Tomorrow, March 12th, 2011 is the Grand opening of a new business establishment in Lake Forest, CA (26771 Rancho Parklway). I am excited about this new restaurant because it is “completely dog friendly”. I have 3 dogs and a cat that I love very much. Milo’s Café has a patio with 2 dog pens that owners can bring their dogs while they dine on healthy “people food”.
I will be there for their Grand Opening representing Life’s Abundance Premium Pet Food and supervising the dogs in the pens. I am exciting about my upcoming events and sharing Life’s Abundance with pet lovers and supporting the organizations that provide love and care for them!
March 12, 2011: Grand Opening of Milo’s Café Dog Friendly Restaurant - Pet Area Volunteer & Life’s Abundance, Lake Forest, CA
Milo’s Café: www.miloscafe.com
Life’s Abundance: http://www.mypetzshoponline.com/
The following is a recent OC Register article:
Article: Full Article & pictures: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/sellman-290775-milo-dog.html?pic=1
Milo's Café, dog-friendly eatery,
March 12, 2011
LAKE FOREST - For the last three months, Scott Sellman has been putting in 16-hour days to turn the 5,000-square-foot former Fuddruckers on Rancho Parkway into his dream, a dog-friendly restaurant named Milo's Café.
The red Fuddruckers carpet is now porcelain wood-like tile, and the orange walls have been painted beige and black. The restaurant has a simple, bold look with a roomy feel. There's a dog bone-shaped bar that seats eight and six 50-inch flat screen TVs. Andy Warhol dog art hangs on the wall, mixed in with personal photos Sellman's dogs, Jake and Milo, the 2-year-old shar pei-bulldog mix whose mug graces the signage.
Milo's, said Sellman, is based on healthy food, charitable events and a pet-friendly environment. There are two doggie play areas on the outside patio. It is set to open March 12. Sellman, a Lake Forest resident, has sunk about $200,000 into remodeling the eatery, which he calls the first of its kind in South County.
"(People) come by with their dogs and can't wait for it to open," Sellman, 42, said. "In no other business I've been involved in have I ever had so much community support."
Selllman came up with the idea for his dog-friendly restaurant when he got Milo and Jake, a pug. He calls dogs the "great ambassadors" of friendships between people. What he's most hopeful for is Milo's becoming a place for like-minded people who will help animal charities.
When Sellman first proposed his café idea to the city, it was for a spot off Muirlands Boulevard and Ridge Route Drive in a center under construction. Sellman asked the city to approve a variance to allow for the dog play area patios,but officials denied his request because there wouldn't be sufficient distance between the patios and the intersection.
In addition, nearby residents voiced concerns over potential noise, odor and public safetyissues. The old Fuddruckers spot now home to Milo's Café is in a large commercial center across from Etnies Skate Park.
Sellman's happier with the new spot, he said, because it's double the space of the initial location and the patio already existed.
Several animal charities and nonprofit groups have signed up as regulars, including Barks of Love, Coastal German Shepherd Rescue,Orange County Bulldog Rescue, Desperate Paws and Friends of Lake Forest Animals. Events at the restaurant will include adoption fairs, fundraisers, and possible veterinary clinics, Sellman said. Dog trainers, groomers and other such businesses also will be welcome to promote their efforts.
Mike Pedersen, a former chef at the Riveria Country Club, the House of Blues and the Grand Wailea Resort in Maui, will run the restaurant and kitchen. The menu includes breakfast, lunch and dinner items prepared with an eye toward healthy eating, locally grown produce and free-range meat and poultry, Sellman said.
Sellman's favorite is Milo's signature salad, which includes grilled chicken breast, mango, papaya, seasonal berries, sliced almonds and a light vinaigrette. Another favorite is the turkey burger with vegan cheese, sprouts, hummus and tomatoes.
California wines like Mutt Lynch and Cupcake Vineyard will be available. The bar will also serve Belgian Boutique beers along with Stella Artois and Drop Top Lager.