Sardi’s to Continue Westminster Tradition

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

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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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