Doggy dining: Dallas update

The Dallas City Council last year passed a measure allowing establishments to obtain doggy dining permits so long as they abided by the city safety and health regulations.

Instead, the effort to create a more urbane atmosphere in Dallas’ dining corridors is, according to The Dallas Morning News, a doggone blunder, and that more than a year later, Dallas hasn’t issued a single dog-on-patio permit, having received only six applications in the first place.

Acknowledging that the ordinance isn’t working, the City Council’s Quality of Life and Government Services Committee on Monday will consider revamping the law in hopes of making it work as intended.

Among the changes the council is scheduled to consider Monday is scrapping a provision requiring restaurants to install doorway-mounted "air curtains" designed to keep dog hair and dander from reaching inside the facility.

Restaurateurs complained that the devices are unsightly, loud and expensive – more than $1,000 in some cases.

They also lamented a provision requiring restaurant employees to clean an outdoor patio every 30 minutes – another provision the council will consider deleting.

If the committee approves the changes, the full council is scheduled to vote on the revised ordinance March 26, according to city documents.