Long Beach Restaurants Just Got Dog-Friendlier
You’ll usually find Long Beach, Calif., near the top of most dog-friendly city lists. A unanimous decision by its city council last night to allow dogs on outdoor restaurant patios will certainly help keep that ranking secure.
“Allowing pet dogs on outdoor restaurant patios creates community and a dining experience for all members of the family, including the four-legged ones,” Councilman Robert Garcia, who created the legislation, said in a press release. “This new policy encourages healthy living, promotes business and builds community.”
Previously, only service dogs were permitted to enter Long Beach dining establishments, including outdoor patios. Now it’s up to individual restaurant owners to decide whether to allow dogs on their patios.
Los Angeles County started allowing dogs on restaurant patios last December. But because the city of Long Beach has its own health department, it was not included in that decision.
According to the press release, the Long Beach city council has directed the city manager “to work with the Health Department to craft a policy that gives restaurant owners the flexibility to allow pet dogs on outdoor restaurant patios and return back to Council in 90 days with the proposed new policy.”
Before you check out the Long Beach restaurant scene with your dog, call the restaurant first to make sure it allows pooches. And to ensure it keeps its dog-friendly policy, read our 5 Tips for Dining Out With Your Dog.