Smokin’ with Chris in Southington settles ADA compliance issue with feds

Smokin’ with Chris in Southington settles ADA compliance issue with feds

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SOUTHINGTON — Smokin’ with Chris on West Center Street is making handicap accessibility improvements following an agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

According to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice, a person with “mobility disabilities” complained that the barbecue restaurant was not handicapped-accessible and was violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“The restaurant is in the process of making the changes to its facility required by the settlement agreement, including creating accessible parking spaces, adding an accessible entry route and entrance to the restaurant, providing a ramp to the accessible entrance, constructing an accessible restroom, and adding accessible seating in the dining, bar, and patio areas,” the department said in a statement Monday.

Restaurant owner Chris Conlon could not be reached for comment Monday.

John H. Durham, U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut, said the restaurant worked with the department to address the violations without litigation.

“We appreciate the cooperation of the owners of Smokin’ with Chris throughout our investigation and their readiness to agree to remediate the restaurant’s architectural barriers,” Durham wrote.

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