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Take-out mixed drinks could be back on the menu at Pennsylvania bars and restaurants

Pennsylvania bars and restaurants could start selling customers mixed drinks to go again if a proposal from the state Senate is approved.

These drinks were popular early in the pandemic, when catering businesses lacked sales during the state’s indoor dining ban. Liquor regulators have temporarily allowed establishments licensed to sell alcohol to provide mixed drinks to go – as long as they don’t exceed 64 ounces and are sold before 11 p.m.

Bar owners were then disappointed when Pennsylvania’s Liquor Control Board had to ban take-out cocktails again after the state’s declaration of a pandemic emergency ended last year. Before that happened, lawmakers tried and failed to fully legalize the drinks. Although a majority in both houses voted in favor of the idea last summer, it did not receive the final Senate vote it needed to be sent to Governor Tom Wolf’s office.

The senses. Dan Laughlin (R-Erie) and John Yudichak (I-Carbon) are mounting another effort and, like last time, expect broad support.

“The Republicans and Democrats I’ve spoken to realize that this industry has been one of the hardest hit, so to speak, during the pandemic and the shutdowns,” Laughlin said.

“This legislation will give restaurants and bars the ability to maintain cash flow and expand their offerings, helping them recover.”

Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) said last summer she would not call a take-out cocktail measure for a vote until lawmakers decide whether to keep permanently pandemic-era rules regarding outdoor cocktail service. Months later, they solved the problem by approving a bill allowing bars and restaurants to sell cocktails within 300 meters of their own premises.

Although people can once again dine at restaurants in Pennsylvania, Chuck Moran of the state’s Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association said bringing back cocktails to go would still be helpful.

“The virus is still there and some customers are hesitant to walk into a restaurant, sit down and enjoy a meal,” Moran said. “So you still have to get past that and then of course you don’t know what’s going to happen next winter.”

Moran said supporters of the first take-out cocktail bill soured when a few Republicans passed a measure to also legalize canned or ready-to-drink cocktails. Democrats were among those who opposed the move, saying canned cocktails would have made it easier to privatize Pennsylvania’s liquor industry.

Laughlin said he would agree to legalizing these drinks, but only as part of a separate bill.

“The way people buy alcohol in Pennsylvania is changing. I think we can all see that,” he said. -to-drink, I just don’t want her attached to this [cocktails-to-go] legislation.”

Laughlin and Yudichak’s effort, known as Senate Bill 1138, now awaits a state Senate committee hearing and vote.

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Lenawee County bars and restaurants see business rebound in 2021

With many indoor dining restrictions lifted in 2020, restaurants and bars have started to see business return after pandemic limitations in 2021.

One measure is the amount of liquor establishments with liquor licenses purchased from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission.

While beer and wine are sold through a few distributors, spirits – whiskey, gin, vodka, etc. – are all sold only through the Liquor Control Commission. Each year, the commission releases reports showing how many bars, restaurants, stores, and others are licensed to sell state-ordered alcoholic beverages. The report gives a dollar amount for each company and not a breakdown of what was ordered. It also does not include beer or wine orders because the state is not a wholesaler of these beverages. Additionally, the amounts do not match the amount the companies collected from customers during sales and could include inventory ordered in 2021 but not sold until 2022.

Stores are by far the top source for those enjoying a drink 21 or older – Super Liquor III in Adrian led all stores in Lenawee County with $1,057,681.80 in state orders in 2021. But sometimes people want a bartender to serve them a cocktail and in 2021, these are the top 10 places people have barged in in Lenawee County:

1. Chaloner Cigar House, Adrian

2021 orders: $95,455.62

2020 orders: $57,082.04

2019 orders: $100,689.13

Fine cigars, old-fashioned candies and bags of fresh popcorn have been part of Chaloner’s Cigar House and Store business model for over 100 years. High-quality, handcrafted cocktails that you simply can’t enjoy elsewhere are also part of this successful business model, which continues to establish Chaloner’s as a destination location in downtown Adrian and throughout Lenawee County.

“We strive to have the best variety of liquors, spirits, wines and beers and strive to be the best,” said Joelyn Roberts, Bar Manager at The Chaloner. “We serve the best bourbon, rum, scotch and tequila. It is this product that you cannot find anywhere. Here, people are looking to spend money on certain bottles that they can’t find anywhere else.

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Chaloner’s customer base is quite loyal, Roberts said, and thanks to their patronage, Adrian’s historic business was able to rebound last year from COVID-19 mandates and limitations on restaurants and gathering places.

“Since COVID, we have picked up, perhaps doubling our number of customers. Our volume is just awesome,” Robert said. “We have clients (here) from all over the state. Our regular customers keep us afloat. We really appreciate the city’s support.

2. Lenawee Recreation, Adrian

The Lenawee Recreation Center and ZZ Sports Bar & Grill is located at 520 College Ave.  to Adrian.  The sports bar and 24 lane bowling alley offer something for everyone of all ages.

2021 orders: $48,052.83

2020 orders: $24,795.04

2019 orders: $30,849.64

Home to a 24-lane bowling alley and ZZ’s Sports Bar and Grill, Lenawee Recreation Center is also home to Second Arrow Pro Shop, a full-service pro shop where guests can meet all their bowling and entertainment needs. ‘equipment.

The center is also the home bowling alley of local Lenawee County high school bowling teams, including Adrian, Madison, and Sand Creek, as well as the bowling teams of Adrian College and Siena Heights University.

There’s a bit of something for everyone to enjoy at the Lenawee Recreation Center, and for adults, that includes its selection of spirits, too.

ZZ’s Sports Bar and Grill offers a full bar featuring various types of liquor with “premium cocktails prepared by our talented bartenders,” according to information posted at

“Eat, drink and watch sports at Adrian’s first sports bar, ZZ’s Sports Bar and Grill,” enthuses the website. “We offer large flat screen TVs throughout our bar, Keno, great space for small or large parties and our food and drink menu is top notch.”

3. Fiesta Ranchera, Adrian

Mexican restaurant Fiesta Ranchera, 1675 US 223, Adrian attributes much of its success in liquor sales to its variety and popular sizes of margaritas.  Flavors include traditional lime, strawberry, peach, mango, and coconut.  All varieties of flavors can also be mixed,

2021 orders: $44,574.50

2020 orders: $25,731.49

2019 orders: $51,636.08

If you want to treat yourself to a tasty locally made margarita, look no further than Mexican restaurant Fiesta Ranchera.

Margaritas and Mexican cuisine are an almost perfect marriage of food and drink and it seems the current system at Fiesta Ranchera is pleasing its customers.

“COVID has been a pretty good blow to our sales,” manager Luis Vega said. “The community came out to support us however they could, and we couldn’t do take-out alcohol (during the pandemic shutdowns). We could make blank drinks, if customers requested. He took a good hit. Our sales have plummeted.

Luckily for Fiesta Ranchera, its clientele has supported the business as best they could, and the support continues today as COVID-19 warrants begin to run out. The restaurant is almost back to normal serving customers and celebrating with big birthday parties.

Margaritas can also be quite large.

Margarita sizes are available in 12, 16 or 27 ounce glasses, or customers can order half pitchers or full pitchers of margaritas in a variety of flavors including traditional lime, strawberry, peach, mango and walnut of coconut. Any variety of flavors can also be mixed together, Vega said.

“Fortunately, we have a good community here at Adrian. They are good for us and we are good for them,” Vega said. “Everyone get out now, if they can.”

4. Taverne des deux lacs, Manitou beach

Two Lakes Tavern, 110 Walnut St., is located in the Manitou Beach Village and is well known for its smoked pork and freshly made burgers.  These menu items and many more pair well with the tavern's selection of handcrafted liquors and mixed drinks.  Hours of operation are 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11:30 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.

2021 orders: $44,383.32

2020 orders: $23,021.11

2019 orders: $22,575.25

Two Lakes Tavern in Manitou Beach wasn’t even open for an entire year of business before sweeping state-imposed regulations to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, impacting bars and restaurants nationwide.

Owner Misty Robertson referred to the pandemic shutdown with one word: “Stressful.”

“We have tried to stay open as much as possible during COVID for our neighbors,” Robertson said. “The people who come here are our family and our friends. We are here for the long term.

Just about any variety of liquor you could think of is available at Two Lakes Tavern. Robertson, who has worked in the restaurant industry for more than 20 years, said she owes the success of the tavern bar to bar manager Rachel Beach, who is responsible for preparing daily drink specials. Beach, Robertson said, has an idea of ​​what customers like to drink.

Live music, entertainment and karaoke create a fun atmosphere at the tavern. During the summer lake season, lake goers and tourists are almost regulars.

“I have a great team of employees who want to work hard and be successful,” Robertson said.

Two Lakes Tavern rebranded under Robertson’s ownership. The rebranding phase included the addition of an expanded beverage menu and well-known items such as its smoked pork and freshly made burgers.

5. Brooklyn Moose Lodge, Onsted

The Brooklyn Moose Lodge on US 12 near Onsted, pictured March 8, 2022, features souvenir license plates from other Moose lodges above the bar.

2021 orders: $41,502.63

2020 orders: $27,856.28

2019 orders: $39,948.59

Located between Evans and Sand lakes on US 12 is the Brooklyn Moose Lodge, a private fraternal organization. Ranking so high on this list came as a surprise to former Governor Phil Gilliam.

“I can’t believe we competed with County, being a private club,” he said.

Membership costs $70 for the first year, then $50 per year to renew, Gilliam said. The lodge supports charitable causes like Moose International’s Mooseheart, a residential day care center near Chicago for children whose families cannot care for them, and Moosehaven, a seniors’ community in Florida.

Maintaining a family atmosphere and being close to Irish hill lakes helps the lodge’s bar and restaurant stay busy, Gilliam said. In the summer they have live music and cornhole on the terrace. They were able to add seats this year and people came back to the lodge.

“We are grateful for our members,” Gilliam said.

6. Artesian Wells Sports Tavern, Cement City

2021 orders: $39,615.02

2020 orders: $26,935.32

2019 orders: $40,716.14

7. Jerry’s Pub & Restaurant, Brooklyn

2021 orders: $38,836.73

2020 orders: $20,891.52

2019 orders: $41,725.73

8. Applebee’s, Adrian

2021 orders: $36,458.07

2020 orders: $27,160.29

2019 orders: $39,924.98

9. Muk Sports Pub, Tecumseh

2021 orders: $30,959.99

2020 orders: $18,682.12

2019 orders: $31,235.36

10. Brick Wall Pub & Grill, Adrian

2021 orders: $24,599.72

2020 orders: $20,668.40

2019 orders: $32,193.80

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Dixon Planning Commission Approves Whiskey Bar – The Vacaville Reporter

In the near future, when someone in Solano County asks you to show them the way to the next whiskey bar, Jim Morrison style, you can direct them to Dixon.

The Planning Commission voted 6 to 1 to approve a use permit for Whiskey Barrel, a proposed lounge and pub in the former Bank of America building in downtown Dixon.

Barring an appeal to the city council, the site will be remodeled to serve as a lounge, bar and concert hall, with whiskey being just one of the things it will offer.

Associate planner Scott Greeley said a bid has been submitted by husband and wife Mickey Renger and Tiffany Fabiani for the vacant building at the corner of North First and East B streets. The former bank site has been vacant since 2017 , and at 5,106 square feet, Greeley described it as the largest unoccupied space in downtown Dixon.

