Romp Room Dog Social

Indoor/outdoor dog park, bar and coffee lounge for Chicago’s...


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After a long day of work, many people want to kick back and relax with their friends over a nice cold drink at their favorite local bar.

For dog owners, though, there’s not only the commitment to head home to tend to their dogs’ needs, there’s also the desire to spend time with their pets.

In cities with harsh winters, the chances of finding a place for you and your pet to socialize together are nearly impossible many months out of the year.

In most urban areas, the best a pet owner can find are the typical dog day care facilities and a few dog-friendly bars where all dogs are required to be tied to the foot of a bar stool or table.

Wouldn’t it be nice if dog owners didn’t have to choose between their canine family members and social time with their friends? And wouldn’t it be nice to take advantage of a safe, climate-controlled dog park while enjoying a coffee or beer from a local company?


Romp Room will provide Chicagoans with a premier, year-round space to socialize over drinks while their canine companions take advantage of indoor and outdoor, off-leash play features.


Our simple, yet effective and versatile concept offers a combined indoor/outdoor entertainment venue for both humans and their canine companions.

All indoor and outdoor spaces will incorporate a variety of standard and custom-designed, safe play features for dogs in conjunction with various concessions and entertainment for their owners.


  • Fully staffed bar with a vast selection of local and domestic beverages
  • Full-service coffee lounge with a walk-up, to-go window
  • Rotating local food trucks
  • Designated event space featuring a wide range of offerings including local music, games, trivia, televised events and gallery space for local artists to display their work

We will also be renting space to local raw dog food company, The Raw Butcher. This collaboration will provide an easily accessible option for customers to pick-up their dog's food or browse and purchase various treats at their convenience, whether they are visiting our facility or just wanting to swing by for a quick "grab & go".


Location Secured
We have found a conveniently located, 13,700 square-foot property with versatile features. It is a former auto repair shop/showroom with a large, gated yard and patio area. The indoor space provides an open and airy feel, with multiple large rooms and 22-foot high ceilings.

Customer Acceptance
Our online/social media presence is gaining very positive traction. We have gained more than 2,500 people actively following our account/progress in less than 3 months. We have a growing subscription list for our monthly email and every comment provided by interested parties has been full of positive and excited rhetoric with an almost impatient disposition for us to open.

We will be collaborating with local raw dog food and treats company, The Raw Butcher, and one of Chicago's most popular coffee roasters, Dark Matter Coffee, as our sole supplier of coffee products.


Sean Swords – Owner/Operations Director: Responsible for the implementation and oversight of daily operations regarding the functionality of the Romp Room concept.

As a paramedic for Chicago fire department; owner of our pack leader, Bronco; and avid dog lover with a knack for creative design and a sharp eye for detail, Sean has a strong passion for our city and the well-being of our local neighbors and animals alike. He is extremely proud to be bringing this concept to life with the help of his closest friends and can't wait to see the happiness it brings to our communities.

Allison Heddon – Owner/Business Director: Responsible for oversight of business/financial matters and structure of operations and functionality of Romp Room.

This will be Allison's third company she's built in Chicago! A seasoned healthcare executive, her first company was acquired two years ago, and its artificial intelligence product will be coming to market this summer. Building successful companies is one of her passions, and she's excited to use her business expertise to expand into the hospitality sector and bring an amazing dog-friendly entertainment venue to the city.

Advisor team includes a seasoned hospitality executive who is the Corporate Bar Director for a large hospitality program in Chicago.

Andy Ciabattari – Owner/Operations: Responsible for the management/functionality of daily operations of Romp Room.

Andy is a firefighter/paramedic for the Chicago Fire Department and Co-Owner of The Raw Butcher, one of Chicago's first local raw dog food and natural treat companies. Andy has a passion for helping people and wants to ensure our community's dogs are healthy and happy by spreading knowledge about a healthy diet for our city's furry family members. Andy is eager to create his dream of having a dog park bar that brings our community together in a laid-back atmosphere.

Megan Goldufsky – Owner/General Manager: Responsible for the day-to-day organization, operation and management of Romp Room's bar and coffee lounge.

Megan is a manager/bartender at two of Chicago's high-volume, traditional style taverns. Both bars have successfully been in business for over a decade. Megan also has a passion for health and fitness. After welcoming her dog, Kingston, into the family, she had a drive to make sure he was given a happy and healthy life. As Co-Owner of The Raw Butcher, Megan can't wait to bring both her expertise and passions to help bring Chicago's residents an amazing experience at our establishment.

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