BRUCE THE BLOG
BY BRUCE APAR
Bedford Hills, tony haven of movie stars and their monied class mates, has nothing on the snooty Westchester County (N.Y.) town of Eastchester, which fancies itself a pristine Garden of Eden. However, not all earthly delights need apply.
Bedford Hills, you see, is cheesy enough to allow a “fast-quick casual” restaurant chain like Panera to exist within its beauteous borders. Erstwhile Eastchester is cheeky enough to turn its “other” cheek (the one always left behind) in Panera’s direction and invite a big, fat, wet kiss.
Eastchester’s proudly puritanical town board and supervisor will not gladly suffer the utterly distasteful blight that “fast-quick casual” grub peddlers inflict on municipalities desperate enough to welcome an arriviste like Panera with open arms, open wallets and hungry residents, who enjoy connecting with others or with the internet (at no charge). (Eastchester’s Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts were grandfathered, so tomorrow they’ll wake up and smell the coffee, still.) (more…)