Fabiani said the goal is “to create more synergy with our downtown area by creating a safe event and trade show space that provides more regional attraction and appeal.”

Features include a 1940s style cigar lounge, live concerts from touring artists of various genres, specialty tasting in the former bank vault available by reservation only, corn hole tournaments , digital darts, life-size chess board, karaoke nights, dance nights with a live DJ, shuffleboard, pool tables, 200-inch pop-up TV showing live professional sports and events UFC Fight Night, mimosa brunches on the terrace, a non-alcoholic menu for non-drinking customers and a comfort and appetizer menu.

“We never intended to compete directly with our downtown restaurants, but rather to be an additional complement to the additional dine-in environment that is currently lacking downtown,” Fabiani said.

Suggested hours of operation are noon to 2 a.m. daily with live music scheduled from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Greeley said staff received a comment that the project would be a good use of space and bring a boon to downtown, while others raised concerns about potential noise, traffic, safety and the perceived overconcentration of liquor licensing in the region.

For the noise issue, Greeley said staff recommend an acoustic engineer come inside the building and identify areas where noise could be mitigated.

Regarding traffic, Greeley said the project was submitted to the engineering department for review, and while traffic was not a concern raised, issues were raised regarding parking.

“The downtown commercial area actually discourages off-street parking,” he said. “It seems there are better uses for these critical downtown areas than just having off-street parking.”

However, Greeley said the site has 17 current parking spaces, but with the expansion of outdoor seating this would reduce the number to 15. However, he said that was more than most downtown businesses.

Fabiani assured that safety would be a priority.

“We want this to be a safe space for everyone to enjoy and not be a facility for the rare beer and whiskey drinker looking for trouble,” she said. “We will operate in class and expect our guests to behave in class as well, and if they cannot they will be excused from the premises.”

Fabiani said she and Renger also plan to have six uniformed security guards on most nights, outnumbering service workers.

Regarding the overconcentration issue, Greeley said the city requires that certain public convenience or necessity (PCN) determinations be made for certain types of liquor licenses, namely types 20 and 21, the first of which authorizes the sale of beer and wine for off-site consumption. and the last of which allows the sale of beer, wine or distilled spirits.

Whiskey Barrel is looking for a type 48 license, which is restricted to lounges, taverns and cocktail lounges and does not require a PCN determination.

“It’s really not uncommon in the city center to have restaurants, bars, pubs and, yes, alcohol is one of those things that is frequently sold,” Greeley said.

Because of this, Greeley said overfocus is a matter of perception.

Additionally, Fabiani said he received a disclosure letter from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) which determined that there was no Whiskey Barrel licensing overcrowding in the downtown census tract. city, which allows no more than eight of that specific type. Currently, she said there are only five in use and Whiskey Barrel will be the sixth.

Commissioner Janet Koster pointed out that live music ends at 10 p.m. and asked if that also included weekdays. Fabiani said live band music would end at 10 a.m. but exclude DJs, karaoke and other amplified sounds. However, it would be limited to Friday and Saturday evenings and not working nights.

“We’re very aware of that,” she said.

During public comments, several callers spoke in favor of the project, citing its potential benefit in bringing people downtown as well as Fabiani and Renger’s due diligence in ensuring it was operated safely. However, a caller who did not give her name felt that there were inconsistencies in the types of alcohol allowed in the census tract and that “nightclubs” were not a conditional use for the downtown under the city’s zoning code.

Community development manager Raffi Boloyan said the nightclub categorization was based on how ABC categorized it, but the Downtown Commercial Zoning District has a “bars and pubs” category, which is more in line with what the city considers.

“This type of use is permitted, subject to a conditional use license, which is the process by which this project is underway,” he said.

On ABC licensing, Boloyan said liquor licenses are issued by the state, not the city, so any inconsistencies or errors belong to them. He also said that the types of licenses cited in the census tract are not all the same, as some are restaurants that can serve beer and wine while others are purely bars.

The commission voted 6 to 1 to approve the conditional use license with a stipulation to approve security cameras. The only opposing vote was from Loraine Hernandez-Covello, who supported the project as a whole but felt that further consideration was needed on the design of the outdoor space.

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San Francisco to remove vaccination evidence in gyms and bars

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco will stop requiring proof of vaccination to enter certain indoor businesses, including restaurants, bars, fitness centers and gyms, officials said Wednesday.

The San Francisco Department of Public Health said starting Friday it will be up to businesses to require proof of vaccination or a negative test from their staff and customers.

Proof of vaccination will still be required to participate in “mega” indoor events, defined as gatherings of 1,000 people or more, per state guidelines, the department said in a statement.

San Francisco was one of the first cities in the nation to require proof of vaccination before entering certain indoor businesses. City officials issued the warrant in August as the delta variant spread.

“With cases and hospitalizations continuing to decline and our high vaccination rate providing a strong defense against the virus, San Francisco is ready to further ease COVID-19 restrictions and allow individuals to make their own decisions to protect themselves. and protect their loved ones,” said Health Officer Dr Susan Philip.

The vast majority of the city’s residents, 83%, are fully immunized.

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LA plans to end COVID vaccine proof requirement in bars, restaurants and gyms

The Los Angeles City Council will consider waiving the requirement for interior businesses to verify customers’ COVID-19 vaccination status.

City Council Speaker Nury Martinez introduced a motion on Friday to make vaccine verification voluntary and no longer require proof of vaccinations at large outdoor events.

Martinez’s proposal came the day Los Angeles County relaxed masking rules and stopped requiring vaccine checks at outdoor mega events, bars, breweries, wineries, distilleries, discotheques and lounges.

Local jurisdictions may have stricter rules than county ones, and LA currently requires people to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to enter restaurants, bars, gyms, movie theaters, concert, convention centers, card rooms, playgrounds, museums, shopping malls, playgrounds, spas, salons and indoor urban facilities.

The city’s sweeping mandate, dubbed SafePassLA, was one of the strictest vaccination mandates in the country when it went into effect in November and meant that businesses in Los Angeles had to enforce stricter rules than counties. surrounding.

Martinez – who introduced the motion to require vaccine verification last year – said at the time it would help bring things back to normal for those who have been vaccinated.

Now, with the number of COVID-19 cases declining after the omicron-fueled winter surge, authorities across the state have eased some COVID-19 restrictions.

It’s unclear when vaccine verification rules would be relaxed in Los Angeles if the city council approves the proposal.

Vaccination verification would still be required at mega indoor events with 1,000 or more attendees, such as concerts or games, as it is still required by LA County.

Although Los Angeles County has yet to reach pre-surge levels, the region has seen infection rates plummet after hitting record highs during the winter.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moved from classifying LA County as having “high” risk for COVID-19 to “low” risk last week, triggering the COVID-19 rule changes.

With fewer required safety measures in place, LA County Health Director Barbara Ferrer said getting vaccinated and strengthened will help provide greater protection.

There are still 1.7 million eligible residents who have yet to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 2.7 million eligible residents who have not been boosted.

“With fewer people infected and seriously ill with COVID-19, and the relaxed safety requirements, it is very tempting to think that the pandemic is over and that we can return to the situation before March 2020,” Ferrer said. in a press release. week. “And although transmission has slowed and we have powerful tools that go a long way to avoiding the worst effects of the virus, there continue to be thousands of people whose lives, families and jobs are disrupted every day. because they or someone close to them is newly infected. , and, for some, their infection will lead to serious illness.

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LA may soon end COVID vaccination mandate for restaurants, bars, gyms and movie theaters

Los Angeles may soon relax city rules requiring indoor restaurants, gyms, bars, movie theaters, hair salons and other businesses to verify that customers are vaccinated against COVID-19 before letting them in .

LA City Council Speaker Nury Martinez this week introduced a proposal to stop requiring such companies to check whether customers are vaccinated, instead making the practice voluntary. The proposal would also remove requirements for large outdoor events in Los Angeles to check whether patrons are vaccinated.

The decision came the same day the LA County Public Health Department lifted numerous mask requirements and stopped requiring vaccination verification in indoor areas of bars, wineries, breweries, distilleries, nightclubs and lounges, as well as at outdoor mega-events, including theme parks, SoFi and Dodger stadiums, the Hollywood Bowl and the Memorial Coliseum.

The city council voted in October to require a series of indoor businesses to check that their customers were vaccinated. But officials said they would wait until February to cite any company for violating those requirements, saying they wanted to focus on education and awareness first.

It’s unclear when LA might relax its rules, known as SafePassLA: To roll back the requirements, the city council must approve the proposal put forward by Martinez.

LA County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer supported vaccine verification rules at some businesses last fall. But on Friday, Ferrer said it was reasonable to waive those requirements in places like bars, given the trajectory of the pandemic. City and county officials began discussing a vaccination mandate for customers of some interior businesses this summer as the Delta surge swept the country.

Over the summer, some local businesses began to impose vaccine requirements themselves, frustrated that unvaccinated people were at greater risk of spreading infection, including being the source breakthrough infections that made vaccinated people sick.

Ferrer said it made sense to impose a vaccine requirement for businesses in high-risk settings at a time when coronavirus case rates were high, and it makes sense to relax them now that case rates have falled.

The lifting of vaccine verification orders is “a recognition that we are in a different place today than we have been before,” Ferrer said in an interview.

She still suggests that companies continue to check customers’ vaccination status, but, “instead of telling people what to do, we’re asking people to do it now.”

By early August, 64% of LA County residents ages 12 and older were considered fully vaccinated. By the end of February, 79% of residents in this age group were fully immunized. Ferrer said she thinks the public health infrastructure has improved since the summer, making it easier to access vaccines.

The idea of ​​waiving the vaccination verification requirement has alarmed some Angelenos. “A great way to make sure we never get it completely out of control is to ease the restrictions before we get to a place where it’s really safe to do so,” said Jesse Alson-Milkman, secretary of the board of directors. administration of the progressive organizing group Ground Game LA. .

The Los Angeles rules have been targeted by opponents, including leaders of the Los Angeles County Libertarian Party, who have sought to overturn the city’s ordinance through a campaign initiative.

Angela McArdle, county party chair, said if the city rolls back vaccination verification rules, her group would instead pursue a measure to prevent LA from reinstating those rules in the future.

McArdle said she and other naysayers wanted to “make sure this never happens again.”

New York City announced Friday that it will end vaccine verification rules for restaurants, gyms and other entertainment venues starting Monday.

In February, Contra Costa County — the third most populous county in the San Francisco Bay Area — lifted its vaccine or testing requirement for patrons of indoor restaurants, bars and gyms after 80% of its residents of all ages have been fully immunized.

Other cities that have retained similar vaccine verification rules include West Hollywood, Oakland and Berkeley. San Francisco requires patrons of places like restaurants and gyms to show either proof of vaccination and a booster, if eligible, or a recent negative coronavirus test.

Proof of vaccination or a recent negative test is still required at indoor mega-events — those with more than 1,000 people, like NBA games at Arena in Los Angeles — which remains a requirement at the statewide. Vaccination verification is also required for healthcare workers and nursing home employees.

Ferrer said she continues to support Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to require K-12 school children to get vaccinated whenever the U.S. Food and Drug Administration updates its authorization to emergency use to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to full approval for each age group. It’s unclear when the FDA will fully approve vaccines for the first pediatric group — those ages 12 to 15 — which would start the process of requiring vaccines for schoolchildren 12 and older.

