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Newark Council Limits Late-Night Eatery Hours

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It might become difficult to get a late-night bite to eat in parts of New Jersey’s largest city.

The Newark City Council has unanimously adopted an ordinance to restrict the hours of restaurants in high crime areas. They must close at 10 p.m. on weeknights and 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Councilman Ras Baraka tells The Star-Ledger of Newark the council made a list of streets thought to be problematic.

The ordinance stems from the death of an off-duty police officer who was killed in a drive-by shooting as he waited for his food at a late-night pizza place in May.

Restaurants can request an exemption from police.

Mayor Cory Booker must sign the ordinance for it to become law.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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