Overbearing Regulations Are Slowly Killing Restaurants

Running a restaurant is hard enough without government micromanagers trying to stir the pot.


Overbearing Regulations Are Slowly Killing Restaurants


Last month, Eater’s New York vertical published an excellent and damning investigation into the city’s awful food-safety inspection regime. The article details some of the ways restaurants of all types are forced to game the system in order to pass muster with the city’s notoriously overzealous health department. Many of these examples are farcical, including one centered on a covert, all-hands message that “Beyoncé is here,” one unnamed restaurant’s code language that warns employees of the arrival of a health inspector.

“These businesses aren’t necessarily in gross violation of the health code—they’re simply reacting to a system that feels broken,” writes Saxon Baird.

Overbearing, broken restaurant regulations aren’t just a thing in New York City. They’re hurting restaurants across America. And while a few cities and states are chipping away at bad rules they now have on the books, many others are busy adopting bad new ones.

With low profit margins and high failure rates, running a restaurant is already a risky endeavor. That’s why restaurant owners find it so onerous when additional regulations eat into those profit margins and raise the risk of failure….. Read More