(Indian Harbor Beach, FL, United States) – Pat’s Place, a restaurant that serves Greek cuisine, is now celebrating its two year anniversary of becoming handicap accessible. The restaurant, which is located in Indian Harbor Beach, Florida, focuses on putting customers first in everything that they do. This includes making the decision to make their restaurant friendly for handicapped individuals. Patti Dooley, the owner of Pat’s Place says, “We are proud to make it possible for people in wheelchairs to enjoy our welcoming family- and handicap-friendly cafe. In fact, to make this possible, we closed for seven months to make the necessary renovations in compliance with ADA laws.”
The ADA, or the Americans with Disabilities Act, prohibits the discrimination of those who have disability in anything from employment, public accommodations, an accessibility in commercial facilities in establishments such as Patti’s place. Patti Dooley has said that they completely closed for seven months to undergo major renovations that will bring them into compliance with the ADA. For instance they made two of their bathrooms accessible to wheelchairs. They also lowered the countertops to make it easier for those in wheelchairs to use the sinks. This makes it possible for any of their customers to enjoy all that the restaurant has to offer.
Patti says that she loves treating their customers like an extended part of her family. “I like serving the customers and being able to get to know the regulars and spending time with them. “It’s like Cheers, but it’s a restaurant, not a bar.” Patti is actually the third “Pat” to own Patti’s Place since it was opened 25 years ago. One of the things that drew her to the restaurant in the first place was its family feel. However, becoming ADA compliant was just one part of her plan to improve on the restaurant. She dreams of expanding it to offer more dining tables, and she also desires a bigger kitchen.
Patti’s Place is known for serving authentic Greek cuisine, all of which is made fresh in-house. The restaurant has been in the family for three generations and is still primarily run by family members. Their specialties include spanakopita (Greek spinach pie), gyros, and salads. They also have items such as subs and pizza. One of the things that sets her apart, though, are her gluten-free options. Patti says, “I am gluten-intolerant and know how it can be to go out and not have options. I work hard to remedy this at Pat’s Place.”