Stephen Ochs didn’t want to have to choose between spending his evenings with his friends and his 10-year-old boxer Oakley. The former college baseball player hopes to fix that problem with the opening of Fetch Park & Ice House this fall. Located on a 1.27-acre site near the intersection of Boulevard and Edgewood Avenue, a quarter-mile from the BeltLine, Fetch is a partnership with former Atlanta Falcons player Garrett Reynolds.
The space will be divided into a few areas. Fetch Ice House will be a full-service restaurant and bar focused on “good bar food with a Texas twist,” Ochs says. There will be burgers, tacos, chicken fingers, and barbecue in the summer. Brunch eats include French toast, chicken and waffles, breakfast wraps, and pancake dogs. Twenty-plus beers will be available. Reynolds says it will have a rustic theme like you’d see in Austin or Dallas. Expect a rounded bar and garage doors that open up the space, plus additional outdoor seating. Atlantans can leash their dogs in the courtyard while spending time in the Ice House, which will be open until 2 a.m. (midnight on Sundays).
Unlike Fetch Ice House, which is open to the public, Fetch Park, the on-site dog park will require a $20 monthly membership or a $10 day pass. (The first 250 people to join pay $15 a month, and memberships go on sale in April.) Membership fees cover access to the small and large dog park areas, a converted Airstream trailer with a full bar, Wi-Fi and TVs, and a rooftop lounge. There will be a free dog wash station, or members can opt to pay an additional fee to have their dog washed by an attendant. Water will be provided for the pups, and dog owners can bring beer, wine, and cocktails from the Airstream into the park with them. The will be fans and misters to combat the summer heat, space heaters to warm up the winter, and lights allowing for dogs to hang out at night, since the park will stay open until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Reynolds and Ochs are looking to partner with dog food vendors to sell pup fare, and may have a dog tag-making machine on the property, too.
To enter the property with your dog, you’ll have to sign a waiver stating that your pooch has his or her shots are up to date shots and claiming all responsibility for your dog. Dogs have to be spayed or neutered and at least 4 months old.
“I want to do this in a way that people can relax knowing the dogs have their shots and are sociable,” Ochs said.
“We’re trying to provide a safe environment for people to come have a good time,” Reynolds added.