Newark City Council Adopts Ordinance To Limit Hours Of Late-Night Restaurants

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Newark’s City Council unanimously adopted an ordinance to limit the business hours of restaurants located in high crime areas of the city.

The ordinance requires restaurants to close at 10 p.m. during the week and at 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The council reportedly made a list of areas they think are problematic.

Restaurants that want to stay open later would be able to request an exemption from police.

The measure stems from the shooting death of Officer William Johnson, who was shot and killed while waiting to buy a slice at Texas Fried Chicken and Pizza on Lyons Avenue back in May, 2011.

A 21-year-old man and 19-year-old woman were also injured in the drive-by shooting.

Police arrested Rasul McNeill-Thomas in connection with Johnson’s death. He faces first-degree murder charges as well as two counts of aggravated assault, carjacking conspiracy and weapons offenses.

McNeill-Thomas has pleaded not guilty.

Several weeks after the shooting, Mayor Cory Booker vetoed a measure that would require fast food restaurants to post armed guards after 9 p.m.

This latest ordinance will be sent to the mayor’s desk and must be signed by him for it to become law.

What do you think? Sound off below in our comments section….

  • Jones

    Newark isn’t as bad as it used to be. Growing Asian population in some areas.

  • Lemrick Dawkins

    No wings (munch, chomp)…no (belch!) peace!

  • I Luv New-Ark

    Seriously? This symbolic and pointless measure is going to solve NOTHING. It won’t get guns off the street, it won’t magically eliminate turf wars, racial strains, ugly vendettas and gang stupidity, or make these so-called “high crime areas” any safer. All it will do is drive already struggling business into the ground while their customers take their dollars to businesses that are open late in the non-high crime designated areas (wherever that is in Newark). And where the people go, the trouble will follow….and guess what – all you’ve done is relocate the problems and created new “high crime areas.” Brilliant, Mister Mayor and esteemed City Council members….seriously.

    • FucNJ

      The ideal solution would be too build a wall around Newark

      • Ta'Quan Uggams

        Thass not what your moms told me.

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