30hop in Coralville agrees to pay damages, make building ADA accessible
Restaurant and United States enter into consent decree
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CORALVILLE — 30hop restaurant and bar in Coralville agreed Monday to make its building more ADA accessible and pay penalties for not doing so earlier.
Representatives from 30hop and the U.S. Department of Justice entered into a consent decree — a document in which the restaurant denies it intentionally discriminated against individuals with disabilities but agrees to be monitored by the government as it makes improvements.
The agreement is subject to court approval before it becomes official.
The restaurant agreed to pay an “aggrieved individual” $3,500 in damages and another $17,500 to the government as a civil penalty, according to the document.
30hop also must make numerous improvements to the building so it will be more accessible for those with mobility disabilities. These changes include building accessible routes in and around 30hop, more area for maneuvering around the front entrance, the addition of accessible dining surfaces and multiple bathroom improvements, among other alterations, according to the document.
All these changes must be completed within six to 12 months.
A major concern the government outlined was that one or more individuals were treated unfairly because they could not access the restaurant’s rooftop patio. The document explains the rooftop offers amenities that customers cannot access in other areas — including a view of the Iowa River Landing, live music and community events.
30hop must provide the government with a report detailing all the actions it has taken to become ADA compliant in eight months and after every eight-month period after that for the next two years.
“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, in a news release. “We commend the owners of 30 Hop for cooperating with the Justice Department and for taking swift action to remedy the alleged ADA violations.”