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5.1* General.  Except as specified or modified in this section, restaurants
and cafeterias shall comply with the requirements of 4.1 to 4.35.  Where fixed
tables (or dining counters where food is consumed but there is no service) are
provided, at least 5 percent, but not less than one, of the fixed tables (or a
portion of the dining counter) shall be accessible and shall comply with 4.32
as required in 4.1.3(18).  In establishments where separate areas are
designated for smoking and non-smoking patrons, the required number of
accessible fixed tables (or counters) shall be proportionally distributed
between the smoking and non-smoking areas.  In new construction, and where
practicable in alterations, accessible fixed tables (or counters) shall be
distributed throughout the space or facility.

5.2 Counters and Bars.  Where food or drink is served at counters exceeding 34
in (865 mm) in height for consumption by customers seated on stools or
standing at the counter, a portion of the main counter which is 60 in (1525
mm) in length minimum shall be provided in compliance with 4.32 or service
shall be available at accessible tables within the same area.

5.3 Access Aisles.  All accessible fixed tables shall be accessible by means
of an access aisle at least 36 in (915 mm) clear between parallel edges of
tables or between a wall and the table edges.

 5.4 Dining Areas.  In new construction, all dining areas, including raised or
sunken dining areas, loggias, and outdoor seating areas, shall be accessible.
In non-elevator buildings, an accessible means of vertical access to the
mezzanine is not required under the following conditions: 1) the area of
mezzanine seating measures no more than 33 percent of the area of the total
accessible seating area; 2) the same services and decor are provided in an
accessible space usable by the general public; and, 3) the accessible areas
are not restricted to use by people with disabilities.  In alterations,
accessibility to raised or sunken dining areas, or to all parts of outdoor
seating areas is not required provided that the same services and decor are
provided in an accessible space usable by the general public and are not
restricted to use by people with disabilities.

5.5 Food Service Lines.  Food service lines shall have a minimum clear width
of 36 in (915 mm), with a preferred clear width of 42 in (1065 mm) to allow
passage around a person using a wheelchair.  Tray slides shall be mounted no
higher than 34 in (865 mm) above the floor (see Fig.  53).  If self-service
shelves are provided, at least 50 percent of each type must be within reach
ranges specified in 4.2.5 and 4.2.6.

5.6 Tableware and Condiment Areas.  Self-service shelves and dispensing
devices for tableware, dishware, condiments, food and beverages shall be
installed to comply with 4.2 (see Fig.  54).

5.7 Raised Platforms.  In banquet rooms or spaces where a head table or
speaker's lectern is located on a raised platform, the platform shall be
accessible in compliance with 4.8 or 4.11.  Open edges of a raised platform
shall be protected by placement of tables or by a curb.

5.8 Vending Machines and Other Equipment.  Spaces for vending machines and
other equipment shall comply with 4.2 and shall be located on an accessible

5.9 Quiet Areas.  (Reserved).

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