The dog days of fall: Ziggy's becomes the first restaurant to legally allow pupson the patio
Houston is a great patio town, so it seems cruel to bask in the beautiful weather while leaving your dog at home. Now, after a grassroots campaign by Patrick Walsh and his group Paws on Patios, Houston restaurants finally have the option to welcome pups to enjoy the patios alongside their owners.
The City of Houston Health and Human Services is now offering restaurants applications for a waiver allowing them to accept dogs on their patios, and Ziggy's Bar & Grill tweeted that it is the first restaurant in Houston to receive approval to welcome well-behaved pooches to its Taft and Fairview location.
Restaurants that want to be dog-friendly must have a separate patio entrance, as dogs are never allowed to enter the restaurant, must have self-closing doors to separate the indoor space, are forbidden from preparing food on any patio that allows dogs and must have clear signage that dogs are allowed, among other regulations. Dogs also must be leashed and well-controlled by their owner, are not allowed on seats or tables and can't be served anything by the restaurant except for water in a disposable container, although owners can feed them dog food or treats.
What places would you like to see welcome dogs next? Would you bring your pet to a restaurant?