“Requiring essential life-saving vaccines for school children makes a lot of sense,” Ferrer said. “These are places where kids really need to go, unless they want to be homeschooled, and because of that the obligation to provide as safe an environment as possible is really high.

“You don’t have to go to a bar if you feel it’s not a safe environment,” Ferrer added. “But school is an essential activity. And many, many children who need to go to school are also children who are at greater risk of serious illness.

Ferrer also said it still makes sense that city workers who work with vulnerable people — like police officers, sheriff’s deputies and firefighters — should be required to get vaccinated. “If you’re on a mission to support the most vulnerable people in the county, it makes sense for people to be fully immunized, especially during a pandemic,” Ferrer said.

“These are extraordinary times, I don’t think any of us should think it’s some kind of normal time here,” Ferrer said of the vaccination mandate for first responders. “We are in the midst of a pandemic. And COVID is not the flu and COVID is not a cold. Mortality data is so much higher with COVID. So I think with this higher mortality, and especially with all the vulnerability that people may be experiencing, I just think we’re in a place where it still makes sense to get vaccinated.

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Some King County restaurants and bars meet vaccine requirements

This week, King County lifted the requirement for bars and restaurants to verify proof of vaccination. But some owners say they don’t plan to stop checking just yet.

SEATTLE — King County has officially lifted a mandate requiring restaurants, bars and certain other businesses to check for proof of vaccinations before customers enter. However, some local spots say they still plan to require proof at this time.

The Octopus Bar in Wallingford is one of them.

“What I want people to know at home is that it’s not us who are saying that because you think that way, we don’t want you here; at the end of the day, we want you to everyone be here,” said general manager Keeley Gislason.

Gislason said they want everyone to come and feel comfortable, but their priority is the health, safety and comfort level of their staff.

“Obviously, we’re not scientists or medical professionals, but that’s what got us this far without any major incidents, so we have to stick with it,” she said. declared.

She and her colleagues are hoping someday soon COVID and vaccinations won’t be a factor.

“And hopefully then it’s all gone and everyone can come back and we never have to talk about it again – but it just doesn’t seem like it is yet,” Gislason said.

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It’s just one of many Seattle restaurants that have posted on social media that they plan to continue checking for vaccination evidence.

Gislason said they weren’t trying to make anyone feel uncomfortable and hoped customers would be receptive and understanding.

“When you run a bar you try to avoid politics at all costs because alcohol and politics are dangerous, but for us it’s all about staff safety first and foremost,” Gislason said.

Gislason said The Octopus Bar had to close for two weeks in December as cases skyrocketed after she fell ill and the rest of the staff followed.

“So just to be on the safe side we closed for a couple of weeks and surprise all of a sudden they tell us we can get rid of the vax cards but it’s like we just closed yesterday,” he said. she declared.

They expect to let the mask mandate go, given that people tend to take their masks off once they eat or drink anyway, and they hope to end the vaccination requirement when everyone will be comfortable. But for now, they hope people will support them and respect their staff.

“Whatever hyper-awareness I had of the staff before, that’s even more the case, because I mean when this vaccine mandate started, we had door guys who had just been reprimanded, everything was quite difficult,” Gislason said. “We went through this and the last thing I’m going to do is go back and start over.”

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SevenRooms offers restaurants a new path to building closer relationships with their customers

After 20 months of challenges and uncertainty following a global pandemic, restaurants are in recovery mode. Yet despite this continued recovery, the omicron variant threw operators into a loop as they entered what was expected to be a busy and profitable holiday season, resulting in canceled bookings and lost revenue. With Valentine’s Day and other major food and beverage holidays on the horizon, today’s operators need to prioritize a direct strategy, giving them more flexibility in how they connect and interact with clients. To do this, they must rely on the technology platforms that allow them to deepen their relationships with their customers through access to customer data.

Similarly, consumers rallied around restaurants to order directly at the start of the pandemic; now, more than ever, restaurants need consumers to do the same when making a reservation. Restaurants don’t need the added stress (and cost) of not being able to create deeper relationships with their customers due to a lack of access to customer data. Third-party online reservation and ordering marketplaces that no longer give restaurants their customer data offer a viable business model for restaurants.

Plus, consumer benefits translate directly to better customer experiences every time. When consumers book or order directly, they can be assured of a more personalized customer experience and tailored marketing for future experiences. This can extend to on-site or off-site perks which could include free prosecco on their birthday, preferred seating on arrival, a special dessert in a take-out order, or a whole host of other perks.

Since 2011, SevenRooms has offered restaurateurs the opportunity to build closer relationships with their customers, which generate more revenue and customer loyalty. As CEO and co-founder of SevenRooms, Joel Montaniel led the company’s business strategy for more than 10 years, expanding to more than 250 cities worldwide, helping operators accommodate more than 500 million customers. ‘guests. With an eye to the future, restaurants that implement a direct reservation and ordering strategy, in conjunction with a technology platform like SevenRooms, can deliver better customer experiences that turn casual diners into loyal regulars.

Unlocking better customer experiences with data

According to Montaniel, the pandemic has shown the value and importance of establishing and building direct relationships with customers. A direct customer relationship is crucial to the success of a restaurant. This creates a better way for restaurants to reconnect with their most loyal customers to drive recurring business instead of relying solely on third-party marketplaces.

Studies have shown that acquiring a new customer costs seven times more than retaining an existing customer. In fact, keeping 5% can increase profits by at least 25%. When a customer books a reservation or places an order online directly, rather than using third-party marketplaces, it helps restaurateurs collect more data, which can ultimately be used to provide a better customer experience. Not only does a direct strategy allow operators to collect more data, but customers also prefer it, with 67% of diners preferring to order direct and 40% of consumers are more likely to spend more than they intended when experiences are highly personalized for them.

The SevenRooms platform helps hotel operators build direct guest relationships that help them increase profitability, build guest loyalty, capture critical guest data, and regain control of the entire experience customer, both onsite and offsite.

“SevenRooms was initially born out of a consumer problem that my co-founder and I encountered while working in banking. With very little free time outside of work, we struggled to make reservations in the best restaurants in New York. We either had to book a month in advance or visit enough times to strike up a relationship with someone who had the power to fit us in at the last minute. We never knew when we would We were going to have a free evening to book in advance, and we also couldn’t go often enough to become regulars,” says Montaniel.

“When we founded SevenRooms, it was more common for a master to keep customer notes stored in his head, and this database would come out with him if he decided to leave the restaurant. So we decided to create a system which would help operators capture data about their guests to personalize the experience regardless of the booth being hosted. This, in turn, also helped them increase revenue and profitability, build more relationships, deliver exceptional experiences and increase repeat visits and orders.This has helped make better service easier.

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SevenRooms helps small independent operators improve their operations with tools that automate many of the most time-consuming processes while helping large multi-site groups gain more accurate data to deliver personalized hospitality experiences to customers. This is especially relevant today in light of the labor shortages facing operators globally. Onsite and offsite customer data stored in SevenRooms also helps automate one-to-one marketing that drives customer retention without additional work, effort, or marketing expertise. These tools help streamline in-room operations to make it easier for restaurateurs to focus on what they do best: providing the best hospitality to their customers.

In the coming year, data will be crucial in helping hotel operators scale up their marketing efforts to reach guests with the right messages at the right time to drive onsite and offsite revenue. With onsite and offsite data available in a single CRM database, operators can unlock more personalized experiences for their customers that will drive revenue and loyalty. Key to this is ownership of customer data and enrolling customers in restaurant marketing programs. When operators own their data, they can build deeper, longer-lasting relationships with customers, resulting in more profitable businesses.

Adopting the right restaurant technology for now

Since the start of the pandemic, there has been a monumental shift in how operators think about new technologies and in their willingness to adopt new technologies for their businesses. In March 2020, SevenRooms saw restaurants rush to technology as a solution to many of the issues they were feeling as their businesses were forced to shut down overnight. While beneficial to their restaurants in the short term, this rapid adoption has allowed them to learn many lessons as they realize the importance of working with law types of technology providers.

The most important lesson learned over the past 20 months has been the importance of prioritizing ownership of customer data to enable a direct relationship with their customers. Before the pandemic, many restaurants relied solely on third-party reservation process and online ordering marketplaces to do business. However, when the pandemic hit, many of these same restaurants realized they had no access (or ownership) to their customer data. At the start of COVID, most didn’t even have customers to email to let them know they were no longer open for in-house dining but were offering take-out. They started to really understand the negative impact on their businesses of outsourcing their customer relationships.

Today, carriers understand that the best vendors are those that facilitate deeper relationships with their customers. They also now understand the importance of working with technology providers that integrate with their entire technology stack, allowing them to do more with less as they operate with fewer people, high costs and higher margins. tighter. That’s where SevenRooms comes in, providing a solution that focuses exclusively on their success as we help them generate more revenue and deeper, long-term customer relationships for their restaurants.

Waiting for 2022

Over the next 12 months, SevenRooms will continue to innovate its platform with the needs and wants of hotel operators at the forefront.

“Our industry-leading platform gives hotel operators a better path forward as we look to the future to create a more sustainable future for the hospitality industry,” says Montaniel. “With an open and connected business philosophy, we will continue to integrate with other technology providers and demand channels around the world while improving our product to offer the most comprehensive system on the market today. Our goal is to continue to facilitate the daily operations of hotel operators with a focus on providing the best experiences for their guests.

SevenRooms is transforming the industry, from neighborhood restaurants and bars to multi-concept international hotel groups, by empowering operators to take back control of their businesses. The full suite of products includes reservations, waitlist and table management, online ordering, mobile ordering and payment, review aggregation, and marketing automation. These solutions create a 360-degree view of customers in onsite and offsite restaurants while giving operators full control and ownership over their brand, customer relationships, and data.

SevenRooms has hotel customers in over 250 cities around the world, partnering with many of the world’s leading hotel brands. Founded in 2011 and backed by Amazon, Comcast Ventures, Highgate Ventures and Providence Strategic Growth, clients include MGM Resorts International, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Jumeirah Group, Wolfgang Puck, Michael Mina, Bloomin’ Brands, sbe , LDV Hospitality, Zuma, Australian Venue Company, Altamarea Group, AELTC, D&D London, Corbin & King, Live Nation and Topgolf. For more information, visit

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Some Central Pennsylvania Restaurants See Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day Boom

Some central Pennsylvania restaurants and bars see Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day boom


Some central Pennsylvania restaurants and bars see Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day boom

With the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day rolling around this year, some restaurants in the Susquehanna Valley are experiencing a good business boom. Watch Amber Gerard’s report above.

With the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day rolling around this year, some restaurants in the Susquehanna Valley are experiencing a good business boom. Watch Amber Gerard’s report above.

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Lebanon accident chokes Beirut’s legendary Hamra Street

BEIRUT (AP) — From his small music store on Hamra Street in Beirut, Michel Eid has witnessed the rise and fall of Lebanon through the changing fortunes of this famous boulevard for more than 60 years.

Hamra Street represented all that was glamorous in Beirut in the 1960s and 1970s, with the best cinemas and theaters in Lebanon, cafes frequented by intellectuals and artists, and luxury boutiques. It has seen a revival over the past decade, with international chain stores and lively bars and restaurants.

Now many of its stores are closed. Poor Lebanese and Syrian refugees beg on its sidewalks. Garbage piles up on its corners. Like the rest of Lebanon, the economic crash swept the streets like a destructive storm.

