Food Police: Quinn Mulls Fast-Food Ban; Restaurateurs React to Health-Care Reform

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The McDonald's Filet-O-Fish. Photo: Melissa Hom

According to the Daily News, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn wants the newly formed City Charter Commission to determine whether fast-food restaurants should be distinguished from other restaurants in city zoning laws, a move that would allow lawmakers to curtail their ubiquity in poor neighborhoods where children are disproportionately obese. A similar measure already exists in London as well as South Los Angeles. Of course, fast-food joints are already reeling from the news that, because of health-care reform, they’ll have to post calorie counts nationwide. Today, Nation’s Restaurant News hears from some local restaurateurs who have varying opinions about whether that bill will “help our business” or be “horrible for business.”

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's latest beef: Fast food in city zones [NYDN]
Restaurants respond to health care reform [NRN]