HAWTHORNE, NJ - While presently not possible, Hawthorne residents may one day find they can get a coffee and donut from the convenience of their own car, pending the passage of a new ordinance.  At the February 5 council meeting, Ordinance 2247-20 was read, entitled "Zoning Ordinance to Amend and Supplement the Code of the Borough of Hawthorne Chapter 540, Zoning, to Create Section 540-8(V), Drive Thru Restaurants."

“This is for drive-through coffee establishments,” Council President Frank Matthews said.

“This is exclusive to coffee?”  Councilman Sciarra asked.

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“At this point, yes,” Matthews replied.

The specific language of the ordinance reads "a restaurant serving eat-in or take-out food and established as a coffee based business, may be permitted to sell or distribute coffee, drinks and related foods through use of a drive thru lane or aisle and window or opening in an exterior wall."  The ordinance can be found here.

If the ordinance passes at the March 4 council meeting, as it is expected to, establishments would be allowed to operate their drive-through between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.

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