At 88, Eid recalls the bad times, during Lebanon’s 1975-1990 civil war, when Hamra saw militias fighting, killings in his cafes and, at one point, invading Israeli troops marching through the city. Street. Nothing was as bad as now, Eid said.

“We’ve hit rock bottom,” he said. Few customers come to his Tosca Music Shop and Electronic Supplies, which sells records and a variety of electronic clocks, calculators and watches.

Lebanon’s Economic Collapse was the country’s post-war high point. Militia leaders from the war became the political leadership and have held power ever since. They ran an economy that was booming at times, but was actually a Ponzi scheme riddled with corruption and mismanagement.

The program ultimately collapsed, beginning in October 2019, in what the World Bank calls one of the world’s worst economic and financial crises. since the mid 1800s.

The value of money evaporated, wages lost their purchasing power, dollars in banks became inaccessible, and prices soared. No less than 82% of the population today lives in poverty, according to the UN

A stroll down Hamra Street shows the impact.

Many stores closed because landlords could no longer afford high rents and huge monthly bills for private electricity generators. After dark, businesses still in operation close early. Many streetlights are not working due to power cuts. Once late at night, Hamra feels deserted before midnight.

At its height in the 1960s and 1970s, Hamra Street was the elegant heart of Lebanon’s pre-war cosmopolitan era, Beirut’s Champs-Élysées. Arab, European and American tourists flocked to its chic shops, restaurants and bars.

Hamra had the best cinemas in the capital. At the Piccadilly Theater, Fayrouz, Lebanon’s most beloved singer, performed. You might see the international diva Dalida stroll down the avenue before one of her shows. World stars have given concerts in Lebanon, including Louis Armstrong and Paul Anka.

Located in the western district of the capital, Ras Beirut, Hamra was – and still is – a place where Christians and Muslims live side by side. Its cafes were haunts of artists, intellectuals and political activists, caught up in the leftist, secular and Arab nationalist spirit of the time.

“Hamra Street is an international avenue,” says Mohamad Rayes, who has worked on the street since the early 1970s and owns three clothing and lingerie boutiques in the neighborhood.

He was talking while sitting in a café which, in the 1970s, was called the Horse Shoe. He pointed to a corner where two of the greatest Arab singers of the time, Abdel-Halim Hafez and Farid el-Atrash, had a regular place, as well as Nizar Qabbani, an iconic romantic poet from Syria.

The Civil War put an end to this golden age. The fighting caused heavy damage in Hamra Street.

After the war, Beirut’s center for international trade and shopping moved to a newly renovated downtown. But Hamra Street saw a major facelift in the early 2000s, with new water, sewage and electricity systems.

This has fueled a revival over the past 15 years. International chains like Starbucks and Nike have opened stores. New restaurants have sprung up, including those opened by Syrians fleeing their country’s civil war.

The new wave pushed many pre-war icons out of the region. Its famous Modca cafe has been replaced by a bank. A McDonald’s stands in place of the Faisal restaurant, where Arab leftists once huddled over glasses of arak liquor and appetizer dishes. The Piccadilly Theater has been abandoned.

But the street attracted a new generation of young people from all sects, bringing with it the progressive spirit of the frustrated Arab Spring of 2011. Again the street rang with bars. One club, Metro Medina, attracted young crowds with retro performances of early Arabic music from the last century.

Hamra stays busy during the day. Thousands of people come for treatment at its medical centers or to study at the nearby American University of Beirut, one of the best educational institutions in the Middle East.

But “Hamra is not the Hamra of the past,” said Elie Rbeiz.

Rbeiz, 70, has been a hairdresser for the elite in Hamra since 1962. Among his regular clients was the late Saudi businessman Adnan Khashoggi, who once flew Rbeiz to London on a private jet for a haircut. Rbeiz expanded his business 20 years ago to include menswear.

Now in the economic crisis, its sales have fallen by 60%.

Still, Rbeiz believes Hamra will bounce back. He said his store blew up during the Civil War and he renovated and reopened it. “I didn’t surrender then and I won’t surrender now. Ever.”

Not everyone is so sure.

Eid opened his music store in Hamra in 1958. He will close it when he stops working, he said. His two sons live abroad; if they don’t want his 4,500 records, many of which are collectibles, he’ll donate them.

Will Hamra Street bloom again? “Never ever. Impossible,” he said.

But he won’t leave.

“Hamra Street is the oxygen I breathe,” he said. “I grew up in Hamra Street and I will end my life here.”

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Citywide mask mandate kicks in as Packers fans flock to sports bars

Bucks and Packers fans across the city flocked to sports bars as a citywide mask mandate took effect.

The city reinstated the mask mandate requiring anyone over the age of 3 to wear a mask inside businesses, regardless of their vaccination status.

The new order did not stop fans from going out to enjoy the game.

“I love being with my people, you know the Packers fans, the loud noise when we score, you know you feel the vibe,” fan Maricela Gaona said as she entered Steny’s on South Second Street .

Steny’s staff were masked and even had masks available for all customers. The ordinance exempts anyone who actively eats or drinks.

Restaurants and bars are the first to admit that the last two years of this pandemic have been incredibly difficult to survive.

“If we have to wear masks, we’ll wear masks, we’ll play by the rules. Whatever we can do to keep businesses going, keep people employed and enjoy our favorite sports teams. I’m just thankful we’re still open and I can still stay in business because it was really, really hard.” said Ryan Steny, owner of Stenys.

City leaders say any company failing to meet the mask mandate could be punished. However, the Milwaukee Health Department does not have enough staff to perform inspections or issue citations, which calls into question the interest of it.

“I work in the area, it’s kind of boring, mainly because it’s actually really hard to try to impose it,” said Desiree Stypinski, a local bartender.

City officials say failure to comply with the mask mandate could result in the suspension or even revocation of their licenses, although many businesses and organizations are not subject to the city’s licensing requirements.

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Boston launches vaccine requirement for domestic businesses

A COVID-19 vaccine requirement for many indoor public spaces in Boston went into effect Saturday. Customers aged 12 and over will be required to show they have received at least one dose of the vaccine to enter restaurants, bars, nightclubs, gymnasiums and indoor entertainment venues. Proof of full vaccination will be required for adults by February 15. significant steps on the policy side to close these gaps and continue to protect our workforce and residents,” Wu said in an afternoon statement. “I continue to hear from our healthcare partners and healthcare institutions that the continued pressure on our healthcare system as a whole is still due to gaps in immunization rates.” Affected businesses will be required to post a sign at the main entrance and verify a customer’s proof of vaccination upon entry. Acceptable forms of evidence will include a vaccination card from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a digital image of the card, an image from another official vaccination record, or a COVID-19 vaccine checker app. Also on Saturday, Boston launched its “B Together” app to allow individuals to store immunization records for themselves and for children or family members. It launched with support for English, Spanish, and Simplified Chinese. Other languages ​​will follow. On Monday, Governor Charlie Baker announced a different digital vaccine card system that vaccinated people in Massachusetts can get and download to their smartphones. This tool is built on the SMART Health Card standard, which is already used by several other states. Proof of the vaccination mandate in Boston is meeting with some opposition, as hundreds of protesters have been seen marching downtown. These demonstrators sometimes blocked traffic. Boston police say no one has been arrested in connection with the protest.

A COVID-19 vaccine requirement for many indoor public spaces in Boston went into effect Saturday.

Customers aged 12 and over will be required to show they have received at least one dose of the vaccine to enter restaurants, bars, nightclubs, gymnasiums and indoor entertainment venues. Proof of full vaccination will be required for adults by February 15.

There are certain exemptions, including performers who are not regularly employed by a venue, professional athletes and sports teams.

“Today’s launch of our Be Together policy means we are taking politically significant steps to close these gaps and continue to protect our workforce and residents,” Wu said in a statement from the agency. afternoon. “I continue to hear from our healthcare partners and healthcare facilities that the continued strain on our healthcare system as a whole is still due to discrepancies in immunization rates.”

Affected businesses will be required to post a sign at the main entrance and verify a customer’s proof of vaccination upon entry.

Acceptable forms of evidence will include a vaccination card from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a digital image of the card, an image from another official vaccination record, or a COVID-19 vaccine checker app.

Also on Saturday, Boston launched its Application “B Together” to allow individuals to store their immunization records for themselves and for children or family members. It launched with support for English, Spanish, and Simplified Chinese. Other languages ​​will follow.

On Monday, Governor Charlie Baker announced a different digital vaccine card system that vaccinated people in Massachusetts can get and download to their smartphones. This tool is built on the SMART health card standard, which is already used by several other states.

Proof of the vaccination mandate in Boston is meeting with some opposition, as hundreds of protesters have been seen marching downtown. These demonstrators sometimes blocked traffic. Boston police say no one has been arrested in connection with the protest.

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Restaurants and bars hampered by workers sick with COVID-19, even closing for several weeks – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Restaurants and bars struggled during the pandemic as closures and lack of customers hampered their operations.

Lately, many have struggled to keep staff at work, and now, to fall ill as COVID-19 continues to ravage the DFW metroplex.

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At Alexandre’s in Dallas’ Oak Lawn neighborhood, owner Lee Daugherty said staff wanted to shut down for a month after an employee tested positive weeks ago.

Restaurants and bars like Alexandre’s in Oak Lawn are closing to protect workers as COVID-19 cases increase. (credit: Nick Starling /

“I supported their proposal, I think it was the safest and best thing for us to do. Of course, it hurts financially, of course, it hurts them financially, but you know, in order to ‘Keeping everyone safe and doing our part to minimize transmission was the right decision, “said Daugherty,” This thing is skyrocketing and growing exponentially so fast that workers mostly need to take their own decision.

Daugherty wants this to be a wake-up call for workers to fight for their health as more people in the community fall ill. “Hopefully this will result in the workers meeting their management, their owners and their bosses and saying, listen, this is what we want, this is what is going to make us feel safe. “

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Other restaurants like Bonnell’s in Fort Worth have closed after six employees fell ill. They have since reopened.

At Burgers N ‘Beyond in Fort Worth, they too have felt the tension when workers are away.

“It’s hard for us, we had to pay others to cover his shift, his morning shift and the other in the evening,” said owner Ali Altaher.

As for Alexander, after this month Daugherty said they would take him week by week to see if COVID-19 cases go down to make sure everyone can safely have a drink and have fun.

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“We can party in the future, we just can’t at the moment,” Daugherty added.

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Happy alcohol take-out restaurants grab Hochul’s attention

ALBANY – The hospitality industry, which has pleaded with the state to re-allow bars and restaurants to sell alcohol with take-out and delivery orders, was encouraged on Wednesday to hear the cited measure among Governor Kathy Hochul’s priorities to be accomplished over the coming year.

Although it was not included in the text of his state-of-the-state address that was distributed beforehand, Hochul verbally mentioned take-out alcohol, illustrating what a reporter from the pool said. in attendance was said to be the only audible reaction from the crowd in person to a variety of plans and goals that the governor described. The response was a “chuckle,” the reporter said.

In accompanying material for the State of the State Speech (see page 115), Takeout Alcohol is one of six initiatives in what is described as a billion dollar proposal to help small businesses across the state.

Calling on alcohol to become a “critical revenue stream for New York City bars and restaurants during the pandemic,” Hochul’s proposal said she would like to make the provision permanent, although such a measure requires adoption. of the state legislature.

