PITTSBURG — Canine friends are not usually allowed to join their owners at restaurants, however, one local eatery is hosting an event to change that.

The Pitt, a new restaurant in downtown Pittsburg, will host their first Barks, Bites, & Beers event 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday evening on its back patio.

Owners are encouraged to bring their pooch and sit down for one the Pitt’s signature burgers or a $1 hotdog. The restaurant will also have draft beer specials for the event.

“Dogs are really important to people nowadays, and we wanted to have an event that allowed customers to come and have a meal with their pet,” Co-owner Kyle Michael said.

Michael said he was first approached by local dog trainer Kelci Cooper about the event, and decided he could help her make it happen.

“Kelci had been looking for a place that would welcome dogs, we have a patio big enough, so we decided to go for it,” Michael said. “Our customers are very important to us and if they want to dine with their dog then we want to be the place they do it.”

Cooper, a certified dog trainer located in Pittsburg, said she is always looking for more chances for people to bring their pet out and about.

“I am always up for any opportunity to allow socialization and bonding with canine companions,” Cooper said. “So I was especially excited when The Pitt shared that goal and opened their patio to dog lovers for this event."

Cooper said the event is more than just a good time for pet owners and said she hopes it will foster an open conversation about how to get a pet ready to handle public situations. She will be on hand to offer training tips and suggestions to owners.

“I’ve been in so many social settings with dogs of different behavioral maturity, so my hope is that this event will allow me to provide some helpful tips about public interaction,” Cooper said. “I want people to know that their dog can take less space and be more welcome in group settings with their help.”

Cooper encourages people to bring their dogs, and their questions, down to The Pitt.

“This is a great chance to ask those questions and get more information from a certified professional dog trainer, all while having a great burger and a beer,” she said. “Hard to beat that.”

According to Michael pet owners should enter and exit The Pitt from the back patio entrance, and to have their furry friend on a leash. He suggests patrons park in their lot off of Locust.