Have you ever been out walking your dog and wanted to stop by an outdoor cafe for a quick bite or a drink? Well, now you can according to a new bill signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott last week.

According to the law, restaurants can allow patrons to have their dogs with them in outdoor dining areas as long as the restaurant posts signs to that effect and don't allow the canines inside the restaurants. The dogs must also remain on a leash while there, and food must not be prepared in the outdoor eating area.

Some cities had already allowed the practice before the new law went into effect if the city or county put permits or extra inspections in place.

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