Before the pandemic, restaurants and bars were allowed to sell take-out beer only. Under an executive order during the pandemic state of emergency, former Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in March 2020 began allowing restaurants and bars for sale, with takeout / delivery orders, every alcoholic products that they were allowed to serve internally, including cocktails and other alcoholic beverages, wine by the glass and bottled, and alcohol by the bottle. The order was renewed monthly for over a year.

Alcohol lapsed in late June after the legislature, faced with stiff opposition from the liquor store lobby, failed to pass a bill that would have continued to take alcohol to take away on a one year trial basis. Although the bill contains concessions to opponents, including banning sales of full bottles and limiting portion sizes in restaurant takeouts, it never made it past committee stage before the adjournment of the legislature.

Take-out liquor supporters applauded Hochul as he renewed attention to the issue.

“This incredibly popular and critical measure would add a much needed revenue stream to the restaurant industry as we continue to struggle through the third year of the pandemic,” Scott Wexler, Executive Director of The Empire, said Wednesday. State Restaurant & Tavern Association, in a statement. He continued, “For the benefit of restaurant employees, employers and their customers, we hope to see a permanent extension adopted as soon as possible.”

Melissa Fleischut, president and CEO of the New York State Restaurant Association, said her members were happy with Hochul’s plea for take-out alcohol, noting that 78% of the public believe it should be restored, according to a survey carried out for the commercial group.

“These are tough times that just don’t relax. The restaurant industry is hit again by another wave of COVID-19, colder weather restricting dining options and widespread staffing issues,” said Flsichut in a press release Wednesday.

Calling last year’s bill “better than nothing,” Fleischut said the restaurant association was concerned about some of its provisions and hopes to see a less restrictive version passed, but is encouraged by the firm’s support. governor to measure in principle.

“We will fight (…) to allow alcoholic drinks to take away and delivery,” she said.

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Cafe owner takes a stand against government vaccine pass system

Kim Jong-min, the owner of a cafe in Bucheon, Gyeonggi, has a paper notice saying “Unvaccinated people do not carry viruses.” Kim has offered free coffee to unvaccinated people and said he will continue to do so until the government withdraws the vaccine pass policy. [HAM MIN-JUNG]

Kim Jong-min, 35, owner of a cafe in Bucheon, Gyeonggi, recently launched a campaign offering free coffee to unvaccinated people.

“The government’s vaccine pass system triggers discrimination between those vaccinated and those who choose not to be vaccinated,” Kim told the Korea JoongAng Daily on Wednesday. “Some are kicked out of restaurants and cafes just for not being vaccinated.”

“It’s not bad that people choose not to get the vaccine,” Kim added. “I started the campaign because I wanted to encourage them not to be intimidated by their decision.”

Under the government’s vaccine pass policy that took effect on December 13, restaurants, bars, cafes or any other public facility where people congregate are required to check the immunization status of their clients. Only those who can provide proof of their vaccination status at least 14 days after their second injection, or a negative PCR test performed within 48 hours can enter these facilities. Vaccine passes are not required for individuals using these facilities alone.

Customers who violate the policy may be fined 100,000 won ($ 84.50), while the owner of an establishment or store may be fined 1.5 million won. if caught for the first time and 3 million won if caught again.

They will also be subject to a 10-day trade ban if caught violating the policy for the first time, which will increase to 20 days if caught a second time and three months for a third. They will be completely closed if they violate the policy a fourth time.

To avoid possible sanctions, some companies do not accept unvaccinated customers. Many people have shared their experiences of eviction from restaurants and cafes on online communities.

Kim’s campaign has gone viral, drawing the attention of many across the country, especially those who are not vaccinated. Some visit Kim’s cafe to show their support, while others shop from her online and leave words of encouragement on their orders.

“The reason people visit my cafe isn’t just to get a free cup of coffee. Their intention is to support me and my campaign, ”Kim said. “I want unvaccinated people to be confident in their decision. ”

Kim has distributed around 30 free coffees so far.

The online orders Kim has received contain messages of encouragement for her campaign against the vaccine pass system from customers. [HAM MIN-JUNG]

The online orders Kim has received contain messages of encouragement for her campaign against the vaccine pass system from customers. [HAM MIN-JUNG]

But he added that he had also received criticism from people who argue that vaccinations are essential not only for themselves but for others. Kim had posted a notice in his cafe that said “Unvaccinated people don’t carry viruses,” but had to withdraw it at the request of Coffee Bay, the franchise company he contracted with.

“I’ll never get the vaccine,” Kim said. “It normally takes 7 to 10 years to develop a new drug because it takes time to see side effects. Making a safe vaccine in just a year doesn’t make sense to me at all. ”

“I think the government has its own good reasons for proposing Covid-19 measures, and I respect them,” Kim said. “But what I can say with confidence is that the vaccine pass system is bogus. Although I have withdrawn the notice, I will continue the campaign until the government withdraws the policy.

People like Kim argue that they cannot fully trust the safety of Covid-19 vaccines. About 13,500 people are believed to have died after receiving vaccines on December 1. However, only two of those cases were recognized as vaccine-related deaths by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency. Some 1,200 people have had serious reactions after being vaccinated, but only five have been recognized as related to the vaccine by the government.

Others choose not to get the vaccine for personal reasons, such as pregnant women who are worried about the effects the vaccine might have on their babies, and some who are studying for big exams and worried the side effects might bother. their schedule.

“My doctor has told me not to get the vaccine before giving birth, but people are treating me like I’m selfish and potentially carrying the virus,” said a 31-year-old pregnant woman named Jin who lives in Gangnam District, in the south of the country. Seoul. “The government has not included pregnant women in the exempt category, so I have to do a PCR test every time I have an appointment. The queue takes at least an hour each time.

“I once showed the negative result to enter a restaurant and the owner jumped at my throat to find out why I had not been vaccinated,” Jin told the Korea JoongAng Daily. “The owner’s attitude was very offensive. It is no exaggeration to say that I cannot lead a normal life since the introduction of the vaccine pass system. ”

On December 28, a woman in her twenties, who said she was not vaccinated and was looking for work, filed an online petition on the Maison Bleue, demanding that the government remove the vaccine pass system which “unleashes hatred and discrimination”.

“Unvaccinated people are not the virus, please don’t have to feel guilty when we socialize with vaccinated people,” the post read.

She added that she was not offered a job after it was revealed that she was not vaccinated during the final interview.

“Please allow all people, whether vaccinated or not, to overcome the situation completely rather than showing hatred and aversion towards each other. ”

There were over 200 messages demanding the removal of the vaccine pass system on the Blue House petition website as of December 29.

Some 500 self-employed workers staged a protest in central Seoul’s Gwanghwamun on December 22, urging the government to remove the vaccine pass system. The protest was organized by the Korean Federation of Microenterprises.

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Some bars and restaurants in Asheville temporarily close, COVID protocols

ASHEVILLE – Diners and drinkers will need to take extra steps to prepare before heading to town.

Normal operations at local bars and restaurants may be disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, increased regulations and the winter season.

Closure during the peak holiday season is not typical for food and beverage businesses and is another example of the pandemic’s toll.

“The week between Christmas and New Years has historically been a very busy and lucrative time for restaurants in the Asheville area,” said Jane Anderson, executive director of the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association. “The fact that some of them had to close is a big blow to their results. They depend on that income to get it through January and February.”

Positive COVID tests, negative result

The omicron variant of the virus continues to increase during the holiday season, leading to temporary shutdowns in the New Year. Some companies have announced closures and stricter health and safety guidelines after discovering employees have been exposed or tested positive for the virus.

Little Jumbo, a neighborhood bar at 241 Broadway Street, closed on Christmas Eve and is not expected to open until January 3 or later. The bar closed after employees tested positive for COVID-19 and came into contact with other employees.

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“We wanted to be as careful as possible when it comes to protecting our guests and staff,” said Chall Gray, co-owner. “We have a small squad, so unfortunately we really didn’t have a lot of choice because we don’t have a lot of people to start. “

Some employees are waiting for the results of their tests, which will determine when the business reopens, he said.

“I stopped trying to predict the future two years ago because it just never worked for me,” Gray said.

Little Jumbo was closed for 387 days after the initial pandemic shutdown in March 2020, he said. The bar opened in April 2021, and this is the first time it has been forced to close due to the virus since then.

The latest shutdown has another big impact on the company’s revenue. Additionally, Little Jumbo canceled their New Years party and refunded ticket holders.

“It’s definitely a big hit on the income, that’s for sure. I don’t see any way to get it back. Business interruption insurance hasn’t really done much for anyone at any time, and I doubt it does now. It’s just a loss, ”Gray said. “I look forward to the day, which I hope won’t be in more than a few years, that all of this will be a thing of the past.”

Stricter COVID Protocols

Holeman and Finch, a restaurant that opened earlier this month on the South Slope, has been closed for more than a week, due to the pandemic. The restaurant has closed and is expected to resume operations on Jan.4, according to the restaurant’s website.

Once reopened, the restaurant will follow suit with other restaurants and bars in Asheville and require customers to present proof of vaccination to enter. And temperature controls will be required for all guests.

Little Jumbo introduced a proof of vaccination rule in August.

“We were among the first. Asheville Brewing, they were one of the main pioneers there, and The Crucible, ”Gray said. “I’ve heard that more and more places are starting to require it now, just in the last few days.”

There were negative comments from guests, while others expressed that the vaccination check was the reason they decided to visit, he said.

“From the calls we get at AIR, I think there are people looking for these restaurants,” Anderson said. “On the other hand, I know there are people who don’t like going to restaurants like this. It’s kind of a mixed bag.

Bottle riot

On December 27, Bottle Riot updated their guidelines to include the vaccination requirement.

Additionally, according to North Carolina law, guests will need to register as “members” of Bottle Riot to be admitted, as the bar now sells spirits and is considered a “private bar.” Previously, membership was not required since the bar only served wine and beer. The law has established bars that serve spirits but do not have restaurant kitchens serving food, co-owner Lauri Nichols said.

“Our priority continues to be the health and happiness of our staff, all our guests and our communities, and we believe that further proof of COVID-19 vaccination to become a member of Bottle Riot is a small but crucial step. to take to do so. “Nichols said.

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Many bars operate under the categorization of private bars, Gray said, including Little Jumbo. Guests should be prepared to register at the gate if they are visiting for the first time.

“It’s easy and windy. Anyone 21 and over just needs to show valid ID, along with proof of vaccine, ”Nichols said. “It can be a vaccine card or a clear photo of the card on your phone and a one-time $ 1 membership fee.”

Winter downtime

After the holiday rush, some establishments close for days or weeks to give their employees time to rest and take care of internal tasks. Winter holidays are normal and a practice that dates back to before the pandemic, Anderson said.

“Because January and February are traditionally the slowest months of the year for our restaurants, it is not uncommon for many of them to take winter vacations … so they can do a bit. repair and restoration in their restaurants, ”she said.

Customers are recommended to visit the company’s website, social media pages or call before scheduling a visit to confirm that it is open and to know the updated hours, which may be reduced due lack of staff. Also check out its COVID-19 guidelines, which may have changed with the recent virus spike.

“My best suggestion for people looking to dine out, especially this week, is (to) make sure the restaurant you’re going to is open – so check their website and / or call them,” Anderson said. “The best thing is to be nice and wear a fucking mask.”

Tiana Kennell is the food reporter for the Asheville Citizen Times, part of the USA Today Network. Email her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter / Instagram @PrincessOfPage.

