Hot Dogs Still Allowed at Moon Tower; Wiener Dogs Out

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One of these things is no longer allowed at Moon Tower Inn.
Confusion reigned momentarily on Twitter yesterday afternoon when word started spreading that dogs had been banned at Moon Tower Inn, the East End icehouse and sausage joint that cranks out hot dogs by the dozen.

Kyle Nielsen was one of the first to Tweet the news: "Health Department dropped the hammer on Moontower Inn, no more doggies." We, as @EatingOurWords, re-Tweeted the update with an ever-so-eloquent, "Noooooo!" amended to the beginning.

But -- wait. Dog dogs? Or hot dogs? We suddenly saw how this could be misconstrued.

And then the direct messages and emails began flowing in. We quickly took to Twitter again and rectified the statement: "Right, no more dogs at MTI. Sausages are still a go!"

Said one follower on Twitter: "I had a mild panic attack - "no more doggies" literally, no more animals." Yes, we replied. No more doggies.

As for Moon Tower Inn itself, the owners had this to say on Facebook:

well kids, i guess even our yard isn't big enough for rover to come hang. due to the city of houston health department's often bullshit rules, no more furry pals allowed at the ol' tower. a sad day for all..

But later that evening, we were still receiving texts from friends. The no dogs/no hot dogs quandary was still making its way around Houston. So let's clarify once and for all today:

Moon Tower Inn is still cranking out hot dogs. But dog dogs are now banned. No chihuahuas, no Dobermans, no beagles, no Boston Terriers, as per City of Houston regulations.

Don't fret, though, Moon Tower. You weren't the first, and you probably won't be the last. Luckily, we have groups like Paws on Patios fighting for dog advocacy. Maybe the Fidos and Bruisers will find their way back soon.



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gggg
gggg

That is the cutest dog I've ever seen!

SirRon
SirRon

Bringing your dog is too Austin-y anyway. /snark

Wyatt
Wyatt

THIS SUCKS, WHERE AM I GOING TO GO TO GET GOURMET HOT DOGS NOW THAT THEY'RE BANNED FROM MOON TOWER INN?!

TR
TR

"Maybe the Fidos and Bruisers will find their way back soon."

And maybe they won't.

Zippy
Zippy

I get not bringing dogs INTO restaurants, but the rule against having dogs on patios is ridiculous. And it's not a health issue either. Patios are by their nature frequented by all kinds of animals (birds, squirrels, the occasional rat) that are just as or more likely to cause health issues than a dog.

For a city that claims to abhor regulation, we sure have let the health department bureaucrats get out of hand.

Guest
Guest

You know that some asshole complained. Some asshole who probably brings their filthy, uncontrollable, children with them everywhere they go.

Brittanie Shey
Brittanie Shey

But Boston terriers aren't dogs. They're people. Tiny, farty people.

omGwtf?!
omGwtf?!

THE HOT DOGS AT MOON TOWER IN WERE MADE OF REAL DOGS!?!?!

Kyle
Kyle

You know how busy I was clarifying yesterday? It was ridiculous. #firstworldproblems

Jeff
Jeff

I'm sure, by the letter of the law, birds, rats, bugs, squirrels and all other forms of non-human life are not allowed on patios either, but since the only way to prevent that is put walls around it and a roof over it (i.e. no longer a patio), I guess the folks at the health department will just have to harumph in frustration.

Zippy
Zippy

Probably the same person that made Natachee's get rid of their horse.

Hugh Ramsey
Hugh Ramsey

I can see both sides. I dont like other people's kids or dogs.

Wyatt
Wyatt

Yeah, you don't like it, so it should be banned. I don't like guys named Hugh. GTFO.

Brat
Brat

EXTRA LIKE

Kyle
Kyle

It's a giant back yard. If you don't like the dogs, don't sit near them.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

The only dogs I've ever seen there anyway are tiny little guys like French poodles and chihuahuas. They ain't hurtin nothing. (And they're cleaner than pigeons and squirrels, too.)

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