SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — An organic San Francisco restaurant is celebrating the Jan. 1 launch of a new California law that finally allows dogs in restaurant’s outside dining areas by throwing the Bay Area’s very first doggie brunch.
Plant Organic Cafe is organizing two “Milk-Bone Bottomless Biscuit Brunches” Tuesday morning from 6 to 8 a.m. and again from 9 to 11 a.m.
The brunch will include photo ops with Frida, the 6-pound “Dog Mayor of San Francisco,” adoptable dogs and treats for furry visitors.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill last August permitting pet dogs at restaurants with outdoor spaces. It doesn’t force restaurants to allow dogs, but rather implements guidelines for how they can accommodate pets.
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Some local public health departments have allowed dogs in outdoor dining areas for years, but the state has banned the practice. Local jurisdictions can still ban it if they choose.
The bill requires a separate entrance for outdoor dining areas and says pets aren’t allowed on chairs, seats or benches. They must be on a leash or in a pet carrier under control of the owner and owners have to clean up after them.