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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.

Lacey Resident September 13, 2012 at 01:38 PM
The reason why White Castle will bring "trash" is because they don't have one on every corner, like McDonald's. The reason why White Castle is different than WaWa is because WaWa has a lot of various purposes...late night milk, gas, bread, dog food. The last thing we need is ANOTHER fast food place- regardless of the time they are open. @eRock- I prefer to live next to the white picket fence- but everyone has their right to keep trash on their lawn. And call it progress?? If you're waiting for White Castle to pop up so you can have a job- you might want to aim a little higher! (unless you're a teen or college kid- and who would let their kid do the three am shift?!)
ynot September 13, 2012 at 01:48 PM
We need another place to get gas....
GB Shore September 13, 2012 at 01:49 PM
This talk about the constituency of who goes to WC vs. McD, Wendy's is silly and specious at best. I frequent WC maybe 2x a year...does that make me trash? i shop for certain things at Walmart...does that make me trash? This whole line of discussion is petty, rude and quite frankly, shows a lack of mental ability. Also, the argument about multiple use is specious, at best. The same folks who go have a burger at WC may also stop at the 7/11 or Wawa or WM to pick up bread and milk in the morning....they already do. So let's stop with this line of argument...it is demeaning and shows just how much the FEW folks who MIGHT be affected by having a WC next to them (they did buy the house knowing route 9 was there and the lot could be built upon, right??????) are going to waste everyone's tax dollars by trying to fight this. I'm not a lawyer but I would poke holes in all these arguments VERY easily...this is nothing more than NIMBY....NIMBY can't be objective...it's that simple.....
grace September 13, 2012 at 02:16 PM
agreed other businesses open 24hrs why not white castle? whats the problem? how many people do they expect , thousands, come on
grace September 13, 2012 at 02:18 PM
good question vee is walmart 24hrs?
grace September 13, 2012 at 02:19 PM
omg put some things down by beach blvd then...have to drive to get to bagels etc
Winston Smith September 13, 2012 at 03:35 PM
who would eat that crap anyway?
GB Shore September 13, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Like anything in life, moderation. a murder burger once or twice a year for some is fine. A $50 steak at Morton's every week, is not as healthy as WC a few times a year. So, it is all from one's perspective....just because YOU don't particularly care for WC, does not mean they don't have the same right as any other biz who wants to come into our town and open shop up. Some might think the stuff you eat is crap, but would you care? No because it is none of their business and would be foolish to do so. I tell ya...some of the commentary on here and logic is scary....
ed crowley September 13, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Allowing the court to decide allows the planning board to say they did not allow 24 hours.
GB Shore September 13, 2012 at 03:54 PM
...at the expense of the taxpayer...let's firviously spend tax money on a suit we most likely will not win just so we can politically say we did what we could...if it were up to Gary and Dumkoff, I am POSITIVE they did not care about the 24 hours....BUT, they have all those votes to think about in the fall...so they had to do this and was hoping WC would back down...no doubt about it...politics. Lacey style....
hammer September 13, 2012 at 04:11 PM
White Castle is great. I love having to throw my underwear out 10 minutes after I eat it!
Mindless.Self.Indulgence September 13, 2012 at 05:51 PM
@L.Resident, no as I stated, I work very late hours, travelling two states on a surgical team-if you must know- and would like a burger if I would like a burger, while you are sleeping-never knowing the difference. Ever think an opportunity for a job may keep just one or two kids from actually being heathens. You're just another judgemental person that cannot accept changing times. Its quite sad actually. And as for "who would let their kid work a 3am shift" maybe someone with a sick parent, someone who doesn't HAVE parents, or parents that don't care-or even a parent that just can't give the kid cash for whatever until they feel like moving out pushing 30, a parent wanting to teach their child some responsibility. Just because your life didn't include maybe having to eat your pride, work a hard odd hour shift at minimal pay does NOT make it the norm for MOST people. The ignorance of most of what you have said is disgusting. Check a dictionary, look up poverty. THAT'S WHO would love a damn 3am job they can walk or bike to.
Mindless.Self.Indulgence September 13, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Maybe YOU should aim a little higher in the reality department. Ain't all peaches for the rest of us.
GB Shore September 13, 2012 at 06:04 PM
COULD NOT HAVE SAID IT BETTER MYSELF ErOCK !!!!!!!Good for you !!!!!1 Ditto
Mimi Neuhaus September 14, 2012 at 12:03 AM
EROCK YOU SOUND LIKE YOU HAVE AN AXE TO GRIND WITH SOCIETY THERAPY HELPS.
ed crowley September 14, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Will the police or public workers or the emergency personel who eat there be considered trash?
3y3h34rtCl1ft0n September 14, 2012 at 01:10 AM
I guess Mimi never had to work or support herself--lucky.
People wake up September 14, 2012 at 11:30 AM
i agree with you completely. Have you eatten white castle burger?. That is a city business. Dont need it!! Who ever approved it in the first place?
Mindless.Self.Indulgence September 14, 2012 at 11:39 AM
@Mimi, no my only problem is with certain members of society that are stuck in the past & overly judgemental of people they consider "low class" compared to themselves. Some people work hard and will always have to, nothing wrong with being proud of that, and these are the people you depend on w/o even knowing it. They get your meals, get you to work, keep you going..and look how they are viewed..as peons. I have no axe, society SHOULD work as hard as I do, they should look for a job, and take even the thankless ones because it's better than nothing at all. And they do. In fact I just had some Taco Bell today (bring one of them in next!) And the dude that took my order and served it was one of the HAPPIEST people I have ever encountered at a drive thru, yeah- look at that, someone THRILLED to be slumming at a fast food place, bringing in a check they know they (probably more than) earned.. Fancy that.. The temporary jobs of the construction crew. Boom, another positive. They get to work that day. It'll be ok, just like it's been with everything else that's popped up. You want less hooligans, give them some shit to DO. Like I said, you all will be asleep while we keep the wheels turning so you can run smoothly in the AM. ZzZz.. Let the burgers be..
Mindless.Self.Indulgence September 14, 2012 at 11:46 AM
And as for the "therapy" yes, yes it does help, maybe it will help you with this terrible shouting problem you have. Use your inside voice, present yourself and your opinions like a SEMI-educated adult, and use some sentence structure. That part's not really therapy though, that's just being educated & not ignorant.. Dammit, where ARE these Banjos coming from..Ohhhh..now I see..
Cathy Smith September 14, 2012 at 03:02 PM
I agree, Taco Bell or Chick Fil A would be great in Lacey!
grace September 14, 2012 at 05:11 PM
seriously erock and ed are correct ! whats wrong with these other people you all sound so dumb geez its a white castle
Ditzzeechick September 14, 2012 at 10:45 PM
I'm with you, Jenks! We welcome the White Castle, we live on Sunrise, come on down!
Ditzzeechick September 14, 2012 at 10:47 PM
we need business to increase revenue from property taxes, last time I looked, White Castle was a business. What's the problem?
JOHNNY Done it September 15, 2012 at 12:41 PM
CHIK FIL A Would be nice
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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