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Restaurants are businesses or establishments that offer food, drink, and related services to customers—usually members of the public, unless the restaurant is part of a private club. For purposes of laws regarding accessibility by handicapped persons, restaurants are places of public accommodation.

In Texas, restaurants are considered places of public accommodation and are therefore subject to both federal and state regulations regarding accessibility for individuals with disabilities. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), restaurants must provide equal access to their facilities and services for people with disabilities. This includes removing architectural barriers where possible, ensuring wheelchair accessibility, providing accessible parking spaces, and offering auxiliary aids and services for effective communication. Texas state law aligns with the ADA and may also include specific building codes and regulations that address accessibility. Compliance with these laws is mandatory for restaurant owners to avoid discrimination and to ensure that all customers, regardless of disability, can enjoy the services offered by the restaurant.

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