Eastchester Speaks Out About Restaurant Ban

A lot of people here in Eastchester are talking about the new ban. Here is what they are saying on Eastchester Patch.

People here in Eastchester are talking about the new ban that prevents restaurants like Panera Bread from setting up shop here. Last week, the Town of Eastchester amended its zoning code to prohibit restaurants with a stand-up counter in the front and menus on the wall. The new ban will prevent restaurants like Panera Bread from setting up shop here. The ban also prevents chain restaurants from opening up in Eastchester, if the chain has 15 or more locations.

Here is what your neighbors here in Eastchester are saying about the ban:


Joyce Baliint: Glad for the ban. We have sufficient local deli's and other restaurants where you can get something quick without these chain restaurants. Support our local merchants!

CarolAR: I'm not crazy about chain restaurants either but we could use a little diversity beyond pizza slices, meatball wedges and take-out Chinese. If fast food chains are viewed so negatively, how did we wind up with Dunkin Donuts and Carvel? Glad to see the new restaurants Polpettina and Burrata but how much pizza can you eat?

J.M: I think it'd be awesome to have a Spanish food place in Eastchester. Then what are we going to do about Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts or Carvel? They have "stand-up counter[s] in the front [of their stores] and menus on the[ir] wall." Also, from a teenager's point of view, I don't always have enough money on me to get a full dinner at the diner, or lunch at a deli. I also don't have access to a car, so I cannot go to a fast food joint in New Rochelle or Yonkers without walking for a long time and distance. It would be awesome if I could just walk down my street and buy a full meal for $2.

tammy: I think this is a terrific idea. If the town had been better planned upfront, and the town center wasn't essentially designed as a parking lot surrounded by stores, having a chain or two might not have such a bad impact. If you have a charming downtown district to begin with, a Le Pain Quotidien isn't going to hurt things. But Eastchester has no room for error.

The rationale that there already coffee/donut/ice cream chains is kind of silly: Just because some are already there, the whole town should be taken further down the toilet?

A full meal for $2 has the nutritional equivalence (and probably the same quality of ingredients) as dog food. Want a cheap meal? Chopped broccoli tossed with pasta is cheap. The last thing our town needs is easy access to cheap, fattening food in a tacky atmosphere which brings down property value.
Thank you Mr. Colavita for a wise decision.

Frank: It's called discrimination and the Eastchester board will lose on court

KT: Great! What we really need in Eastchester are more drug stores, dry cleaners and gas stations. We could have a beautiful town center at the intersection of Route 22 and Mill Road but all that we have is a sorry excuse of town planning of disorganized stores in an aging shopping center, a traffic nightmare that looks like something in a war zone. Keep up the good work zoning commission.

CarolAR April 04, 2013 at 12:44 AM
This is an ad, right?
Maria April 04, 2013 at 03:32 PM
@ Ruth - "Even Tuckahoe looks better?" -- what is THAT supposed to mean?!? I am proudly from Tuckahoe, I live in Eastchester and am lucky enough to be in the Tuckahoe School District. Tuckahoe is a proud and beautiful Village that has still retained it's wonderful character from when I was a child.
E.A. Del Colle April 05, 2013 at 12:06 PM
I understand & appreciate the rationale of keeping a "small town" feel in Eastchester, but the fast food issue is part of a larger problem. The Town Center project was well intentioned, but ill-conceived & the final product has flaws. Nice street lights, curbing & plants do not make for a practical, attractive Town Center. Old buildings housing businesses of various colors, ugly brown metalic storefronts (corner of Post Rd. & Fisher), and rotting air conditioners & a smashed glass front door at Days Travel (with yellow caution tape) provide a legacy of poor planning, construction & follow up. The moratorium on fast food restaurants was a good move; keeping it in place is logical. The Zoning Board & Planning Board need to wake up and look at the big picture - what is best for everyone in Eastchester. There is no consistency. Clean up the Town Center BEFORE making decision about adding new businesses. Quality fast food restaurants will WANT to come to a beautiful location & their decor will meet or exceed the Town's standards. Please - Mr. Colavita, Town Board, Zoning Board & Planning Board - let's get this right. Oh, and, before the North End starts to look badly, don't let the developers of the Summerfield project move forward. Eleven variances are requested & the building doesn't fit the footprint of the property. Let's get this one right, folks.
Donna Casey April 30, 2013 at 04:21 AM
Why does it have to be on MIll Road.. There are other sections like Marbledale or off of/on Brook Street or On Columbus Avenue.. I thought it wasn't such a great statement to say on Television that the Supervisor GOES OUT OF TOWN TO GET THIS TYPE OF FOOD! Spend money in the surrounding towns while our stores are closing down all the time.. !!! It made the town look snobby and Eastchester was never that! We could certainly use a Pannera Bread, or a Cosi.. Something other than Pizza or Chinese and Deli is right... CVS, banks and Nail Salons are every other store.. I think it's really time to change with the times.. Not in a tacky way at all. which by the way whoever picked that aqua color for the signs in Vernon Hills Shopping Center in my opinion and others, picked a very tacky color.!! The Signs in the south end, the Gold on Green are so nice and so classy.. Aqua is just not!
Days Travel is an eyesore May 01, 2013 at 01:15 PM
What is up with Days Travel? It's been vacant for the 10 years I've lived here...lets get that eye-sore torn down or back in use.


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