BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - "Waiter, I'll have what he's having."
That's right Kern County....we'll soon be dining out with dogs after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law Thursday permitting pet dogs at restaurants with outdoor spaces in the state of California.
The bill---AB 1965---doesn't force restaurants to allow dogs, but rather places guidelines for how they can accommodate pets, such as requiring separate entrances for outdoor dining, banning bets from chairs or benches, and requiring pets to be on a leash and with owners while dining.
The Mark in downtown Bakersfield has always welcomed dogs on its patio. The restaurants' new outdoor seating area called "The Park" will seat over 100 customers, and their furry friends.
"Some people don't have kids and that's their family," says The Mark's general manager and executive chef Ro Fernandez. "If we don't allow dogs, we're turning business away."
Other local eateries agree.
"We have no problems with well-behaved dogs just like we have no problems with well-behaved people," says The Padre's food & beverage manager Clifton Carmody.
Local jurisdictions can still ban dogs from patios.
The bill goes into effect Jan. 1st.
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