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Yard Bar

Yard Bar is a premiere dog park offering entertainment for your dog and a relaxed and fun outdoor bar and restaurant environment for you.

  • Stage Product In Development
  • Industry Food and Beverage
  • Location Austin, TX, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded October 2012
  • Employees 2
  • Website

Company Summary

Reinventing the typical dog park, Austin’s estimated 193,600 dogs and their owners will enjoy Yard Bar amenities that our public parks can’t provide, including agility and play equipment, clean and shaded seating, staff to entertain your pup, cooling mister fans, warming space heaters, and seasonal beverages for you. Yard Bar's patio dining area will offer delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner options for our guests and their leashed dogs.


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    Kristen Erin Heaney
    Operating Owner

    Ms. Heaney will be responsible for maintaining the direction and overall vision for Yard Bar as well as overseeing day to day operations. In her 12 years of architectural project management experience, Ms. Heaney has overseen the design and construction of many local bars and restaurants and she spent many years working in local fine dining restaurants herself. Ms. Heaney has a Masters of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin.

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    Brian Stubbs

    Brian brings financial acumen, operations expertise and a network of restaurant professionals to the table providing essential infrastructure and allowing Yard Bar to focus on the quality and consistency of product, service and experience. Brian's initial day to day responsibilities will include implementing service and product quality standards, food and labor cost controls, processing payrolls, monthly inventories, and financial statements.

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    Ryan Steglich
    Fractional CFO

    Ryan brings over 17 years of leadership experience having worked with a range of businesses, from local mom & pop retailers to, publicly traded companies, and Fortune 500 firms. He also serves on the Board of Junior Achievement and owns a real estate investment business. Mr. Steglich holds an MBA in Finance and IT from The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business.

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    Chef Consultant

    With experience in both fine dining and high-volume restaurants, our chef consultant is an excellent fit for Yard Bar’s goals of providing simple, high-quality foods for a lot of people. This chef will select and develop recipes, establish standard systems for delivering consistent food quality, supervise and coordinate initial cooking activities, hire and train the opening kitchen personnel, and plan the price menus.


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    Steven Butter of Dwyer Murphy Calvert, LLP
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    Deb Wiley of Tax Trailer