Middletown to Introduce Restaurant Chain Ordinance | Municipal

Middletown will move forward with the formal introduction and public hearing process for an order that would ban new restaurant chains in the city.

City commissioners agreed at a Monday night meeting to move the ordinance proposed by Burgess John Miller to the introduction.

The proposal would ban restaurants that share a name, logo, standardized menu, interior design or exterior architecture with restaurants located in other locations.

It would exempt restaurants in less than 10 locations in the mid-Atlantic region that are locally owned and operated but not franchised, or restaurants without drive-thru that are part of a food court or in the same building as other restaurants.

Formula restaurants at gas stations would also be limited to 26,136 square feet in total site area.

Existing businesses such as the city’s Dunkin ‘Donuts and Subway restaurants would be allowed to stay under the proposal.

Commissioner Jean LaPadula has said she is ready to move forward with the order, while Commissioner Jennifer Falcinelli said the public hearings will give them a chance to see what people think of the idea.

City administrator Drew Bowen said the ordinance would be subject to review by the city planning commission, which will hold its own public hearing, as well as a hearing by the townsman and commissioners.

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