Aug. 13, 2003
MILAN, Mich. -- Local city council members ruled that a mobile Little Caesars pizza kitchen is operating legally on a vacant lot near a pizza competitor.
According to the Milan News-Leader, Guy Ciavattone, owner of a Marco's Pizza unit near the vacant lot, complained the kitchen wasn't operating legally. Ciavattone also said the mobile unit's Friday-only, $5 per pizza sales were hurting his business (see related story Competitor objects to Little Caesars pizza trailer).
But Milan City Attorney John Martin said the pizza kitchen is operating legally.
"There is nothing we can do," explained Martin. "I don't think it's fair either, but the city government cannot show preferential treatment to one business over another (under the) Constitution."
According to Milan City Administrator Mike Czymbor, the operator of the mobile Little Caesars Pizza kitchen possess the legal permits necessary to conduct business there, and the property the operator rents is correctly zoned "commercial."