Wake County Reconsiders, Dogs Allowed on Patios

Wake County Reconsiders, Dogs Allowed on Patios

August, 25, 2009, by Jennifer

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After food safety officials in Wake County interpreted a decades-old regulation by telling restaurants they would be ordered to ban pets from outdoor seating areas, a very heated public debate quickly followed. Now Wake County attorneys have determined that the regulation currently in place does not explicitly ban pets from restaurant patios and therefore will not be enforced.

When news of the pet ban hit the internet Friday, many people were furious. Restaurants claimed they should decide whether or not to allow dogs. Dog owners said they should be allowed to decide whether or not to bring their dogs. Non dog owners said they should decide whether or not to eat at pet-friendly restaurants. While there were also many people who supported the regulation, County Attorney Scott Warren ultimately decided that the decision should be left to restaurants.








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  • Brad
    08/25 07:21 AM

    Excellent!  Can we now propose banning children from restaurant patios?  Thanks!

  • sally
    08/25 07:44 AM

    How funny! How about we also ban people who talk (or laugh) too loudly, who wear ugly clothes, or who are generally obnoxious.

  • wg
    08/25 08:00 AM

    i still think children should be banned from patios… ha!

  • Jackson
    08/25 10:30 AM

    “How funny! How about we also ban people who talk (or laugh) too loudly, who wear ugly clothes, or who are generally obnoxious.”

    No, just ban children and those terrible mega-strollers that contain months worth of supplies in case a nuclear war starts while having lunch outside or inside at Raleigh Times.

  • Vicky
    08/25 10:51 AM

    Ban ridiculous haircuts at Raleigh Times if we’re gonna start banning stuff.

  • wg
    08/25 11:06 AM

    oh yeh, also ban tuffies…

  • j ♥ j
    08/25 11:31 AM

    i love the schnauzer in the pic.  what a cutie!

  • Cindy H.
    08/25 11:44 AM

    I think as a parent, we tend to get annoyed with those comments…but quite honestly, there are children that should be banned…along with their parents who allow them to behave the way they do.

  • Black Homeless Dog Smoking a Cigarette
    08/25 12:10 PM

    Life is good.

  • smitty
    08/25 01:11 PM

    Welcome to Raleigh, City of Oaks.  Children not welcome.

  • Sue
    08/25 02:10 PM

    Those unruly children have to go home with the parents who let them drink sugar and caffeine and run around on a patio.  Be glad you are not there at bed time.  Smile don’t let it ruin a good meal or cocktail.  Now think about what that unruly child will be like as a teenager and laugh.

  • sarah
    08/25 07:14 PM

    so which of our fab local establishments are (WELL BEHAVED) pup friendly? sorry, me & spot have been out of town for a while.

    (we’re still talking dogs, right? not unruly children?)

  • James C.
    08/26 06:29 AM

    “No, just ban children and those terrible mega-strollers that contain months worth of supplies in case a nuclear war starts while having lunch outside or inside at Raleigh Times.”

    FEEL MY GENERATION X ANGST!!!!

  • claire
    08/26 10:34 AM

    humble pie has a great dog-friendly patio (and staff)- see you and spot there!

  • Stroller Mafia
    08/26 12:25 PM

    C U Next Tuesday at the Raleigh Times!

  • Caylee-Anne
    08/26 12:32 PM

    “C U Next Tuesday at the Raleigh Times!”

    OMG Yes!  I’ll get there extra early (when they open) and rope off several tables.  We’ll talk about monogramming our Tahoes and strollers!  Till Tuesday!!! C U 2s d! :)

  • James C.
    08/26 12:36 PM

    “C U Next Tuesday at the Raleigh Times!”

    That’s what I hear…lots of it strolling around over there.

  • arthurb3
    08/26 12:44 PM

    Now we need the gay mafia there, too, and it would be all out war!!

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