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NYC Restaurateurs Work to Get More Say in Business

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A group of restaurant owners in New York want more say in the way businesses are run in the city.

Well-known restaurant owners such as Serge Becker, Stephen Hanson, Keith McNally and others are working to create the NYC Hospitality Coalition, a trade association and lobbying group. 

The coalition will work with the city to discuss regulations and codes, and improve the city's restaurant inspection system. The group would also work with local community boards.

Ken Frydman is the founder of Source Communication, and will become the executive director of the group. "I look at it as a union for operators and owners," said Frydman. "There's strength in numbers. That's why we're joining forces and the charter members are very prominent people who will get attention."

Restaurants are the fourth-largest employer in the five boroughs.