“It’s hard to believe but the current uses on the books date back to the 1950s. Perhaps it’s time to re-consider what the laws are,” said Chamber of Commerce President Moe Ammar.
Franchise restaurants bring in big business and tax revenue. That means you could see anything from McDonalds to Subway opening in America’s last home town.
“Personally, I think there is a need for the younger generation for places to hang out…and opening up later hours. There’s a lot of ‘mom and pop’s’ right now that close at 5 or 6,” said Ammar.
Some downtown shops we spoke with aren’t worried about new competition. They think they have loyal customers who prefer the small town feel. But one Burger Joint, 17th Street Grille, is concerned the change would mean the end of her business.