Ordinance would allow dogs at outdoor dining spots - WKRN News 2

Ordinance would allow dogs at outdoor dining spots

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Metro Council this week will consider whether to allow pet owners to bring their dogs into outdoor areas of restaurants.

Under the ordinance, dogs must be kept on a lease and will not be allowed on chairs, tables or other furnishings.

They would also not be allowed in indoor areas or where food at the restaurant is prepared.

"The restaurant would have to be constructed as such the dogs can enter [the outdoor dining area] without have to go through the restaurant, there can be no co-mingling of food bowls to food preparation products from the dogs to the restaurant itself," Brent Hager with the Metro Public Health Department explained.

Restaurant owners would also have the right to opt out of the ordinance and not allow pets.

At Jackson's Bar and Bistro in Nashville's Hillsboro Village, dogs are already allowed on the patio.

"We enjoy having dogs out here, I like dogs myself and the other guests seem to enjoy so as long as they're not a nuisance, we encourage people to bring their pets in," said employee Christopher Stowe.

Dog owners seem to like the proposal.

"I mean if the dog is well trained, I don't think it's an issue," dog owner Nathan Fortner told News 2 Monday.  "Leave it up to the restaurant owner.  If the restaurant owner wants to make it okay for dogs to come in, like I said, it's up to them."

Cheryl Fuqua added, "I think its good but some people might have allergies and that might be a problem, and I understand some people may not like it and I'd want to be respectful of that."

The Metro Council will take up the ordinance at its next meeting, scheduled for Tuesday night.

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