ACA regulation on pizza could affect local businesses

It might sound cheesy, but to local pizza places, it's no joke.

Posted: Apr 26, 2018 6:12 PM
Updated: Apr 27, 2018 9:52 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- You've heard the arguments about pizza toppings, but now a new issue is surfacing about a family favorite. An Affordable Care Act regulation is set to take effect, requiring shop owners to have calories on in-store menu boards.

It might sound cheesy, but to local pizza places, it's no joke.

The regulation aims to make pizza lovers think twice about that large pie, and every topping combination, by giving them more information about what they're consuming.

But customers said it wouldn't make a difference.

"We eat pizza at least two times a week...The stuff that's in the pizza really doesn't matter to me, so to have that, I probably wouldn't even pay attention to it," said Angela Lichtsinn, a customer of Lexy's Pizza.

Dallas McDougall said she only cares about one thing when it comes to pizza: "For it to be hot and ready, and fresh."

Staff at local pizza places said their beef isn't with the calories. It's about cost, and where they're going to find the room for such an extensive menu.

Michelle Lichtsinn, the manager of Lexy's, said the change would likely cost them around $2,000.

"It's just going to be an added expense for the business owners, and a pain in the butt to try to figure out," she said.

The owner of Raimondo's declined an interview, but told FOX 55 dropping that much dough could put them out of business. At Saylor's Pizza, the manager said they simply don't have the room for a menu with calorie counts.

But they'll have to make way for the change by May 7.

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