He’s prosecuted insider traders.
He’s gone after the Mob.
And now, Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York is going after Manhattan’s most poular eateries.
Bharara this week announced that his office will review the most popular Manhattan restaurants-as ranked in the 2011 Zagat Guide- to determine if they are in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).
“More than 20 years after the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act, public accommodations like restaurants have little excuse for not complying with this important civil rights law,” Bharara said, in a statement announcing the initiative. He said that in New York City, “arguably the restaurant capital of the world, no one should be unfairly deprived of the opportunity to enjoy the city’s world-class dining offerings, and we will take all reasonable legal steps to make sure they are not.”
Restaurant owners are being given a survey form on which they will detail that establishment’s accessibility. Investigators may follow up with inspections and those restaurant owners found to be in violation can volunteer to upgrade their facilities or face a civil suit filed by the Justice Department.
Bharara’s office already has inspected about 50 hotels in Times Square to evaluate their ADA compliance. That work has resulted in 33 voluntary compliance agreements and five court orders requiring hotels to upgrade their facilities.