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Newark will require proof of vaccination to enter restaurants, bars, theaters

The mayor of New Jersey’s largest city announced Thursday that he will sign an executive order next week that will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for anyone five years and older to enter many establishments, including restaurants, bars, theaters and concerts and sports venues.

Newark mayor Ras J. Baraka said in a statement he would sign the decree on Monday and start by requiring anyone attending New Year’s events and public holidays to present proof of vaccination.

By January 10, anyone entering a facility or business must show proof of at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccination and be fully vaccinated three weeks later, the mayor said.

“Newark’s latest three-day test positivity rate reached 27.16%,” Baraka said. “Guided by this data, the City of Newark is taking firm and aggressive action to prevent its spread and protect our residents and workers. Newark will continue to meet the challenge of COVID-19 with determination. “

The decree applies to the following places:

  • Restaurants, bars and nightclubs, including taverns, cafes, and fast food establishments that have seating
  • Breweries, cellars and distillery tasting rooms
  • Mixed-use installations
  • Food court
  • Indoor entertainment establishments, including nightclubs, hookah bars, pool and snooker rooms, and cigar bars
  • Concerts and sports halls
  • Movie theater
  • Bowling lanes
  • Indoor exercise and leisure facilities, including exercise facilities, dance, yoga and Pilates studios
  • All facilities used for group fitness classes
  • Facilities for indoor events and meetings, including hotel common rooms, banquet halls, conference centers, meeting rooms, convention centers, auditoriums
  • Shared working spaces

These establishments must display “prominently” at their entrances a signage informing the public of the entry requirement for vaccination, said the mayor.

Prudential had already implemented a similar policy before the mayor’s announcement Thursday night.

The following places do not have to require proof of vaccination from its clients:

  • Places of worship
  • Grocery stores, farmers’ markets and catering establishments offering charitable food services
  • Pharmacies, doctor’s offices, emergency care centers or hospitals
  • Hardware stores and retail establishments where people tend to be on the move and not standing or sitting near others for long periods of time
  • Private meeting spaces in residences or office buildings
  • Government facilities; warming and cooling centers, day service facilities for the homeless, shelters for the homeless or victims of domestic violence
  • Election polling stations
  • Other facilities exempted by the Ministry of Health

The vaccination requirement of the decree does not apply to the following persons:

  • Individuals entering a covered establishment for a quick and limited purpose (for example, to place a take out order, pick up an order, or make a delivery)
  • A person entitled by law to reasonable accommodation because of a health problem or sincere religious belief

This is the second decree from Baraka, who himself tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, put in place this week to tackle the growing number of coronavirus cases. The previous one reinstated an indoor mask mandate at all public facilities and required patrons to sit in a bar and wear masks unless they are actually eating or drinking.

While New York City has required diners to be vaccinated before dining or attending an entertainment event, New Jersey has not adopted such statewide requirements, and few or no municipalities in the state have announced such measures.

New Jersey has already instituted some vaccination warrants. All government officials and teachers and education personnel are required to show proof of vaccination or undergo regular testing. In addition, all students and staff are required to wear masks inside school buildings.

The state also requires all day care workers and workers in New Jersey hospitals, long-term care homes, prisons and a number of other public and private health care facilities and assembly places to high risk are fully vaccinated or undergo repeated testing. .

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Cook County to require vaccinations at restaurants, bars and gyms starting January 3

Cook County, following Chicago’s lead, will impose a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for customers at restaurants, bars, entertainment venues and fitness centers starting January 3.

The county’s announcement on Thursday came as Illinois reported a single-day record of 18,942 new coronavirus cases. 78 other people have died of the disease, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The number of people hospitalized in Illinois with the virus, 4,271, is the highest for the whole year. And the average availability of intensive care beds remained at a low 11% statewide.

Under the order issued by the county health department, companies must require anyone 5 years of age or older to prove that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Fully vaccinated means they are two weeks away from their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson.

Booster injections are not currently required, but that could change if the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changes the definition of “fully vaccinated” to include a booster injection, said Dr. Rachel Rubin, chief medical officer of the department of county health.

Businesses should also require customers aged 16 and over to present identification such as a driver’s license or school ID card with information that matches the vaccination card.

Employees must be vaccinated or show weekly proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

Exemptions will be granted to persons entering an establishment for less than 10 minutes to order and make meals, make a delivery or use the toilets.

“We need to do what is necessary to protect our communities … working closely with the city of Chicago,” Cook County Board Chairman Toni Preckwinkle said Thursday, noting that the city’s immunization mandate also comes into effect on January 3.

“There is no way to ensure 100% compliance. … I hope the vast majority will comply, ”she said.

The order immediately encountered resistance in the southern suburb of Orland Park, where Mayor Keith Pekau said he had no intention of helping enforce the order.

“This is unacceptable,” he said, noting that he believed county health officials had not made the case that bars, gyms and restaurants were a source of the spread of COVID- 19. “Business leaders have to make their own decisions. “

Complaints to county health officials about violations will either result in the complaint being referred to individual municipalities, which would “go through their own process,” or the county handling the complaint, in which case a district health inspector. county would follow up.

The county plans to work with the companies to resolve the issues, but repeat offenders could be referred to the Cook County State Attorney’s Office for an administrative hearing that could result in fines. In the case of “more egregious” violations, the county could also use the courts to request a temporary closure of a business while the case is resolved, a spokesperson for the health department said.

Asked about the possibility of companies facing sanctions, Pekau said: “We will deal with this when that happens. The county is failing to enforce its current auto hijacking and gun laws, who knows what they are going to enforce. They seem more interested in targeting restaurants than the real criminals. ”

Rubin said the county’s vaccination mandate will be reassessed every week and will not be lifted until there is a “significant” reduction in daily COVID cases and hospitalizations.

Rubin also urged companies to rethink the organization of large holiday parties before the mandate goes into effect.

County officials plan to host a webinar on Monday to answer questions from business owners about the mandate.

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Some Houston Restaurants and Bars Temporarily Closed Due to Omicron Spread – Update

It looks like the Grinch is trying to steal Christmas – but hopefully thanks to the swift preventative action of several restaurant and bar owners, he doesn’t drag our vacation to Mount Crumpit. Due to the spread of the omicron variant of COVID-19 – among the general population and in some cases among staff – several restaurant and bar owners in Houston have made the difficult decision to temporarily close. Some places that closed over the weekend are already reopening, while others remain closed over Christmas weekend.

Here are the places we know so far. This list will be updated as new information arrives. To notify us of restaurants and bars that are temporarily closed, please send us an email.

Already reopened

Angel sharing, 924 Congress: The downtown bar that donates part of the profits to charity closed briefly – just over the weekend – so employees could get tested. Fortunately, all tests came back negative so Angel Share is reopening at regular hours from Monday, December 20.

Brazil, 2604 Dunlavy: The Montrose Pillar closed on Sunday December 19 so staff can get tested. There must have been a lot of good news, because it is already back to usual schedules on Monday, December 20.

Temporarily closed

Boomtown Cafe, 242 West 19th in the Heights and 800 Capitol at the Understory Food Hall: At least for Monday, December 20, this local craft cafe is closed due to some employees’ exposure to COVID-19. The purpose of the temporary closure is to give staff time to be tested.

Dandelion coffee, 5405 Bellaire: This place for coffee, breakfast and lunch and late afternoon meals was among the first to announce its temporary closure. An email sent to its customer mailing list reported that several staff members had tested positive for COVID. The Dandelion Cafe will remain closed until the Christmas weekend and the current plan is to reopen on Monday, December 27.

Caffeine and Double Trouble cocktails, 3622 Main: The downtown café-bar closed this weekend so its team can get tested. Hopefully it will reopen at regular times on Wednesday, December 22.

J-Bar-M barbecue, 2201 Leeland: Well, that’s a bummer. Just a week after being named to our list of the best new restaurants of 2021, this top-notch barbecue restaurant with pitmaster Willow Villareal needs to take a break. It will be closed until Tuesday, December 28, due to several team members testing positive for COVID-19. If you pre-ordered a barbecue for Christmas, don’t worry. Minimal staff will always be available to make sure you receive your order, and customers with back orders will be contacted to make arrangements. You can also call (713) 534-1024 with any questions. Added 12/21/2021, 10:21 am

Nobie’s, 2048 Colquitt: On Sunday, December 19, this Montrose restaurant announced on Instagram that it was closing for holiday week earlier than expected. Originally, Nobie’s planned to close December 24-27 for the Christmas holidays. It is regularly closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, so it only lost one day of work.

Pearl bar, 4216 Washington: No one wants to bring an illness home for the holidays, so the bar is doing its part by staying closed for now. The hope is that it will reopen soon after Christmas Day.

Squable, 632 West 19th: The acclaimed restaurant founded by Justin yu and Bobby heugel, and showcasing the talents of a chef Mark clayton, has suffered a few breakthroughs among vaccinated personnel. It is currently closed and has not yet announced a reopening date.

Little champions, 2617 McKinney: Nancy’s Hustle partner restaurant closed last weekend due to staff testing positive, but it was offered on a limited take-out menu. Co-owner Sean jensen plans to reopen on Tuesday, December 21. “We have no more cases and we ask everyone to test before they return,” he said by email. He also said Nancy’s Hustle has not been affected and has not closed.

Belly hospitality: All head Chris shepherd restaurants closed last weekend and will remain closed until Tuesday. These include One Fifth, Georgia James, and Georgia James Tavern. As it stands, UB Preserv is already on the verge of shutting down after a final day of service on Thursday, December 23. The hay merchant is granted an extension as it was originally scheduled to close on the same day. It will now remain open until Georgia James temporarily moves to One Fifth in mid-January. “The health of our staff is most important – we hope to have a plan for the rest of the week by tomorrow,” wrote a representative. All Underbelly Hospitality restaurants will also be closed from December 25 to 27 for the Christmas weekend.

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Mayor Should Change Boston’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policies

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu announced a plan to implement a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for “certain indoor public spaces” during a speech Monday morning. “Vaccination is the most powerful tool we have to fight this pandemic,” Wu said when announcing the B Together Initiative. From January 15, customers will need to prove that they have received at least one dose of the vaccine to enter restaurants, bars, nightclubs, gyms and indoor entertainment. Full proof of vaccination will be required for adults by February 15. “We are also setting dates for children to be vaccinated to enter these spaces, starting in March,” Wu said. Affected businesses will be required to place a sign at the main entrance and verify proof of vaccination. ‘a customer at the entrance. Acceptable evidence will include a vaccination card from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a digital image of the card, an image from another official vaccination record, or a COVID-19 vaccine verification app. Wu’s administration said Boston plans to develop its own app for this purpose. Sixty-eight percent of Boston’s population is fully vaccinated, the Wu administration said. So far, only 31 percent of the city’s population has received a booster. Meanwhile, Boston health officials are reporting an increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases and associated hospitalizations. Wu, who supported the proposals to identify vaccines as a candidate, said her new policy was devised after conversations with New York City officials. She was also joined on Monday by leaders from several neighboring towns and villages, who expressed support for Boston’s plan. Communities represented included Brookline, Salem and Somerville.Gov. Charlie Baker said Massachusetts was working with other states on a digital proof of vaccination tool, but he specifically opposed the idea of ​​a warrant. On Monday, the Baker administration said it would share more details about the partial digital vaccine schedule “in the coming weeks.” At one point, speakers raised their voices above the noise as protesters sang “The Star-Spangled Banner”. For the communities that have not put these measures in place, I want these residents to speak louder than what you hear here and demand that they be put in place in our city, ”said the outgoing mayor of Somerville, Joe Curtatone, who said he and the next mayor would seek similar policies in this city. While some small business owners attended the press conference in support of the indoor mask mandate, the state chapter of the National Federation of Independent Businesses called it an added burden on already struggling businesses. . placed in the unenviable position of having to implement another government health directive, ”Christopher Carlozzi, state director of the organization, said in a statement to The Associated Press. Also on Monday, Wu announced an updated vaccination policy for city workers that will require them to be fully vaccinated or be fired. About 90% of the city’s employees are already vaccinated, she said. Wu mayor’s predecessor Kim Janey announced in August that the city’s 18,000 workers would be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo rigorous weekly testing. This policy, which was phased in over two months, also applied to on-site contractors and volunteers who provide on-site services on city sites, including all full-time workers, to part-time, seasonal, emergency and on probation. Wu’s new vaccination policy will eliminate the ability for Boston employees to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test every seven days as an alternative to full vaccination. said Sunday. “We are at a time when health must come first.

