“IT’S JUST A REGULAR BAR.. FULL OF PEOPLE AND THERE’S A BIG ALLIGATOR ON THE TABLE IN THE CORNER.. IT WAS JUST.. I WAS.. SURPRISED..” WHEN LINDSAY LEMMER WENT TO CHECK OUT A NEW RESTURANT IN FITCHBURG.. SHE WASN’T EXPECTING THIS KIND OF TABLESIDE ENTERTAINMENT.. “IT WAS.. BIZZARE.. ” A FULL SIZED ALLIGATOR.. ANOTHER SMALLER GATOR ALONG WITH TWO HANDLERS HAD GRABBED A SPOT IN THE BAR AT ME AND JULIO’S.. “IT SEEMED LIKE A VERY UNSAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR ALL OF THE PEOPLE AROUND THE ANIMALS AND IT SEEMED LIKE A VERY INHUMANE SITUATION FOR THE ANIMALS THEMSELVES.” DANE COUNTY HEALTH INSPECTORS HAVE SEEN THE VIDEOS POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND SAY THEY DIDN’T TO LIKE IT EITHER. DOUG VOEGELI MADISON AND DANE COUNTY DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH “THIS WAS A FIRST FOR ME.. WE HAVE HAD COMPLAINTS ABOUT DOGS IN RESTURANTS BEFORE.” “BUT NEVER AN ALLIGATOR.” BECUASE OF SAFETY AND SANITARY CONCERNS.. THE RESTURANT RECEIVED A WARNING FROM THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT.. “HEALTH CODE PREVENTS PROHIBITS ANY ANIMALS ON SITE OF A FOOD ESTABLISHMENT..” BUT THE RESTURANT OWNER SAYS.. HE HAS AN EXPLINATION.. MICHAEL SHAUL, RESTURANT CO-OWNER “THIS WASN’T A PLANNED EVENT AT ALL.” “WHEN ONE OF THE RESTURNAT OWNER’S FRIENDS.. WHO FAMOUSLY HANDLES ANIMALS WAS IN TOWN.. THEY INVITED HIM TO STOP BY THE RESTURANT.. THINKING IT WAS NO BIG DEAL.” “MONTY WAS COMING DOWN WITH ALBERT.. AND I HAD NO IDEA WHO ALBERT WAS.. AND IT TURNED OUT HE WAS AN ALLIGATOR.” MONTY HANDLES ALLIGATORS.. HE’S HAD THIS ONE FOR YEARS.. AND CLAIMS IT’S HARMLESS. “MONTY TAKES HIM EVERYWHERE.” “IT WAS LIKE HAVING A LITTLE PET DOG..” BUT SOME RESTAURANT GOERS LIKE LEMMER DISAGREE.. ” AT THIS POINT I’M JUST WORRIED FOR THE ANIMAL.. AND JUST DISGUSTED.” LINDSAY LEMMER TOOK THIS VIDEO.. OF A FULL SIZED ALLIGATOR TAKING A TABLE AT A NEW RESTURANT IN FITCHBURG LINDSAY LEMMER SAYS SHE WASN’T EXPECTING TO SEE THIS ME AND JULIO’S RESTURANT RECEIVED A WARNING FROM THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND THE OWNERS SAY IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN.. HANNAH I HAVE SEEN DOGS AT SOME RESTAURANTS AROUND THE CITY… WHY ARE THEY ALLOWED AND NOT OTHER ANIMALS? LEIGH THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAYS THE ONLY ANIMALS ALLOWED INSIDE RESTAURANTS ARE THERAPY DOGS… AND LEASHED DOGS ARE ALLOWED ON MOST PATIOS AROUND MADISON.. AS FOR ALBERT AND OTHER ALLIGATORS THEY’LL HAVE TO DINE ELSEWHERE.