California Law Allows Pets To Dine Outside at Restaurants


Picture this: it’s a warm evening and you are out for a walk with your dog in tow. Suddenly you smell something delicious nearby and come upon one of your favorite restaurants. There is a large outside dining patio there, as well as a hungry belly and a very well-behaved canine. You don’t want to have to trek back home, drop off the dog and then come back again only to eat alone – what’s a gal to do? If you live in California, you just may able to go on your merry way into the restaurant with dog in tow, thanks to a new California law that allows pets to dine outside at restaurants when patio seating is available.

Fully going into effect January 1st, it will be legal for people to bring their dogs into restaurants with outdoor patios and be seated outside. The rules: dog must remain leashed at all times; can only be seated in the outdoor patio dining area; and must be behaved at all times. It’s interesting because dogs have been allowed at many hot spot establishments in L.A. and California, but it was always at their risk and discretion. Technically, even today, doing so was illegal and by allowing dog owners and dogs alike in the restaurant – in fact, business owners had to face fines for it.

According to restauranteur David Wiesner, “The law going into effect in January is the law that I thought was already in effect.”

(Photo Source: Bay Area News Group)

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