Fried-chicken take-out restaurants in urban areas may attract unsavory crowds in the wee hours, but a New Jersey city went too far by shutting them down in an effort to curb crime, a Passaic County judge has ruled.

Assignment Judge Robert Passero last week struck down a Paterson, N.J., ordinance that prohibited retail food establishments with 10 tables or fewer to stay open between 12:01 a.m. and 5:00 a.m.

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