comfy couch next to the canine the place is named for.
Duke is a good dog.
And last Thursday he wasn’t the only dog in the house.
During the Duke Days of Summer Beer and Wine Tasting, a couple of adoptable shelter dogs and one rescued Chihuahua made their way to the restaurant’s back room.
That’s where restaurant patrons could also purchase Beer Paws merchandise, raffle tickets and enjoy complimentary appetizers provided Traci Froscheiser, a financial planner with the local Edward Jones office.
Several months ago, I began the process of coordinating this special event in my hometown. I wanted to help support the efforts of the small town humane society and also to introduce my family and friends back home to my new Beer Paws business.
Although at the time, I had only ever had time to get one cup of to-go coffee from Duke’s, I knew it was the right place to hold this event.
Not only is Duke’s Cafe and Wine Bar named for a dog, but he happens to be a rescue dog. His face is the restaurant’s logo, which appears on everything from the chef aprons to the beer glasses and coffee mugs.
To my delight, James Orme, who runs Duke’s with his father (under the supervision of Duke), was thrilled with my idea for an event. He went above and beyond to source a variety of beers and wines with dogs on the label for the tasting. And he agreed to donate 10% of his proceeds from the whole day to the Beatrice Humane Society.
With a lot of help from my friends and family and a press release that ran in the local newspaper, word about the event got around.
By the time I arrived at Duke’s on Thursday afternoon, James was feeling a little nervous – in a good way.
Based on the number of phone calls he’d received by 3 p.m. he predicted an extremely busy night at the cafe. Boy, was he right!
From 5 p.m. until the kitchen closed around 9, the Duke’s staff got stretched to the limit, raffle tickets sold like crazy and Beer Paws merchandise was rather popular.
Beer Paws always gives at least 10% of sales back to animal welfare organizations.
That night, we also designated 50% of sales from some special edition waggiwear collars and wristlets, plus 100% of raffle ticket sales for the Beatrice Humane Society.
Consequently, I was able to personally deliver just under $500 to the shelter the very next day. The restaurant’s donation from food and beverage sales is supposed to be close to the same.
I am so happy that this event was a success and proud of the people in my hometown who turned out to support a great cause. It was awesome for me to see old faces, meet new ones and get a better understanding of the animal advocacy situation around Beatrice.
Huge thanks to Duke’s, Traci and all of my wonderful friends and family who helped make the big night happen. I can’t wait to do it all again next year!
To see more pictures from the Duke Days of Summer Beer and Wine Tasting, check out the album on Facebook.
Come back tomorrow to see some of the animals I met when I toured the Beatrice Humane Society.
Posted on August 20, 2013, in Dogs, Dogtography, Family, Neighbors, Projects and tagged Beatrice Humane Society, Beer Paws, Duke's Cafe and Wine Bar, Edward Jones, hometown support, merch table, Nebraska, raising money for shelter pets, Traci Froscheiser. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.