Leave it up to the New York Health Department to ruin everything – now they’re coming for the pooches! The new letter grading system is much stricter when it comes to letting our four-legged friends chill out while we enjoy a beer or three at our local pour houses. Check it out, from the New York Times:
Of course, it has always been a violation of the city’s health code to allow a dog anywhere near a beer tap. But for years, this has been one of the most widely — and gleefully — violated rules in the city.
Not any more.
Since the health department adopted a letter grade system for bars and restaurants last year, bar owners say, health inspectors are allowing no wiggle room for four-legged patrons.
The stricter enforcement is apparently bringing to an end a rich tradition of dog-friendly bars in New York.
“Bars are built around characters,” said Andrew Templar, an owner of Floyd NY in Brooklyn Heights, which received a violation notice after health inspectors twice observed dogs on the premises this summer. “Now it’s just people and their people problems.”
Awww – we’re guessing that sad puppy dog eyes don’t really sway health inspectors. They issued 369 violations or live animals in the first year of the new inspection system.