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu announced a plan to implement a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for “certain indoor public spaces” during a speech Monday morning.

“Vaccination is the most powerful tool we have to fight this pandemic,” Wu said during his announcement of the Initiative B Together.

From January 15, customers will need to prove that they have received at least one dose of the vaccine to enter restaurants, bars, nightclubs, gyms and indoor entertainment. Full proof of vaccination will be required for adults by February 15th.

“We are also setting dates for children to be vaccinated to enter these spaces, starting in March,” Wu said.

Affected businesses will be required to place a sign at the main entrance and verify a customer’s proof of vaccination at the entrance.

Acceptable evidence will include a vaccination card from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a digital image of the card, an image from another official vaccination record, or a COVID-19 vaccine verification app. Wu’s administration said Boston was considering developing its own app for this purpose.

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The City of Boston poster features the “B Together” program announcement.

Sixty-eight percent of Boston’s population is fully vaccinated, the Wu administration said. So far, only 31 percent of the city’s population has received a booster.

Meanwhile, Boston health officials are reporting an increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases and associated hospitalizations.

Wu, who supported the proposals to identify vaccines as a candidate, said her new policy was devised after conversations with New York City officials. She was also joined on Monday by leaders from several neighboring towns and villages, who expressed support for Boston’s plan. Communities represented included Brookline, Salem and Somerville.

Gov. Charlie Baker said Massachusetts was working with other states on a digital proof of vaccination tool, but he specifically opposed the idea of ​​a warrant. On Monday, the Baker administration said it would share more details about the partial digital vaccine schedule “in the coming weeks.”

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As city officials discussed the announcement, protesters began chanting and chanting aloud at city hall. At one point, speakers raised their voices above the noise as protesters sang “The Star-Spangled Banner”.

“There is nothing more American than coming together to make sure we take care of each other,” Wu said in response.

“For the communities that have not put these measures in place, I want these residents to speak louder than what you hear here and demand that they be put in place in our city,” said the outgoing mayor of Somerville. , Joe Curtatone. , who said he and the next mayor would seek similar policies in that city.

While some small business owners attended the press conference in support of the indoor mask mandate, the state chapter of the National Federation of Independent Businesses called it an added burden on already struggling businesses. .

“It is unfortunate that once again private companies are placed in the unenviable position of having to enforce yet another government health directive,” Christopher Carlozzi, state director of the organization, said in a statement. provided to The Associated Press.

Also on Monday, Wu announced an updated vaccination policy for city workers that will require them to be fully vaccinated or be fired. About 90% of the city’s workers are already vaccinated, she said.

Wu mayor’s predecessor Kim Janey announced in August that the city’s 18,000 workers should be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo rigorous weekly testing. This policy, which was phased in over two months, also applied to on-site contractors and volunteers who provide on-site services on city construction sites, including all full-time, part-time, seasonal, emergency and probationary.

Wu’s new vaccination policy will eliminate the ability for Boston employees to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test every seven days instead of being fully vaccinated.

“We are taking steps to ensure that we increase protections across the city as the number of cases increases,” Wu said on Sunday. “We are at a time when health must come first.

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Closing of restaurants in New York, December 2021

Almost two years after the first restaurant closings inside New York City, restaurants and bars continue to close. At least 1,000 have closed since March 2020 due to the economic slowdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Due to the difficulty of tracking restaurant and bar closings, experts say that number could be even higher and that it will likely take months, if not years, to assess.

Among them are new neighborhood spots like Jeepney and Hunky Dory, as well as decades-old institutions like 21 Club, Fedora, and Frank’s Cocktail Lounge. Below, Eater documents the city’s permanent restaurant closures so far. If a restaurant or bar has closed in your neighborhood, let us know at [email protected] This article will be updated regularly.

December 17th

Green Point: After 15 years at Greenpoint, Cafe Champion closed on December 12. Owner Talitha Whidbee told Greenpointers: “I’m so exhausted and all levels of coffee ownership are so much more complicated: no milk, shortage of cups, staff issues, the real cost of coffee beans in this. moment, my owner… ”She added:“ Coffee is going to get expensive soon to reflect all the increases we just covered and 5 cafes have opened in our area. ”

East Village: When Sidewalk Cafe, a restaurant that also served as an open mic space in the neighborhood for nearly 35 years, closed in 2019, many were curious as to what would replace it. Restaurant and bar August Laura, which took over the space that year, has already called for an end.

East Village: Avenue An outpost of Cafe Bene, a chain of cafes has closed its doors. According to EV Grieve, the family of this franchise owner also owns a delicatessen in the upscale neighborhoods, and they “have decided to merge the business.” EV Grieve also reported that there had been discussions about increasing the storefront rent by $ 2,000 per month.

East Village: A Bowery restaurant space that has seen a lot of turnover in recent years has met its last game. Gia Trattoria, an Italian restaurant believed to be owned by Gino Sorbillo, a Neapolitan chef, closed after just four months.

East Village: Banh mi spot Nicky’s Original Vietnamese Sandwiches closed at 216 Avenue A, near 13th Street. According to EV Grieve, Original Nicky’s had just moved its outpost to this storefront just seven months ago.

Lower East Side: Snack Bowery, a snack bar offering a global selection of snacks, has closed on the Lower East Side. The spot, which only opened last July, told EV Grieve it chose to shut down due to supply chain issues.

December 10

Bushwick: Bodeguita, a queer-friendly CBD bar, handed over the keys to a new business. According to Grub Street, some bar elements remain in place in the new business that has taken over: Ornithology Jazz Club, which comes from Rie Yamaguchi-Borden and her husband Mitchell Borden, who opened nightclubs like Fat Cat by the past.

Lower East Side: Rice & Miso, known for its ume-flavored rice balls, or onigiri, as well as bento boxes, is closing its Forsyth Street store. Owner Mika Hatsushima, a former model in Tokyo, launched Rice & Miso as a Brooklyn Flea pop-up in 2012. On Instagram, Hatsushima cited a staff shortage as the reason for the shutdown. Its location at 134 Nevins Street in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, will remain open (an additional outpost at 139 Plymouth Street in Dumbo also remains, but is listed on the team’s website as temporarily closed).

Park slope: Johnny Mack’s Bar and Grill, a neighborhood pub that had been open for about 25 years has closed. In her place, Allison Arevalo will open a second expanded location of her pandemic Pasta Louise spot in the spring.

December 3

Astoria: A beloved neighborhood Greek Cypriot tavern is closing after 33 years in Queens. According to the Greek journalist, Zenon Tavern officially closed on Sunday November 28. The publication reports that the restaurant, which opened in 1988, was run by chef Stelios Papageorgiou, who came to the United States via Cyprus. Until its closure, the space was maintained by members of his family. The post also details how the restaurant got involved in preparing meals for hospital staff during the pandemic.

East Village: According to EV Grieve, Indian vegetarian restaurant Ahimsa Garden, located at 265 East 10th Street, between Avenue A and First Avenue, is no longer. But fear not: According to a team post on Instagram, the restaurant will reopen at 204 East 38th Street, between Second and Third Avenues, in early December.

Elmhurst: Kazuo Yoshida, the Michelin-starred chef behind Chinatown Juku’s omakase hot spot has opened Yoshidaya by Kazuo in Elmhurst. The Japanese-style place had a small but powerful menu with dishes like Japanese lobster pancakes, which helped put the restaurant on the Eater’s Queens heat map. Yelp and Google have marked the restaurant as permanently closed, and Yoshida no longer lists Kazuo’s Yoshidaya in her Instagram bio. Eater made several calls, and one person who picked up the phone said that Eim Khao Mun Kai, a popular Thai chicken and rice restaurant, has opened its second outlet in the space.

Rinsing: A Korean spot, Monkey noodle bar, which has also consistently made its way onto the Eater’s Queens heat map, has reportedly been shut down. The restaurant was known for its dishes such as kongguksu, a noodle soup with cold soy milk broth. While Yelp lists the restaurant as “closed,” Google has yet to mark it as such. However, according to Caroline Shin, an Eater collaborator, a new restaurant called Ktown has already taken over the space.

Harlem: Renowned Indian restaurant Chaïwali called on him to quit smoking. Chef Anita Trehan opened the restaurant in 2015 inside her home. She was met with a local fanfare, even drawing praise from New York Times food critic, Pete Wells. The last day of service is December 12.

Caroline Shin contributed reporting on the Monkey Noodle Bar and Yoshidaya closures by Kazuo.

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Several New York City restaurants close as Covid cases rise

Diners in New York City have seen their social media feeds inundated in recent days with restaurant after restaurant ads that they were temporarily closing because staff members tested positive for Covid-19 or were exposed to the virus.

“I feel like it happened in three days,” said Cat Alexander, who closed her restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Pheasant on Wednesday after an employee received a positive test result. It is waiting for its remaining 22 employees to test negative before reopening.

At least a dozen restaurants and bars temporarily closed their doors this week, as the number of reported new Covid cases in New York rose to an average of 3,554 per day in New York, a 135% increase compared to the average of two weeks ago. , according to a New York Times database.

Restaurant owners said the cases reported so far have been mild, but they expected the number of closures to increase as companies try to protect employees and customers from the infection. Restaurants include Contento in Harlem, Temperance Wine Bar in the West Village and several in Brooklyn: Otway in Clinton Hill, LaLou in Prospect Heights, Winona’s in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Di An Di in Greenpoint.

“It was pretty amazing and shocking to me the rate of spread in such a safe environment,” said Jamie Erickson, owner of Poppy’s, a cafe in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. Its staff of 30 are vaccinated and still masked at work, but the coffee shop steward’s kitchen in Red Hook closed over the weekend after Thanksgiving due to a Covid outbreak.

Nationwide, coronavirus cases have caused similar shutdowns as the Delta and Omicron variants progress. There have been restaurant closures in Massachusetts, Maryland and Virginia. New Mexico, Oregon, Hawaii and other states.

New York City shutdowns, like those currently occurring in several Broadway shows, come in the midst of the holiday season, normally one of the busiest times of the year for these businesses.

Just as they were over the summer, when the Delta variant became the most predominant strain of the coronavirus in the United States, restaurateurs were once again forced to reassess their safety protocols and feel inadequate. supported by local and state governments.

