After decade-long fight, small Utah town of Springdale repeals chain …

31 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

After decade-long fight, small Utah town of Springdale repeals chain restaurant ban.

SALT LAKE CITY – A small Utah town outside Zion National Park has repealed a ban on chain restaurants, clearing the way for one of the country’s biggest fast food chains to open amid Springdale’s mom-and-pop restaurants.

Resident Jack Fotheringham and his business partners have been trying to open a Subway sandwich shop since 2006, all while fighting with the town over a law passed that same year barring chain restaurants. The town banned “formula” restaurants, or those that use packaging, preparation methods, signs, uniforms, decorations or menu items that are identical to at any other location. Springdale Mayor Stan Smith said the ordinance was already in the works. “It was put in place to protect the character and the feel of Springdale,” Smith said. “The restaurants are unique and individual and something you can’t get someplace else, and the residents felt strongly about that.” Smith said the town is concerned about preserving its village feel with “parkitecture” free of tall buildings and neon signs that would distract from Zion’s towering red sandstone cliffs. As visitors pour through town on the way to Utah’s most popular national park, town leaders want them to stop and try out unique local restaurants, he said. Fotheringham said they’ve had signs up in the restaurant’s window advertising the potential Subway for years, and every day tourists stop by looking to buy sandwiches at the closed shop. “The Subway has been ready to open for the last six years, and it hasn’t stopped anybody from coming here,” he said.

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