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New Jersey town braces for restaurant curfew

New Jersey town braces for restaurant curfew

PATERSON N.J. Diners and quick-service restaurants here are girding for a new anti-crime regulation that will require eateries with fewer than 10 tables to close between 12:01 and 5 a.m.

The measure, which takes effect March 8, was passed in mid-February after an off-duty police officer was shot and killed at a takeout restaurant at 1 a.m. Proponents say the ordinance will stifle crime by taking away a frequent setting for violence and disorderly behavior.

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