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NYC Shops Drop Brewer After CEO Goes Vax=Nazi

Williamsburg Patch reports: As Threes Brewing co-founder and CEO defends his claim that COVID-19 vaccine mandates are a “crime against humanity,” restaurants and shops across Brooklyn are taking his beer off their menus. Joshua Stylman doubled down with a blog post Wednesday, one week after outraging customers and employees by publicly comparing vaccine mandates to policies of the Jim Crow …

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NYC Poised To Do Away With Outdoor Dining Sheds

NY1 reports: The outdoor dining sheds that changed the landscape of New York City’s streets during the pandemic may soon get packed up for good. During a City Council hearing on Tuesday, Department of Transportation officials said that a revised outdoor dining program likely won’t feature sheds at all. “We don’t envision sheds in the permanent program, we’re not planning …

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NY Gov Backs Permanent Okay On To-Go Cocktails

Gothamist reports: New York Governor Kathy Hochul wants to permanently legalize the sale of cocktails to-go as part of a small business recovery plan outlined in her first state of the state address Wednesday afternoon. “Thousands of bars and restaurants, the souls of our neighborhoods, have had to close,” Hochul said. “We’re also going to do something bars and restaurants …

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NYC Battles Over Future Of Outdoor Dining Sheds

The New York Times reports: Marking a pivotal transition in a return to normalcy, New York now faces the same question as cities like Philadelphia and Atlanta that are weighing proposals to keep outdoor dining: Which emergency innovations borne of the pandemic should remain as permanent legacies? In New York, the program has turned into a contentious battle over who …

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SF Sanctions Burger Joint For Defying Vax Mandate

San Francisco’s CBS News affiliate reports: The In-N-Out hamburger chain is sizzling mad after the city of San Francisco shut down its indoor dining for refusing to check customers’ vaccination status, as is required by a local mandate. The company’s Fisherman’s Wharf location — its only one in San Francisco — was temporarily shut by the Department of Public Health …

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McDonald’s Tests “McPlant” Burger In Several States

CBS News reports: McDonald’s will offer its first vegetarian option in the U.S. next month, taking its new McPlant meatless burger for a test drive on U.S. menus, the fast-food giant announced Thursday. “Eight McDonald’s restaurants across the U.S. will be testing the McPlant for a limited time starting Nov. 3 while supplies last,” McDonald’s said in the announcement. The …

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Burger King Tests Plant-Based “Chicken” Nuggets

CNN Business reports: Two years after launching the Impossible Whopper, Burger King is testing out Impossible nuggets. Starting on October 11, Burger King restaurants in Des Moines, Iowa, Boston, Massachusetts and Miami, Florida will serve eight-piece plant-based nuggets made by Impossible Foods for a limited time. The product will be prepared in oil used for meat and cheese products, Burger …

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NYC Garbage Truck Drags Occupied Dining Enclosure

Gothamist reports: A Department of Sanitation truck struck an outdoor dining shed, dragging it about ten feet with diners inside. The incident happened at Bar Six, located at West 13th Street and Sixth Avenue, around 6:30 p.m. during dinner service. A police spokesperson said the 30-year-old driver was backing up the vehicle, after collecting some trash on the corner of …

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Los Angeles To Require Vax Proof For All Indoor Spaces

Deadline reports: The Los Angeles City Council voted 13-0 today to have the city attorney prepare an ordinance requiring people to show proof of at least partial vaccination against COVID-19 to enter most public indoor spaces in the city, including restaurants, bars, gyms, concert venues, movie theaters and even “retail establishments.” Council President Nury Martinez — who is currently in …

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NY Extends Sidewalk Dining Rule For Another Year

The New York Daily News reports: Here’s to another year of drinking and dining al fresco! Gov. Cuomo signed a bill into law Wednesday that allows restaurants and bars statewide to use sidewalks, parking spots and other municipal spaces for outdoor food and beverage service for another year. The bill, which breezed through the state legislature last month, is meant …

