Earlier this year, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg attempted to pass a law banning large sodas. Now, another New York town is attempting to regulate the food options of its residents.
Eastchester, NY, a northern suburb of New York City, is already home to a ban on fast food restaurants. Now, town officials want to ban fast casual restaurants as well.
Fast-casual restaurants are the latest culinary fad. Fast-casual restaurants are usually a step up from traditional fast food offerings such as McDonalds, Burger King and Wendy’s. Chains such as Panera, Five Guys, Chipotle, California Pizza Kitchen, etc., offer customers â€śhealthyâ€ť food choices, usually at a higher cost.
The town added an amendment to its zoning code identifying â€śstandardizedâ€ť dĂ©cor and â€ścorporate-drivenâ€ť architecture as no longer allowed. Restaurants with 15 or more locations are also unwelcome.
The Eastchester fast-casual ban has nothing to do with calories or nutrition. Eastchester Supervisor Anthony Colavita told Lohud.com the restaurants â€śdiminish the character of the community.â€ť
â€śGenerally speaking you have a corporate driven architecture, you have a milliard decor, it’s a plastic bubble menu, it generates a lot of noise, pedestrian traffic, and vehicular traffic,â€ť he added.
Small business owner John Palazzolo, owner of Bon Appetite Deli, welcomes the ban and says itâ€™s good for the town.
â€śAÂ business that comes into town should enhance our quality of life instead of being a dominating force. When you run into these bigger chains, their presence can be dominating. Weâ€™re a town, not a city that can handle the traffic.â€ť