DAVENPORT, Iowa (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that 30 Hop restaurant and bar in Coralville, Iowa, will enter a proposed consent decree to resolve allegations of violating the new construction requirements of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The ADA mandates that newly constructed facilities comply with certain standards for accessibility, called the ADA Standards for Accessible Design.
According to the DOJ, 30 Hop failed to adhere to these rules when building its multistory restaurant and bar with rooftop patio in 2014. The department contends 30 Hop failed to provide an access route to the rooftop patio or the lower level, created an inaccessible entrance, and had no accessible dining tables and an inaccessible bathroom.
The decree says 30 Hop will work to make its facility comply with the ADA Standards for Accessible Design by, among other things, adding an elevator between the ground floor and rooftop patio. The restaurant also will pay a $17,500 civil penalty.
“All newly constructed restaurants and bars must be readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities,” said principal deputy assistant attorney general Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “We commend the owners of 30 Hop for cooperating with the Justice Department and for taking swift action to remedy the alleged ADA violations.”