Having a restaurant where dog owners could sit outside with their pets seemed like such a great idea to so many people.
Except not the Lexington-Fayette Health Department, which says that Double Dogs Chow House, which opened Monday at Hamburg, can’t allow customers to bring their dogs onto the patio after all.
“We have informed them FDA code says animals can’t be on the premises,” said Kevin Hall, health department spokesman. “Dog-owners should not be bringing their dogs to the restaurant.”
The dog-themed chain (tagline: “Sit. Stay. Eat.”) is named for the owner’s dogs, Bo and Chancey, and the menu features burgers named for the labs as well as Bo’s Dog Bowl Nachos.
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Leslie Wright, spokeswoman for the Bowling Green-based chain, said that Double Dogs is dog-friendly at its locations in Bowling Green, Louisville, Nashville and Knoxville, Tenn., without issues.
“We can’t speak to the enforcement of other health departments, but in Lexington, if we’re asked if dogs are permitted at a restaurant, this is the code we cite,” Hall said in an email with a section of code that read, in part: “Except as specified in (B) and (C) of this section, live animals may not be allowed on the PREMISES of a FOOD ESTABLISHMENT.”
So for now at least, the welcome mat to the Lexington restaurant’s patio has been pulled: no dogs allowed.
But dog owners can take some comfort: cats aren’t allowed either.