// Crowdfunding Austin Hospitality //


Impact Area: Restaurants
City: Austin

Yard Bar dog park, restaurant, and bar. The best place for you and your dog to eat, drink, and catch up with friends in Austin, TX.

$37,130 Raised out of $75,000
487 Supporters
0 Days Remaining

Project Introduction

Hello! My name is Kristen Heaney and I’m the proud founder of YARD BAR. YARD BAR was born over three years ago when I asked myself one very simple question, “Why can’t I have a beer in a dog park?” And so my entrepreneurial journey began. I’ve left behind my architectural career to build YARD BAR for Austin, for YOU, because you love being outside, you love great food, drink, and company, and most importantly, because you really LOVE your dog.

Tell us why you think you will succeed?

More than just a dog park. 

YARD BAR is building a membership based dog park, restaurant and bar offering unique amenities for dogs and their owners. Our park will include agility and play equipment, staff to scoop the poop and keep the peace, clean and shaded seating, space heaters and mister fans, WIFI, rich-brewed coffees, quality craft beers, and sparkling wine. 

Adjacent to the dog park, our restaurant will offer lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, and dog treats to our guests with or without dogs. YARD BAR will be Austin’s new backyard, built for hanging out with our two-legged and four-legged friends. We will be the first choice for dog birthday parties, breed meet-ups and pet industry events. Our first location is scheduled to open this summer on Burnet Road in central Austin.

Membership and Park Fees
Your dog plays well with others and keeps up with her vaccinations and we'd love to play with her at Yard Bar! No breed restrictions. Our park is one size fits all. Membership and Park Fees are for DOGS ONLY.

Daily Fee
$5 per dog

Monthly Fee
$15 for one dog + $5 for each additional.Unlimited park admission.

$150 for one dog + $25 for each additional dog. Unlimited park admission. Members Only events and discounts.

Remember the old Putt-Putt on Burnet Road?

This Austin landmark has been sitting vacant for over 6 years and it’s ready for a comeback! 

Our renovations will include:
  • Remodel and 800+ square foot addition including a full kitchen and bar.
  • New accessible restrooms
  • New kitchen and bar equipment and fixtures
  • Complete park renovation including new hardscape, landscape, and mulch.
  • New decomposed granite surface for the dining patio
  • New fencing
  • Refurbishing select Putt-Putt holes for play
  • Repair and re-stripe existing parking lot

We’ll also need to purchase dining tables and chairs, beautiful string lighting, mister fans, and space heaters. Our park will need great seating, agility equipment, toys, bag dispensers and trash receptacles. 

What support do you need?

Glad you asked! We can’t wait to get Yard Bar open for you. Redeveloping a site of this size requires quite a bit of cash and, contrary to popular belief, former architects in their mid-thirties just don’t have that kind of cash lyin’ around. That’s why I’m asking for assistance from our loyal fans.

In return I’ve got lots of great goodies for you including koozies, pint glasses, t-shirts, and stickers. 

PLUS, we’re offering the BEST DISCOUNTS ON ANNUAL PARK MEMBERSHIPS that you will ever see. EARLY BIRD DOG gets the squirrel! 

Take a look at our donation levels on the right and chose a reward that you just can’t live without or a donation level that’s best for you. If you’d like to throw us a few extra bones you’ll also have the option to adjust your donation amount at check out. 

I LOVE YARD BAR but, um, I don’t have a dog...

That’s cool. Your donation still gets you lots of great YARD BAR gear and you attain HERO status by offering your dog park perks to a friend’s dog, or to that cute girl you’ve been meaning to ask out, OR to a local rescue group. How cool is that? Plus, YOU are ALWAYS welcome at Yard Bar. The food will always be great and the beer will always be cold, dog by your side or not.

A million puppy kisses...

Thank you. Thank you. Thank YOU! 

I could not be doing this without all of the love, loyalty, and friendship that friends, family, and fans of YARD BAR have shown over these past few years. I couldn't be more thrilled to be so close to opening YARD BAR’s doors and sharing our backyard with you and yours. It’s gonna be great! XO

With gratitude and joy,

Kristen + Venkman

Treats for EVERY Supporter

To show our gratitude to you, our loyal companions, we're offering great discounts on YARD BAR passes and memberships. Even better than that, we've got some great swag for you. Check the donation levels to see which gifts apply. XO

Stickers and Koozies

Pint Glass

YARD BAR T-shirt

Flashpool Productions

Learn more about Flashpool here.

Andy Bates Portraits

Learn more about Andy here

Nicole Mlakar Photography Session

Learn more about Nicole here.

Kristen Heaney
Brian Stubbs
Business Consulting/Bookkeeping
Ryan Steglich
Financial Consulting

About Kristen Heaney

Ms. Heaney will act as Managing Partner 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 practiced locally at the firms of Andersson-Wise Architects and Michael Hsu Office of Architecture. The latter is well known in Austin, TX as the go-to design firm for excellence in restaurant and bar design. While in school and in professional practice, Ms. Heaney spent many years supplementing her income working at local fine dining restaurants including Mirabelle and Eddie V’s Edgewater Grille. Ms. Heaney has a Masters of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin.

About Brian Stubbs

Brian Stubbs is providing bookkeeping, restaurant consulting, pre-opening, and opening operations expertise. Brian’s financial acumen, operations expertise and network of restaurant professionals provides essential infrastructure and oversight to Yard Bar. This support allows us to focus on the quality and consistency of our 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. Brian has assisted in accessing our initial capital requirements as well as verifying and developing projections for future revenue. Mr. Stubbs holds a BA in Accountancy from the University of Oklahoma.

About Ryan Steglich

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.

January 15, 2014 - 27% Funded and still growing!

Hello All!

Twenty days left in our campaign and I'm so very pleased to report that we've meet and exceeded our goal of being 25% funded by tomorrow! 

Way to go and a HUGE thank you to all of our early supporters! You are our foundation and we could not be doing this without you. 

There is lots going on behind the scenes here at Yard Bar headquarters, aka my dining room table. For those of you keeping an eye on the site for changes, you should start seeing some demolition activity in February. We can't wait. 

We'll be out 'n about this weekend spreading the good word. Be sure to follow us on facebook and SHARE our campaign with anybody you'd like to hang out with at Yard Bar. 

Let's get them on board early and meet our $75,000 fundraising goal!

XO, Kristen and Venkman

January 10, 2014 - Thank YOU!

WOW! What can I say? In the midst of all the wonderful activities that surround the holidays and the start of a new year, our early adopters found a wee bit of time and generous amounts of money to share with Yard Bar. $11,260 and growing. I'm honored. Thank you!

Warmer temperatures will be coming to our fair city this weekend and Yard Bar will be out and about spreading the word about our project. You can help too! Are you doing something fun with your pup this weekend?! Let us know what you're up to by sharing your photos with us on twitter @yardbar and on facebook

And please share, share, SHARE our campaign with your super awesome friends. http://ow.ly/s9qib

You ROCK! Have a great weekend. 


Kristen + Venkman