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Restaurant banned guide dog couple


IN ANOTHER shocking example showing the ignorance of some establishments to the law allowing Assistance Dogs access to the premises, a court admonished a Chinese restaurant for turning away two blind people because they had a guide dog.

Andrea Hope and Jamie Coady phoned ahead to the Imperial City Chinese restaurant on Belfast's Botanic Avenue. However, when they arrived they were told by staff they could not sit in the main restaurant with the dog.

The incident took place in December 2005. The friends were told they could leave the dog tied up outside. They were also told they could have a take-out meal or sit in a private room. They took their case to the Equality Commission and were awarded £1,000 each in an out of court settlement.

The restaurant owners apologised and admitted a breach of the Disability Discrimination Act. The Imperial City is now under new ownership.