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Council May Take Bite Out of Drive-Thru Eateries

January 22, 1998|SUSAN DEEMER

It started in 1969 when Jack in the Box opened the first drive-thru window here.

Now Jack, McDonald's, Carl's Jr., and newcomers Del Taco, Taco Bell and Burger King could be the last fast food restaurants with drive-thru lanes along Del Obispo Street.

The City Council, prompted by increased traffic along the curved street, voted unanimously to approve a 45-day moratorium on issuing building permits for such restaurants until a study conducted by the Planning Department is completed.

There's also an image to protect for a city known for the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano.

City Councilman Dave Swerdlin said the city also might consider removing left turn signals from Ortega Highway onto Del Obispo.

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Saturday January 24, 1998 Orange County Edition Metro Part B Page 2 Orange County Focus Desk 2 inches; 40 words Type of Material: Correction
Drive-thru eateries--A story Thursday about traffic from fast-food drive-thru lanes in San Juan Capistrano incorrectly described a possible roadway change. City officials might consider removing a left turn lane on Del Obispo Street. No changes are proposed for Ortega Highway.

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