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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.

Angela April 02, 2013 at 12:31 PM
Ok I get it, trying to preserve the small business. Competition for small business is also a good thing. Restricting things like this is silly. The Vernon hill shopping center really could use something other than the bagel cafe with seating for about 20.
frank April 02, 2013 at 01:57 PM
just take a look at all the pizza places and delis. most are not very pretty when is tony c going to be more open minded. i believe his comments were out of line
Ruth Bader April 02, 2013 at 03:53 PM
I cannot believe they didnt let Panera in!! What a mistake. Who needs another meatball joint or a chinese restaurant? What in the heck is wrong with this guy??? Mill road looks like absolute hell!!! No other local town looks like this! Even Tuckahoe looks a little better. Good Grief!
Nancy Protzman April 02, 2013 at 04:59 PM
While I agree that local businesses are important and should be considered first, couldn't applications be considered on a case-by-case basis? Not all chains are offensive. Remember Friendly's a mainstay in Eastchester for many years? I've been to a Panera Bread restaurant--it does have tables and chairs and good food.
Eleanor April 02, 2013 at 05:42 PM
Ruth's comment "Even Tuckahoe looks a little better" is way out of line. I live in Tuckahoe and proud of it!
patricia colavito April 02, 2013 at 05:48 PM
and how many stores does eastchester have vacant - i can tell u its alot - i am not saying run a muck with fast foods, but a couple won't hurt - how many CVS do we need
patricia colavito April 02, 2013 at 05:49 PM
totally agree - now T.C. is Mayor bloomberg
Jake April 02, 2013 at 08:56 PM
Can you spell 'Chipotle' - how about allowing some affordable healthy food choices in this one dimensional white bread town
dennis berger April 02, 2013 at 09:48 PM
I would suggest a total demolition of the eyesore that is the five corners. The structures are dated and ugly and the re-do was a waste of taxpayers(including me) money. I think what Mr. Colavito really wants to add is a few more gas stations and perhaps a Jiffy Lube.
Mike April 02, 2013 at 11:20 PM
What Eastcheter REALLY needs are the following: (1) more hair salons (2) more dry cleaners and (3) a Mercedes dealer that sells only white 300 C class.
Bill Peterson April 02, 2013 at 11:48 PM
Eastchester needs more than greasy pizza and delis who contribute to government officials in order to buy their votes to keep good healthy family oriented restaurants out of the town. It's just a case of government making it harder to keep properties full and thriving
CATHYCASA April 03, 2013 at 02:06 AM
TO TONY COLAVITA YOUR A COPY CAT ACTING LIKE MAYOR BLOOMBERG I HEARD YOU SAY YOU DON'T WANT EASTCHESTER LOOKING LIKE YONKERS OR MT VERNON PLEASE EXPLAIN ? WE HAVE ALOT OF YOUR EASTCHESTER RESIDENTS HERE SHOPPING ON CENTRAL AVE LETS BE REAL TONY ..THAT WAS UNCALLED FOR .CATHY CASA
joanne April 03, 2013 at 11:24 AM
haha so true
CarolAR April 03, 2013 at 02:38 PM
Johnny Rockets, which replaced Friendly's, is a chain and they didn't seem to have any problem getting approval. I think these guys need to move into the 21st century and realize that not all "fast food" places are the same. Except for adding more traffic at an already busy intersection, I would have been happy to have a choice of some place to get soup and salad without having to leave town. And re: Yonkers, Mt. Vernon and White Plains, I'm already shopping and eating there.
CarolAR April 03, 2013 at 02:47 PM
I agree. You can make a point without being mean spirited. Besides, Main Street and Depot Square are looking pretty great.
CarolAR April 03, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Wait, you forgot nail salons.
CarolAR April 03, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Don't worry Cathy. Everybody who is tired of pizza and deli food is shopping and eating in Yonkers, Mt. Vernon and White Plains now anyway. More tax revenue for them, hopefully lower taxes for you.
I LOVE GREAT FOOD April 03, 2013 at 11:30 PM
If you are looking for great soup and salads....try Teresa's Bakery & Café on Mill Road. They are family owned and operated, are very friendly and have great home-made meals, fifteen diverse paninis, hot and cold sandwiches and award winning meatballs. You can eat in or take it to go. Tomorrow's soup is pasta fagiola. You can also wrap up your meal with their homemade desserts. My personal preference is the cannoli.....as their sign says, "one bite and you'll be hooked". My family and I are definitely hooked on Teresa's cannoli and can't wait for the weather to warm up so we could try one of their signature ice-cream sundaes.....it's a toss up between the Death by Chocolate Sundae or the Nutella Sundae...by their names, I'm sure both will be DEEEEELICIOUS.
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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