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White Castle Sues Lacey Township

Unhappy with the hour restrictions the Planning Board imposed on the fast food restaurant, White Castle has sued the township

White Castle has sued Lacey Township for the restrictions the Planning Board placed on its hours of operation.

to be built at the intersection of Route 9 and Sunrise Boulevard but rather than being open 24-hours, as the company had sought, the Planning Board restricted the hours of operation to 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.

“The board did what’s best for the local area,” Committeeman and Planning Board member Gary Quinn said. “We stand by the decision we made.”

The Planning Board previously cited a 24-hour operation as being disruptive to the community.

“It’s important to the town. It’s important to the residents and it has worked well with other fast food restaurants,” Quinn said in June, when the application was approved.

White Castle had asked for an extension to 2 a.m. but that’s when the bars in Lacey Township close, which is what the Planning Board wanted to avoid, he said then.

“We want more business to come in but not at the expense of the taxpayer,” Quinn said.

Operating 24 hours, seven days a week is White Castle’s business model, Director of Restaurant Operations Thomas Bray said, adding that he could not speak specifically to the litigation.

“When we go into a community, we operate 24 hours,” he said. “We want to be a part of the community. It’s a great place to be.” 

As a business in town, White Castle will bring a lot to the community including full time jobs with good benefits, charity and taxes, he said.

"I am beyond disappointed that a company who said they care about the community and saw the dismay of numerous residents present at their hearing would sue and insist on staying open 24 hours a day. Very sad," Resident Regina Discenza said.

The township was notified of the lawsuit on Monday, Sept. 10. Board Attorney Joseph Coronato does not anticipate getting a court date until November and arguing the case until March or April.

Bray could not comment on whether White Castle will move forward with construction or wait until a settlement is reached.

ed sherwood September 18, 2012 at 05:39 PM
they should be sued, change the rules as they see fit, people have rights to use there property as it is zoned for and the board ignores the constitution at will, my land on Lacey rd is zoned c-150 commerical, and the present planing board has stopped several buyers, over 10 years, for a road they have no permit for that they may build someday somebody better step up or i am next to sue
GB Shore September 18, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Are you not able to sell at all because of the potential for the road? Didn't they low ball you a few years back? THAT is what I think they are looking to do...acquire it for as little as possible and use the leverage they have to screw you...I would have forced the hand a long time ago...
ed sherwood September 18, 2012 at 07:44 PM
The town, county,and school offered me 450in 2005 then backed out, have a lawyer from monmouth county going over the papers as we speak, not sure how to move forward, but the county is saying I cant make a left out my driveway when the road is built and the town says i cant use the road for an exit if they build it, how do i force there hand, lawyer says its called reverse condemnation, tired of all the bills
GB Shore September 18, 2012 at 08:58 PM
What a bunch of s-bags...rules, laws legaleze and who get rich in the process? The lawyers.....who can use their power and the laws to get something they want? the Town...who gets screwed? You....I'd find the nastiest lawyer I could find who takes no bullcrap and will do the job....you need to find the "Joe Tocopina" for disputes like this....
ELAINE September 21, 2012 at 07:33 PM
WHAT IS THE BIG DEAL IF THEY STAY OPEN ALL NITE NOT MUCH TIME DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 1 AM & 6 AM SO WHAT KEEP ALL OFF THE ROADS WHEN LEAVING BARS HAVE A COFFEE NO DINERS OPEN SO WHAT GET LACEY WITH THE PROGRAM WHITE CASTLE IS A GREAT HAMBURGER PLACE WE WILL SPEND LOTS OF OUR MONEY AND LOSE ANYHOW SO DROP IT LACEY.

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