City Councilor Robert Logan, who issued the proposal, said the idea of it is to attract local, upscale cafes downtown, according to the Boston Globe.
- Councilors said they were worried that altering regulations could allow national fast food chains to locate downtown, which they opposed citing litter and traffic concerns.
- Councilors also expressed concern over the special permit process being burdensome to applicants due to high attorney costs to get through the permit process.
- Despite the concern, Logan said the issue is worth more debate.
- City Clerk Russ Malone told Waltham Patch the matter was referred to the city's Rules & Ordinance Committee for future discussion.