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Cuomo Raises NYC Indoor Dining Capacity To 75%

Gothamist reports: Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Friday that indoor dining would be expanded to 75% capacity in New York City, bringing the city in line with the rest of the state, starting May 7th. In addition, hair salons, barber shops and other personal care services will also expand to 75% capacity beginning May 7th. And NYC gyms and fitness …

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Cuomo To Lift Curfews On Bars And Restaurants

The New York Daily News reports: Raise a glass and get ready to grab a seat at a bar near you. Gov. Cuomo announced Wednesday that pandemic era curfew placed on restaurants will be lifted in mid-May and drinkers can saddle up to the bar in the Big Apple beginning next week. The current midnight closing time for outdoor dining …

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Cuomo Extends Food-With-Booze Rule Thru May 6th

New York Upstate reports: The statewide 11 p.m. curfew for bars and restaurants serving alcohol has been extended until May 6, despite the recent relaxing of other Covid-19 restrictions. Gov. Andrew Cuomo included the 11 p.m. closing time in a series of extensions to Covid-related executive orders that had been set to expire on Tuesday (April 6). In addition to …

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WSJ: Restaurants Facing Shortage Of Ketchup Packets

The Wall Street Journal reports: Supply chain problems are reaching into a far corner of the business universe: Ketchup packets. After enduring a year of closures, employee safety fears and start-stop openings, many American restaurants are now facing a nationwide ketchup shortage. Restaurants are trying to secure the tabletop staple after Covid-19 upended the condiment world order. Managers are using …

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Restaurant CEO Dies By Suicide Over COVID Symptoms

Louisville’s ABC News affiliate reports: Texas Roadhouse founder and CEO Kent Taylor died Thursday, according to a post on the restaurant chain’s Facebook page. He was 65. The statement said Taylor died by suicide after a battle with COVID-19-related symptoms, including severe tinnitus, or ringing in the ear, and his suffering had increased in recent days. Taylor had funded a …

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Texas Diner Has New Rules About Face Masks [VIDEO]

The Dallas News reports: Customers at Legends Diner in Denton are met with a new pink sign on the door when they visit the breakfast spot: “Our new surcharge,” the sign says: “$50 if I have to explain why masks are mandatory” and “$75 if I have to hear why you disagree…” Co-owners Wayne and Kat LaCombe are asking their …

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Texas Restaurant Vandalized Over Mask Stance [VIDEO]

San Antonio’s ABC News affiliate reports: A ramen noodle shop on the Northwest Side was vandalized just days after its owner spoke out against Governor Greg Abbott’s decision to end the state’s mask mandate in an interview with CNN. Noodle Tree, located on UTSA Boulevard, was found with red paint graffiti Sunday afternoon, the restaurant owner Mike Nguyen confirmed to …

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Indoor Dining Goes To 50% Capacity In NYC And NJ

The New York Times reports: Restaurants in New York City and New Jersey will be able to increase indoor dining to 50 percent of capacity starting March 19, the governors of New York and New Jersey said on Wednesday.  The change brings both places into line with current dining limits in Connecticut and Pennsylvania. The new half-capacity limit in New …

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NY Bars, Restaurants Can Now Stay Open Until 11PM

The New York Daily News reports: Last call is getting a little later. Gov. Cuomo on Sunday issued an executive order pushing the statewide curfew for bars, restaurants and other establishments with liquor licenses from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. “Hospitalizations and the positivity rate continue to decline, and with the holiday surge now in our rear-view mirror, we must …

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Cuomo Moves Up Return Of Indoor Dining For NYC

The New York Daily News reports: Gov. Cuomo had a change of heart. Instead of a Valentine’s Day return, New York City restaurants can start serving customers indoors beginning Friday, two days earlier than originally planned, the governor announced Monday. Eateries in the Big Apple pleaded with Cuomo in recent days, asking him to allow them to open up dining …

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