Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Flap Over Fast Food on Park Ave.

Have you heard the flap over the type of restaurants that are making their way to Park Avenue in Winter Park? BurgerFi opened at the end of Park Ave. near Rollins College last year and has been hopping ever since. Now, Firehouse Subs is planning to open an eatery there later this year. To get around Winter Park regulations on only having "fine dining" restaurants on Park Ave., the sandwich shop will have wait staff and menus on its tables. "They're going to be the only Firehouse Subs in America that provides waiter/ waitress table service," said Jeff Briggs, Winter Park's development director, in the Orlando Sentinel.

However, to keep up Park Ave.'s atmosphere of upscale, independently-owned restaurants, city officials are trying to tighten regulations to keep out fast food-style restaurants in the future. If the regulations don't change, we could see Burger King or McDonald's making their way to Park Ave. for the first time, according to Briggs. Technically, you can't disallow chain restaurants. For example, Starbucks is a prominent fixture on Park Ave., even though it competes with the smaller, independent Barnie's Coffee Kitchen.

Do you agree with keeping fast food and chain restaurants off of Park Ave.? Why or why not? Sound off in the comments section below.

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