As restaurants begin to prepare for the warmer weather, you may start to see some new type of guests as you dine out.
“Love, love animals, love dogs,” said Sally Bogdan, an employee of V2 in downtown Youngstown.
A new law placed into effect last year now allows dogs on restaurant patios. So, if you want to go grab a bite to eat, you can now bring your furry friend along.
‘We love animals here, everybody that works here loves animals, has animals and we’re outside. We don’t think it’s a big issue and if it is a issue, you can sit at a different table or go inside,” Bogdan said.
There are some restrictions with the law. The dog must be on a leash and must be vaccinated. The dogs must have IDs and employees also can’t touch the dogs while working.
“The servers don’t touch the animals, even though it’s hard for us not to do,” she said.
Some places will serve your pet along with you.
“And, if you come in and ask for like some water, we’ll give the animals water in a disposable bowl that we just throw away when they leave,” Bogdan said.
If you do plan to bring your dogs out, you may want to prepare so you are able to clean up after them.
“There’s a lot more people bringing their dogs around, I think. I don’t know if it’s because there’s more people in the city, or what’s going on, but it’s nice,” Bogdan said.
Over all it is up to the establishment whether or not they allow dogs in their outside eating areas.
Here is a list of some local restaurants that do allow dogs on their patios:
- Buffalo Wild Wings – Boardman
- The Federal – Downtown Youngstown
- V2 – Downtown Youngstown
- Los Gallos – Boardman
- Nicolinnis – Boardman
- Quaker Steak – Austintown
“We just want everyone to feel comfortable, whether you have a dog or don’t have a dog. It’s clean here and we’re friendly and happy and welcoming to everybody,” Bogdan said.
The law does affect the entire state. Businesses do, however, have the right to refuse certain breeds, so it’s best to call ahead and ask.