Heather Gleason & Dave Garry
When Heather Gleason opened Good Dog Bar back in 2003, after a five year stint in executive recruiting and several years in the restaurant business, she was just 28 years old, and doing everything from running the business to bartending at her new place. She needed a bartender, and she had one in mind—Dave Garry, bartender extraordinaire at The Standard Tap in Northern Liberties. Not only did Dave agree to join Heather at Good Dog, the two tied the knot in Vegas just a few short months later. Almost twenty years later, the two are proprietors of Good Dog Bar in Philadelphia and Atlantic City. And they still like each other.
Greta, one of their dogs
Greta is a four-year-old lab/hound mix who, like her brother, loves snacks. While she’s willing to eat just about everything—from biscuits and bones to sweet potatoes and peanut butter—Greta’s very favorite snack is bananas. When she isn’t snacking, Greta loves to fetch, especially in the ocean. This girl is mad for water. Dog parents: Heather & Dave.
Tito, their other dog
Tito is a three-year-old pitbull/hound mix whose favorite space is the couch—any couch, inside or out—and his activity of choice is snuggling on said couch. In between snuggling sessions, Tito is super into snacking—it’s his second favorite pastime. Tito loves jerky, carrots, tomatoes, yogurt and watermelon, but his absolute favorite snack is a juicy pineapple. Dog parents: Heather & Dave.
Philadelphia & Atlantic City
Carolynn Angle has spent much of her lifetime in the Philadelphia food industry, almost by accident. Though she’s an esteemed chef, she didn’t necessarily intend to have a life in the restaurant business. Instead, it’s been a combination of talent, work ethic, and a little bit of serendipity as she worked her way over from Bryn Mawr to Center City and Northern Liberties. And as the head chef at Good Dog Bar, where she’s been since 2018, she’s the one responsible for bringing deliciousness to the table, night after night. Her personal favorites? Seasonal daily specials created from locally sourced, fresh food that tastes great and supports the local economy. When she’s not working, this self-proclaimed animal lover is being inundated and adored by her houseful of pets.
Carolynn’s dogs: Thor, Mickey, Tony and Rambo
Thor, a long hair Chihuahua; Mickey, a Border Collie Jack Russell; Tony, a Jack Russell Chihuahua Pug mix; and Rambo (aka BO), a German Pinscher.
Four dog brothers living it up in Cheltenham, where they live with dog mom Carolynn Angle as well as cats Jack, Marielhemmingway, Brigid, Dana, and Brutus and Oreo the cockatiels. Just like any big family, these pets have alliances. Rambo, who’s really on loan from Carolynn’s cousin, may be sweet and calm tempered, but he’s the source of envy from some dog siblings. Fortunately, he’s got Tony to team up with him. And while there are plenty of playmates for everyone, Thor’s favorite is his own stuffed animal dog, aptly called ‘Dog.’ Of all the dogs, ‘Dog’ requires the least work. Dog mom: Carolynn Angle.
Luis Batista loves food. He also loves movies, hanging with his toddler son, and his dog, but as far back as he can remember, he’s always loved food. And while he was under strict orders from his mom to stay away from the street food in his native Dominican Republic, Luis would wait for his mom to go to work, then sneak out with his allowance money and buy fried chicken and fried pork chops with plantains. Fast forward to life in Atlantic City, where Luis moved when he was 10. Luis picked up his professional interest in cooking from his dad, who would bring chicken stuffed with cheese home from his job as a cook at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. These days, Luis still loves cooking, both at work and for friends. At Good Dog, Luis is a big fan of the Banh Mi and the Macaroni and Cheese. And while he’s a fan of beer and tequila, he’s also into the mocktails at Good Dog Bar.
Snoopy, Luis’ Dog
Born in 2022, little Snoopy is still just a puppy, but as a full-grown Husky-to-be, he’s curious about absolutely everything, often pulling Luis and his family throughout the neighborhood and doing his best to explore his world. He loves playing with all the things, from rubber bones to the people around him, and like Luis, Snoopy loves food. What he doesn’t love, however, are bubbles. Whenever he sees a bubble — whether it’s being blown by a small child or waved around on a wand — Snoopy turns his nose up and walks in the other direction. It’s a solid “no-thanks” on bubble blowing for this good dog.
AC MGT Staff
As the very first employee and General Manager of Good Dog Bar Atlantic City, James puts all of his restaurant — and contracting — experience to good use. Whether he’s pitching in on the construction of a new booth, planning schedules, or hiring a new sous chef, James is involved in all areas of Good Dog Bar Atlantic City. Born and raised in Ireland, James came to the U.S. in 2012 with no plans to stay. Instead, he met his wife, had a baby, and fell in love with Atlantic City, especially its proximity to the ocean. When he’s not hanging with his family and dog, Chaz, he’s golfing, playing soccer, or at Good Dog, where he’s particularly fond of the poke bowl and the GDB beer selection, especially the Kane Head High IPA from Kane Brewing Company.
Chaz, James’s dog
Chaz, a Vizsla (and probably lab, and possibly pitbull) rescue, was adopted from Absecon in 2019 and is James’ first dog here in the states, though he grew up with them in Ireland. Chaz loves people. He loves people, especially James, and his wife, and their daughter (though sometimes she scares him a little) and absolutely detests the vacuum cleaner and leaf blower. Like all good dogs, he’s never met a meal he didn’t like, but he especially loves his weekly rawhide.
Katie Eaton isn’t just a perfect fit for Good Dog Bar because she’s got loads of experience in the hospitality biz — she’s spent the last decade working her way up from server to bartender to manager at JD’s Pub in Smithville — but because she’s a dog artist, and doesn’t every Good Dog need their portrait painted? While she doesn’t have a dog of her own (her two cats Poppy and Cosmo keep her plenty busy), she does have a dog portrait business, where she uses pastels to create some pretty amazing pup pictures. Katie’s excited to be joining Good Dog Bar, where she anticipates a summer full of lobster rolls, mac & cheese, frozen watermelon margaritas and frozen mojitos (when she’s off duty, of course) and plenty of fun for staff and customers alike.
A Hammonton resident, Greg spent the last four years bartending and managing at Rock Bottom Whiskey Bar, a great gig, and not one he would have walked away from without a pretty good reason. When he saw the post for Good Dog Bar, however, something resonated. Whether it was the Good Dog Bar mac & cheese, the brand-new cocktail menu that includes a delicious Espresso Martini, the fun venue, or the dog photos on the walls — he loves dogs — Greg went with his gut and joined Good Dog Bar as a manager. When he’s not at Good Dog, Greg’s hiking the woods of Batsto with his own good dog, Miles, or working on projects around his house.