David York

Since moving to Atlanta in 1995, David York has made strides on our city and has helped make fundraising—well—fun. With a passion for animals close to his heart, York opened up Barking Hound Village, a successful chain of doggie day care facilities and then founded the Barking Hound Foundation in 2008. This came at the helm of losing his rescue dog Sophie after 20 fulfilling years together.

Serving on boards like the Atlanta Pet Rescue and New Leash on Life, York spends his days raising rallying support and funds for pet rescue.

Now, using his restaurant experience—he and his sisters founded the Tennessee based Dumplin’ chain which they ultimately sold in 1995—he has opened Sophie’s Uptown in Buckhead. This eatery serves a vast array of pastries as well as great homemade sandwiches and salads and 25 percent of the proceeds are donated to pet rescue groups.

Where were you born ?
Sikeston, Missouri
How long in Atlanta:
15 years
Ansley Park
Favorite Restaurant:
Sophie’s Uptown
Best Sushi:
MF Sushi
Best Ethnic Food:
Tuk Tuk
Best Italian:
La Grotta
Best place for late night dining:
Top Flr
Best dessert:
Sophie’s Uptown
Best place for a romantic date:
Best Sunday brunch:
Hautest Club/Lounge:
St. Regis Bar at the St. Regis Hotel
Best place for a power business meeting:
The Ritz-Carlton
All-around favorite spot in Atlanta:
Piedmont Park Dog Park
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
The Georgian Terrace
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Sid Mashburn
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Best Spa:
Favorite Charity Event:
New Leash on Life
Favorite Cultural Event:
High Museum of Art Wine Auction
Favorite Cultural Institution:
Atlanta Botanical Garden
Best Aspect of Atlanta:
The people
Best Steakhouse:
Rathbun’s Steak
Best Pizza:
Best Lunch:
Sophie’s Uptown
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
Urban Body
Best Massage:
Elemis at the St. Regis Hotel
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
Greene Classic Limousine
Best Museum/Exhibit:
High Museum of Art
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Fox Theatre
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