Al's Cafe has been a required stop for me, anytime I would find myself Elgin since the early 90s! Great service, consistently delicious food and lovely ambiance. It's wonderful!
If you are asking about their patio seating, and a lap dog or dog on a leash, you would have to call the restaurant and ask. The restaurant must comply with the ADA as it relates to service animals. Copied from... More
If you are asking about their patio seating, and a lap dog or dog on a leash, you would have to call the restaurant and ask. The restaurant must comply with the ADA as it relates to service animals. Copied from IllinoisAttorneyGeneral.gov: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a service animal as any dog* individually trained to provide assistance to a person with a disability. An animal fitting this description is considered a service animal under the ADA regardless of whether the animal is certified by a particular entity or wearing identifying markers. Service animals help people with disabilities perform tasks for which they need assistance. Most of us are familiar with guide dogs used by people who are blind or have visual impairments. However, service animals also help people with a variety of other disabilities. Examples include: Alerting deaf or hard of hearing individuals to sounds; Carrying and picking up objects for individuals with mobility impairments; Providing balance assistance for individuals with mobility impairments; and Alerting individuals to oncoming seizures. Service Animals vs. Pets Some service animals wear special collars, harnesses or capes. Some are licensed or certified by training entities and have identification papers. Special identification and certification, however, are not required by the ADA. How the Law Affects Your Business The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities by places of public accommodation, such as restaurants, hotels, retail stores, theaters, parks, concert halls and sports venues. These businesses must allow people with disabilities to bring their service animals onto the premises and into all areas where the public is generally allowed. Businesses may not demand identification cards or make unnecessary inquiries about an individual’s disability under any circumstances, including when a person is accompanied by a service animal. Illinois Law The Service Animal Access Act and White Cane Law are state criminal laws that guarantee the right of a person with a disability to be accompanied by a service animal in public. Violation of the Service Animal Access Act is a Class C misdemeanor. Violation of the White Cane Law is a Class A misdemeanor.