This bill would allow the restaurant owner to determine whether or not they would like to allow dogs in their outdoor dining area. This would not be a sudden free-for-all of rampant dogs in outdoor dining.
I personally think it is up to the business owner to make such decisions on their own behalf. I think it would be safe to say that some may choose to keep their outdoor dining dog-free.
As with anything, like kids or adults, you always have the ones who misbehave. So, will there be the person who takes a misbehaving dog to a restaurant? Well, to be honest, yes. But it’s the same thing with any issue a restaurant owner might come across.
What about the screaming baby with a stinky diaper? I love kids, but that’s not my idea of an ideal dining situation. Responsible parents address the situation just as a responsible dog owner would. The staff at the restaurant would have to address that situation if it wasn’t addressed by the diner.
But, in all honesty, a majority of people dining with their dogs wouldn’t do it unless their dog was well-behaved. It would be embarrassing otherwise, and no one sets out to get embarrassed.
Note that you can go north and south of us and take your dog to dinner. Are we missing out on some opportunities? Absolutely.
Must Love Dogs Boutique & Spa