EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – Officials in Eastchester recently announced that they amended the town’s zoning code to ban big chain restaurants with more than 15 locations.
Residents looking to get a burger from McDonald’s or a sandwich from Quiznos are going to have to go to one of the neighboring towns in Yonkers, Mount Vernon or White Plains. The town is also banning hybrid “quick casual” restaurants.
Town Supervisor Anthony Colavita was a guest on the FOX5 morning show to discuss the decision.
“Generally speaking, you have a corporate driven architecture, milled décor and a plastic bubble menu,” he said. “It generates a lot of noise, excessive pedestrian and vehicular traffic and diminishes the character of a community.”
Colavita said that he has the support from most of the community, but that there are always going to be detractors on the opposite side of the fence. Resident Lucy Paul said that she agreed with the town’s decision.
“I like our town just the way it is, we don’t need to bring in those big companies,” she said. “We have plenty of great local restaurants, we don’t need to cheapen ourselves with big chains.”