No More Steak from Sardi's for Westminster WinnersPublished February 16, 2012
Malchy the Pekingese = Sara Bogush
Each year, upon winning the top prize of Best in Show at the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the top dog is paraded throughout various locations in New York City the day after, giving the media the chance to spotlight the winning pooch. One stop on this annual media tour has been Sardi's, a New York restaurant in the Theater District, that has invited the winning dog to dine at its facility year in and year out.
That tradition, which has lived on over the course of three decades, came to a sad conclusion as of yesterday.
According to a New York Post article, the tradition is ending as the city's Health Department tightens its restrictions on animals being able to dine in the same area as their human counterparts. Yesterday, the Health Department decreed that Sardi's would no longer be able to publicly invite the winners of Westminster to its restaurant, making Malachy the Pekingese perhaps the last doggie diner at the historic venue.
What do you think about New York City's Health Department tightening their regulations? Is the Westminster winner dining for one day at a restaurant detrimental to the health of restaurant-goers? Or is this a case of the Health Department being too stringent, and thus bringing a harmless and fun tradition to a sad close? Share your thoughts on the matter in a comment!