More Salt Lake County restaurants will be allowed to let customers bring their dogs along for patio dining, as a popular program continues to grow.
The county’s health department has approved dog patio variances to 38 restaurants for this year, the department announced Thursday. That’s 10 more than received the variance in 2021.
“When we got a dozen, I thought, ‘That’s pretty good,’” said Nicholas Rupp, spokesman for the health department. “It’s just grown. We had a few more in 2020 than in 2021, which I don’t know if that’s pandemic-related — perhaps the increase this year and 2020 was pandemic-related, too, because we have more establishments creating outdoor patios, or are promoting outdoor dining options in the wake of the pandemic.”
The variances were first allowed in May 2012. In 2017, only 12 restaurants applied and were approved. That rose to 16 in 2018, 22 in 2019, 32 in 2020 and 28 last year.
Restaurants must go through a formal application process, and maintain certain sanitation practices. After being approved, the health department gives out “Approved Dog Patio” stickers that restaurants can post on their doors — whether or not they use that sticker, they must put up a sign alerting all customers to the fact dogs will be on the patio.
Restaurants also must provide an outdoor entrance, to prevent dogs from walking through indoor dining areas. They must clean the patio every six hours with non-toxic cleaners, and remove any accidents within 5 minutes. Servers and wait staff are not allowed to touch the animals.
Owners have to keep their dogs on-leash at all times, dogs must have a collar and tags showing current vaccinations, and dogs are not allowed on tables and chairs. They can be given water, but can’t be fed anything at the table — even dog treats. And they are not allowed to lick or otherwise touch any cutlery, glasses or plates.
Though the practice of walking cats on leashes has become more popular, they are not welcome at the restaurants — the license is canine-only.
ADA service dogs are able to access all areas of a restaurant under federal law, but emotional support animals — which are not recognized as service animals — must stay out of the dining room.
Here’s the list of dog-friendly patios for 2022:
Brewhouse Pub, 1722 S. Fremont Drive, Salt Lake City.
Brickyard Bar, 3000 S. Highland Drive, Millcreek.
Campfire Lounge, 837 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City.
Caputo’s on 15th, 1516 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City.
Even Stevens, 2030 S. 900 East, Salt Lake City.
Feldman’s Deli, 2005 E. 2700 South, Salt Lake City.
Fisher Brewing Company, 320 W. 800 South, Salt Lake City.
Flatbread, 1044 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City.
Garage Grill, 1122 E. Draper Parkway, Draper.
Gourmandise, 250 S. 300 East, Salt Lake City.
Gourmandise, 725 S. 12300 South, Draper.
Grid City Beer Works, 333 W. 2100 South, Salt Lake City.
Handle Bar, 751 N. 300 West
Hopkins Brewing, 1048 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City.
Ice Haus, 7 W. 4800 South, Murray.
Les Madeleines, 216 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City.
Lofte’s Bar and Grill, 2106 W. North Temple, Salt Lake City.
Log Haven, 6451 E. Millcreek Canyon Road, Millcreek.
Mountain West Hard Cider Co., 425 N. 400 West, Salt Lake City.
Park Cafe, 604 E. 1300 South, Salt Lake City.
Pig and a Jelly Jar, 401 E. 900 South, Salt Lake City.
Pig and a Jelly Jar, 1968 East Murray-Holladay Road, Holladay.
The Point After, 5445 S. 900 East, Murray.
Proper Burger Company, 865 S. Main, Salt Lake City.
Red Rock Place, 6227 S. State, Murray.
Root’d Cafe, 2577 E. Bengal Boulevard, Cottonwood Heights.
Shades Brewing, 154 W. Utopia Avenue, South Salt Lake.
Squatters, 147 W. Broadway, Salt Lake City.
Stratford Proper, 1588 E. Stratford Ave., Salt Lake City.
Taqueria 27, 149 E. 200 South, Salt Lake City.
Taqueria 27, 4670 S. Holladay Blvd., Holladay.
Taqueria 27, 6154 S. State, Murray.
Tea Zaanti, 1944 S. 1100 East, Salt Lake City.
Templin Family Brewing, 936 S. 300 West, Salt Lake City.
Trolley Wing Company, 602 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City.
Vessel Kitchen, 905 E. 900 South, Salt Lake City.
Wasatch Brew Pub, 2110 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City.
Zest, 275 S. 200 West, Salt Lake City.
Licenses will continue to be added throughout the year. They will be posted on the Salt Lake County Health Department’s website, slco.org/health/food-protection/dog-patio.