MUTTS Canine Cantina Signs Lease to First Location of Six Units in Phoenix

MUTTS franchisees Ricardo Martinez and Ilse Calderon sign the lease for the first MUTTS location of six units in the surrounding Phoenix area.

Located in Gilbert’s SanTan Village, The Off-Leash Dog Park Bar And Grill Plans to Open Early 2023

Gilbert, AZ  (RestaurantNews.comMUTTS Canine Cantina®, the fastest growing pet ‘eater’tainment brand in America, finalized the lease for a new franchise location in Gilbert, Arizona. Slated to open in early 2023, the unique concept of an off-leash dog park with an outdoor bar and grill will reside within Gilbert’s SanTan Village, an open-air shopping center located 30 miles southeast of Phoenix. Ricardo Martinez of CF Group Investments and Ilse Calderon executed the lease early this year. The two Mexican franchisees currently boast a portfolio of multiple Little Ceasars® and Dunkin’ Donuts dispersed in various Mexican states and have already made their way to The Grand Canyon State; The first of six MUTTS locations in the surrounding Phoenix area is slated to open in early 2023 with plans to expand MUTTS’ pawprint to north and south Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, and Desert Ridge.

“As dog lovers, Ilse and I can speak for fellow Phoenicians when we say there is a strong need in the community for an innovative concept like MUTTS Canine Cantina. I’m confident my background in hospitality will help create a space for like-minded residents to unwind with their beloved pets after a long day,” said Martinez. “I’m positive that MUTTS’ arrival to the Phoenix area will revolutionize the way we interact with off-leash parks. There’s nothing more rewarding than resting easy, sipping a Barkarita®, and knowing your dog is enjoying itself in a safe and stimulating environment.”

All MUTTS Canine Cantina locations feature a walk-up bar serving local craft brews and Barkaritas® (MUTTS®’ signature margarita); award-winning burgers, chicken sandwiches, and PUPcicles catering to the four-legged customers. The inviting and relaxing atmosphere also includes HDTVs and Adirondack lounge chairs and multiple shaded seating areas within the off-leash dog parks.

“We’re very excited to expand the MUTTS brand to a new state. Phoenix experiences year-round sunshine which is perfect for guests who thrive in an outdoor environment,” said MUTTS Franchise Managing Partner, Michelle Boggs. “MUTTS’ special features like the easily accessible walk-up bar, the dog park’s ice baths in the summer, and seasonal events like Woofstock will make the new MUTTS location a perfect haven in the Gilbert community.”

The concept is built on a membership model. Customers can access the dog park by purchasing a Daily, Monthly, or Annual Membership. The membership includes free Wi-Fi, Bark Rangers® (who supervise and tidy up the park). Named one of USA Today’s “10 Best Dog-Friendly Restaurants” and by Orbitz’s as “Where to eat, stay and play with Fido in America’s pet-friendliest cities,” MUTTS has earned a reputation in Texas for its upscale off-leash dog park, bar, and grill.

About MUTTS Canine Cantina®

MUTTS Canine Cantina® is a unique franchise concept that provides the ultimate urban oasis for dogs and their owners. Bring your canine best friends to the pawfect spot to enjoy the outdoors and indulge in flavorful food and drinks. The dog-friendly restaurant and private off-leash dog park offers a full bar that includes local craft beer, famous Barkaritas®, MUTTS Original Chicken Sandwiches, mouth-watering fried pickles, insanely addicting milkshakes, and more. MUTTS Canine Cantina currently offers area developer and franchise opportunities to qualifying entrepreneurs. For more information, please visit

About SanTan Village

Located in Gilbert, Arizona and conveniently located off of 202L, SanTan Village is an open-air shopping center featuring many specialty stores including Best Buy, Dillard’s, Macy’s, lululemon athletica, and delicious restaurants like The Keg, Thirsty Lion, Kona Grill, Grimaldi’s Pizza, and Shake Shack. For more information, please visit

About FreeRange Concepts

Pioneering fresh ideas in the restaurant industry and with local venues like Bowl & Barrel, MUTTS Canine Cantina®, The Rustic, and The General Public and Joe Leo, FreeRange Concepts is led by founders Kyle Noonan and Josh Sepkowitz who have a combined 20 years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry. For more information, please visit

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