Newark City Council wants eateries to close at 10

February 1, 2012 8:04:23 PM PST
Lincoln Fried Chicken is a family business.

When it first opened, Lincoln operated 24 hours a day.

A few years ago, the city council passed an ordinance that said they had to close at 2:00 a.m., which eliminated nearly a quarter of their business. Now the city council wants them to close at 10 p.m.

The new ordinance is the city's response to the murder at Texas Fried Chicken of Police Officer William Johnson.

He was off duty and not the intended target, but a gunman fired from outside and he was killed.

Under the new ordinance, fast food places and bodegas would have to close at 10 p.m. during the week and midnight on weekends, so that trouble wouldn't have a chance to start.

But at both Lincoln and Texas restaurants, people told Eyewitness News most folks get their food and leave.

Corey Booker told the business owner he would promote small business and make it easier for them to operate and make money in the city.

The business owner says that he now feels ignored.

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