Vet kicked out of Sevierville restaurant over service dog

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SEVIERVILLE (WATE) – An Army veteran said he plans to file a lawsuit after he says he was asked by a manager at a Sevierville bar and grill to leave because of his service dog.

Kevin Stone said he went to grab a burger at Screwball’s Bar and Grill. He left the restaurant hungry after he says a bartender told him he could not bring his service dog “Mambo” inside.

According to a police report filed by Stone with the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office, owner Jack Disney said the health department does not allow dogs in his restaurant, because food is served and it could cause him to lose his license. “It was a jaw dropper. It really hurt,” said Stone.

Not only had Stone had food at Screwball’s with Mambo before, but he said in the eight years he had a service dog he has never had a problem. After leaving Screwball’s, he went to Hard Rock Cafe where his service dog was let in with no issues.

“They knew me. They knew my dog prior to this event, so it just made no sense,” said Stone.

The U.S. Department of Justice’s American Disabilities Act states that “businesses and organizations that serve the public must allow people with disabilities to bring their service animals into all areas of the facility where customers are normally allowed to go.” The American Disabilities Act also says it “applies to businesses open to the public, including restaurants.”

Screwball’s Bar and Grill sent a statement to WATE 6 On Your Side after the story was originally published and several requests for comment:

We at Screwball’s are sorry for any misunderstandings or hurt feelings regarding Kevin Stone and his service dog. We cherish our Veterans and support them tirelessly. We welcome service dogs and are just crushed that the news story might have left any other impression. We will continue our support of all our veterans and continue to welcome them to Screwball’s with grateful hearts.

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