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Tahou fights Lilac Festival tickets in city court

Alex Tahou, the owner of Nick Tahou's Restaurant, was in court Wednesday to fight tickets he received at the Lilac Festival last month (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - The owner of Nick Tahou's Restaurant was in court Wednesday to fight tickets he received at the Lilac Festival last month.

Alex Tahou was ticketed due to a City of Rochester code violation at the festival. Several of his employees were reportedly not wearing photo ID badges.

According to city code, food "trucks" are required to wear the ID badges while they work.

Tahou faces up to $1,200 in fines for the tickets.


After the issue first came to light, Tahou began working with Monroe County officials on a solution to the ID badge problem.

William Brueckner, Tahou's attorney, argued that Tahou has a food trailer, not a truck - citing a problem with the code definition.

"The real question for the city is why they would bother impose this level of burden on city businesses to begin with," Brueckner said.

"It's time consuming, but in the ultimate end, trailers, trucks and carts are regulated the same as any other vendor," Tahou said. "And at the Lilac Festival, they don't let somebody come in without permits and others with permits, then it'll be worth it."

The city has two weeks to respond.

13WHAM News will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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