A group of New York City restaurant owners joined forces to permanently ban Gov. Andrew Cuomo from dining in their establishments in response to his disastrous lockdown policies which have largely gutted New York City’s restaurant industry.
News of the city-wide ban first emerged on the Coney Island Blog.
“He can eat at some sh—- roadside diner outside of Albany but he will not be served anywhere in New York City, known universally as the world’s greatest dining destination! If he has to use the restroom he can go pee on my street-corner,” said bar owner Larry Baird.
Another lifelong Coney Island resident named Val Torre has said he will be moving to Florida, saying “It’s 70 degrees every day. My Coney Island childhood friends have all retired to Florida now! All the restaurants and bars are open and the grannies live!”
More comments emerged from the Facebook Group NYC Restaurants Open where Cuomo was blasted for his policy proscriptions. As one Manhattan resident relates, “He can dine at Gracie Mansion if he wants hospitality in Manhattan. He ain’t getting it here!”
This far from the first time Cuomo has been in the crosshairs for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Critics have argued that New York’s stringent lockdowns and restrictions throughout 2020 have done more harm than good.
By-and-large New York City’s restaurants have been eviscerated by the pandemic which has left thousands of business owners with no choice but to close their doors forever.
To add insult to injury, Cuomo’s office has issued another round of dining restrictions, including banning outdoor diners from using restrooms inside establishments, limiting takeout orders to email and phone as well as prohibiting employees from eating inside restaurants in areas normally used by patrons.
Prior to the ban, Cuomo issued another ban on indoor dining altogether, causing a city-wide uproar.
The Governor reportedly referenced a chart when announcing the ban. The kicker? This exact chart shows restaurants only account for less than 2% of COVID-19’s spread throughout NYC.
As indoor dining continues to be verboten per the Governor’s office, restaurants across the city have sunk thousands of dollars into outdoor dining solutions for customers as revenues continue to trickle in.
“We haven’t had a profit since February and have bought air purifiers, heaters, a ton of extra cleaning supplies, masks, hand sanitizer and have spent thousands to build and rebuild the outdoor seating area,” Tina Plagos, owner of three Souvlaki GR restaurants in Manhattan told the NY Post.
While New York City remains under a brutal lockdown, Long Island restaurants have fared significantly better as Souvlaki goes on to add. “In Long Island, customers can sit and eat at the bar six feet apart, but in New York City, no one is allowed near the bar. You can’t order a drink at the bar, let alone eat at the bar.”
Talk about a double standard.
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