Sardi’s to Continue Westminster Tradition

Despite initial reports, the famous restaurant will still give victory meal to Westminster winner

Westminster winner Malachy at Sardi's

Photo Mary Bloom

Just as winners of the Indianapolis 500 drink from a bottle of milk, it has been a long-standing tradition that the Westminster Dog Show’s winning dog celebrates their victory with a free meal at the famous New York restaurant Sardi’s. Although Malachy, the recent Best in Show-winning Pekingese was given a plate of chicken and rice in a private room away from other diners, the city Health Department decided to end any future exceptions to pets being allowed into dining establishments without proper clearance (for example, a service dog). This common health code had long been ignored in favor of this yearly ritual.

In a surprising turn of events after a great deal of negative publicity, the city’s Health Department Commissioner decided to reinstate the tradition for at least one more year by granting a waiver. Only time will tell if winners subsequent to 2013 will continue the tradition or be held to the rules.


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amber - 212314   POPLAR BLUFF, MO

12/18/2012 3:02:08 PM

i do not like the updated site i can not use it

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Tracy   Lemont Furnace, PA

2/19/2012 8:11:44 AM

OH COME ON!!!!!! SERIOUSLY?!?!?! Let the tradition remain!

How is it hurting ANYONE that this(or any other winner) is fed a special meal in a separate room from other patrons of the restaurant?!?!?

These dogs are cleaner, healthier & more mannerly than most of the human restaurant-goers. Now I've never been to a formal dog show, however I've been to many Cat Fancier's Association shows & believe me when I tell you that these "owners & showers" of these animals are VERY PARTICULAR about anyone going near their animals & don't expect to pet one without their DIRECT CONSENT & OBSERVATION!

Now I'll get off my soapbox...but PLEASE just leave things alone already! Too many stupid rules & regulations just suck the fun out of everything!

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momo   anaheim, CA

2/19/2012 3:05:28 AM

I hope the health department changes their and let Westminster keep their tradition.

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Ann   Staten Island, NY

2/16/2012 5:14:11 PM

I think it's awful that the NYC Health Dept. has made this decision. The dog is not even taken into the front doors of the restaurant, rather into a private entrance, there is a small foyer with an elevator that takes him to a private room. I've no doubt Mr. Sardi would be turning over in his grave if this tradition is stopped, he was a very devoted dog owner and lover.

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