Southington's Smokin' With Chris promises ADA upgrades

BY Gregory Seay

Southington's Smokin' With Chris restaurant has agreed to changes to its building exterior and interior to better accommodate people with disabilities, authorities say.

Owners of the barbecue eatery recently settled federal civil allegations that its facilities at 59 W. Center St. do not comply with the federal Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the Connecticut U.S. Attorney's office said Monday.

According to ADA investigators, Smokin' agreed over the next year to create accessible parking spaces, add an accessible entry route and entrance to the eatery; install a ramp; erect an accessible restroom; and add accessible seating in the dining, bar, and patio areas.

Under federal law, private entities that own or operate places of "public accommodation," including restaurants, are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of disability, ADA investigators said.

Smokin' With Chris' owners could not be immediately reached Monday for comment.