- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - The original purveyor of Rochester’s famous “garbage plates” has fought city hall - and won.

Restaurateur Alex Tahou (TAH’-hoh), owner of Nick Tahou Hots, was fined by the city of Rochester during the annual Lilac Festival earlier this summer. A city inspector issued tickets totaling $1,200 in fines because employees at his food stand weren’t wearing identification badges required for food truck workers.

Tahou argued that he had a non-motorized trailer at the festival, not a food truck.

The Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester reports (https://on.rocne.ws/2a971Kq ) city officials sent him a letter Monday saying that the ordinance didn’t apply to him, so he didn’t have to pay the fines.

Tahou’s late father Nick invented what many consider Rochester’s signature food, which features hamburger patties or hot dogs covered with macaroni salad, fries, baked beans and onions.

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Information from: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, https://www.democratandchronicle.com

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