Round Rock council votes to allow dogs on restaurant patios

Round Rock City Council votes on whether to allow dogs on restaurant patios. (KXAN Photo/Lauren Kravets)
Round Rock City Council votes on whether to allow dogs on restaurant patios. (KXAN Photo/Lauren Kravets)

ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — People in Round Rock could soon be taking their pups more places around town. The city council voted to approve the ordinance Thursday night, allowing dogs on restaurant patios.

Businesses will have to want to allow dogs on their patios. If so, they will have to post a sign, and have an outside entrance to the patio for dogs to come through, since they’re not allowed inside restaurants.

Dogs would have to stay on the ground, so they couldn’t sit on seats or tables, and servers would not be able to prepare food outside.

The city approved dogs on patios for Wine Sensation wine bar in Round Rock over a year ago, however there was never a citywide ordinance that allowed the four-legged friends on all restaurant patios.

“I just couldn’t believe it’s taken as long as it has, it seems like it’s a little backwards compared to other cities,” said Mark Reis, one of the owners of Wine Sensation.

Reis and his wife Barbra Waldare didn’t want to move their business to Round Rock unless they could have dogs on the patio.

“We’ve become the place where they say we’re, next to a dog park, we’re the most pet friendly,” explains Waldare.

With so many bars and restaurants in Round Rock, Waldare thinks the move will only help business.

“[People] do think, ‘Where can I bring our dog,’ I know we do,” says Waldare.

So far, any opposition to the proposal has been silent.

That was not the case in Georgetown. In July, Georgetown city council members voted against a proposed ordinance to dine with dogs, partly because they didn’t hear from any businesses pushing for the change. However, council member Keith Brainard said he might bring the item back up in a year or so.

Austin has allowed dogs on patios for years. The pups are not allowed on the table and servers are not allowed to pet your four-legged friend.

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