New York City has some of the most stringent vaccine requirements in the country, requiring workers and diners inside to provide proof of vaccination. Governor Kathy Hochul on Monday ordered all indoor businesses in the state to require customers to wear masks, unless the companies have protocols to require proof of vaccination.

Many restaurants go above and beyond official requirements – in Pheasant, all staff are not only fully vaccinated (several employees have received reminders), but must also wear masks. Ms Alexander hopes to reopen Thursday night, but she is at the mercy of how quickly the testing centers deliver results. Many test centers experience long queues and delays.

As the number of Covid cases increases, the question for many restaurateurs is how to manage their exposure while keeping their businesses afloat.

On Wednesday, an employee of Di An Di, a Vietnamese restaurant in Greenpoint, tested positive for the virus. Dennis Ngo, an owner, said he wants to reopen as soon as workers receive a negative result from a PCR test or two consecutive rapid tests. He said some of the nearby testing centers he visited on Wednesday were running out of rapid tests.

“I am very surprised,” Mr. Ngo said. “I thought we got over that test bump.”

He said that even if his 30 employees were vaccinated and no case of Covid was likely to put them in hospital, they would lose income at a crucial time to buy gifts and pay bills. The restaurant could also lose significant revenue due to the big party dinners.

Mr Ngo plans to reintroduce delivery and take-out, in case he has to shut down restaurants inside again. “I foolishly thought we got past that,” he said.

Brent Young, who closed his Cozy Royale restaurant in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Wednesday, said he had received “no direction” from city and state officials on what to do. to do when an employee tested positive for Covid.

“Even the CDC website says if you don’t have any symptoms, just go on with your life as usual,” he said, referring to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “So I think we’re going beyond that recommendation by requiring everyone to self-isolate and take a test.”

The sudden surge in the number of coronaviruses in the city is likely due to the Delta variant and the growing number of gatherings inside for the holidays, said Dr Larry Brilliant, a California-based epidemiologist who was part of the effort to eradicate smallpox in the 1970s. The Omicron variant is still fairly new, he said, but it is the most transmissible of all existing variants.

The northeast, particularly New York City, has been a popular entry point for the virus and its variants due to tourism, said Bill Hanage, associate professor of epidemiology at Harvard University. “Where New York is heading is where we expect the rest of the country to be,” he said.

The loss of income due to the closure just before Christmas is particularly significant in many restaurants. Because an employee tested positive on Tuesday, Contento in Harlem will be closed at least until Saturday. This resulted in the cancellation of a large private event and the absence of one of the most lucrative weeks of the year, said Yannick Benjamin, sommelier at Contento. (This week, the restaurant was ranked # 4 on New York Times reviewer Pete Wells’ list of the city’s 10 best new restaurants of the year.)

Mr Benjamin said the restaurant keeps Covid testing handy for employees; all are vaccinated and many have received a booster.

“I can’t imagine how much more rigid we can be” with employees, he said. It is difficult to control their actions when much of the city is open for business. No matter how diligent people are, he said, “things do happen.”

At Clinton Hill Otway Cafe there are two separate day and night shifts so if someone on one team is positive the other team can still work and a full day of work is not lost. On Tuesday, an employee said she was exposed to Covid-19, so owner Samantha Safer shut down the dinner service the following evening. She estimated that she had lost $ 4,000 to $ 8,000 that night alone.

What particularly scares him is that, as confident as his employees are, some guests do not show the same courtesy. She said a waiter overheard three diners inside “talking about how they might have been exposed to Covid.”

Ms. Safer is taking no chances on New Years Eve, usually the restaurant’s most lucrative night out. In addition to showing their proof of vaccination, she said, diners will need to produce a negative result on a recent test.

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Expanded outdoor dining at Chicago restaurants and bars to be extended for one year

Expanded outdoor dining program described as a ‘lifeline’ for Chicago restaurants and bars struggling to survive during the darkest days of the pandemic would be extended by a year under plan the mayor advanced Thursday amid promises that it would be made permanent.

The city council’s transport committee has agreed to extend – until December 31, 2022 – a program due to expire at the end of the year which has allowed 500 restaurants and bars to place tables on sidewalks in private parking lots. and on the street to serve worried customers. eat and drink inside.

The program was launched in May 2020 at a time when indoor dining was still banned in Illinois.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot was trying to make alfresco dining more lucrative by allowing restaurants with patio café permits to set up even more tables.

It began by authorizing the closure of six trade corridors to traffic during designated lunch and dinner hours. Extended outdoor seating was then offered to bars on the condition that they had a ‘food partner’ who would deliver food to patrons drinking al fresco.

Transport Commissioner Gia Biagi said the city ultimately issued 351 locate permits which provided a “lifeline” to 500 different restaurants and bars. Forty-two of these authorized locations are “still active”.

Biagi said she plans to use lessons learned in different neighborhoods to shape an ongoing program that she hopes to present to city council by spring.

“It worked differently in different neighborhoods. And we have some issues to make sure the public road is really well managed [and] with some of the [outdoor dining] structure. It was almost like a laboratory for us to understand, ”Biagi told the aldermen.

Illinois Restaurant Association president Sam Toia said he wanted to make sure the more permanent program is “rolled out to as many neighborhoods as possible.”

He specifically mentioned Jefferson Park, Rogers Park, Chatham, Morgan Park, Pullman and Little Village as neighborhoods that “reached out to us and felt they weren’t on the agenda” due to bureaucratic hurdles that restaurants and the bars had to cross. .

“We had to involve the local chamber and the local alderman to close the streets. You have to work with Business Affairs and CDOT. Some restaurateurs are discouraged because now they go to two different departments, ”said Toia.

Another obstacle was the narrow sidewalks, Toia said.

“Take 26e 22 streetsd Room. Their sidewalks are not as big as in Lake View. There, it may be necessary to talk about closing the lanes reserved for cars. Do not close the whole street, but go out x meters into the street because the sidewalks are not that wide, ”he said.

With at least some of the changes, Toia said he hopes the permanent program could serve at least 1,000 restaurants, instead of 500.

“It was tall. Restaurant owners and operators said they had a great summer because they had indoor and outdoor dining with more seating. The more seats you have, the more you can serve. more customers and better the cash flow, ”he said.

“For the 500 restaurants that did alfresco dining, it was a lifeline.”

West Side Ald. Michael Scott Jr. (24e) welcomed Biagi’s commitment to make the program permanent.

“It’s necessary – especially because COVID isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. And even when that eases, there will still be reluctance inside, ”Scott said.

Ald. Andre Vasquez (40th) said the difficulties of the pandemic forced the city to learn an important lesson.

“We can create new experiences and the sky has not fallen with these changes. We end up with a better Chicago, ”Vasquez said.

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Tell restaurants what you want DC Dining to look and taste like in 2022

The hotel industry is still in recovery mode, especially since few establishments have been restored by the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. Restaurant owners also continue to face a staffing crisis that is more of a labor movement than a labor shortage. And some chefs and bartenders still can’t find the ingredients or equipment they need to be successful due to supply chain challenges.

But the folks behind DC’s restaurants and bars are hoping to bounce back in 2022 and remind diners why living and eating here is so special.

As restaurants and bars reinvent themselves in the second year of the pandemic, we’d love to hear from you, dear fellow: what more or less would you like to see at local establishments in the New Year? How else would you like to see restaurant meals in Washington change in 2022?

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Covid-19: Fun Freedom Day as bars and nightclubs brace for new traffic light system

Fat Eddie's, one of the most popular concert halls in central Christchurch, will host crowds on Friday evening.


Fat Eddie’s, one of the most popular concert halls in central Christchurch, will host crowds on Friday evening.

Crowded dance floors and bustling bars are back, with the new traffic light system configured to transform evenings under Covid-19.

From Friday, venues can open without restrictions, as long as they meet the My Vaccine Pass requirements.

Under the new traffic light framework, people will have to show their vaccination cards at cafes, restaurants, bars and nightclubs to avoid tighter restrictions. They may also be required to provide photo identification to verify their passport.

In central Christchurch, hotel businesses were eager to operate without the current Alert Level 2 restrictions, which included the presence of all customers.

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Janelle Pritchard – the managing director of The Oxford Group, which owns several locations including Fat Eddies, Original Sin and The Bog – said that while the transition presented challenges, it has been widely welcomed by the hospitality industry.

“We are in a business that relies heavily on late night trading and open dance floors, the complete opposite of what we have been able to do,” she said.

The group had developed “an extended modus operandi” to allow staff to treat customers calmly, as they would meet “some people who are not happy to have to present a pass”.

“We choose to scan, not just see the passes,” she said.

Nick Inkster is the owner of the Inkster Group, which operates an OGB bar and Austin Club in central Christchurch.

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Nick Inkster is the owner of the Inkster Group, which operates an OGB bar and Austin Club in central Christchurch.

“We will cross-check the vaccination pass with an identity document.”

In addition to preparing to check customer vaccination cards, companies also had to gather proof of vaccination from their staff, which had been a “huge challenge,” Pritchard said.

Nick Inster, the owner of the Inkster group which owns the OGB bar and the Austin Club, didn’t foresee any big problems.

“It’s just a normal day for us, except everyone who walks through the door has to prove that they are doubly vaccinated,” he said.

“People who have chosen not to be vaccinated have probably accepted that they will not be able to get out of [Friday]. “

Regulars would be asked to show their vaccination passports once, he said.

“We’re not going to keep asking them every day.

“If we have people trying to get in who are not vaccinated, they will not be served and will be asked to leave. “

Vaccine passes, which include a QR code, were made available from November 17 and in less than a week, more than 1.1 million passes were downloaded.

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Toronto cafe serves coffee with Lady Gaga’s face from “House Of Gucci” on it

Lance McMillan | Narcity

Now, before we go any further, mushrooms are not shrooms or psychedelics. They are carefully chosen along with other ingredients by coffee naturopathic doctor James Yoon, who told Narcity that the mushrooms he incorporates have been practiced for “hundreds, if not thousands of years in traditional herbal medicine as well as ‘in traditional Chinese medicine’.

The cafe has two locations in Toronto, one on Spadina and one on Queen West, and its third location on University Avenue will open on October 18.

Infused coffee and drinks

When you hear mood-enhancing mushrooms, you may raise an eyebrow, but Strange Love uses herbal medicine, Chinese medicine, and naturopathy to kick you in the right direction.

Along with their regular teas, coffees, and lattes, Strange Love offers three boosts made with mushrooms, herbs, and other ingredients that can be mixed with any drink of your choice.

Brooke Houghton | Narcity

“These booster shots are basically things you can add to your coffee or teas to help support your stressful lifestyle and give you a boost throughout the day,” Yoon said.

Brain Boost, one of Yoon’s most popular boosters, is made from ginkgo bilboa, bacopa, and lion’s mane mushrooms and helps with sharpness and productivity.

Energy Boost helps with mental stamina, energy and stamina and is made up of ashwaghandha, rhodiola, cordyceps mushrooms and guarana.

The Stress Reset boost helps sleep, well-being and calm and is composed of reishi, lemon balm, holy basil and passion flower.

Each boost costs an additional $ 2.50 and can be included in any drink, and if you’re the active type, you can also grab one of the boosters in a shot or juice from “The Feelings Fridge. “.

The coffee area

The cafe area is modern, elegant and the fancy of any marble lover. The open concept space inside the lobby of the 1 University Ave building. has a marble coffee bar located in front of a wall of post-it notes surrounding the quote “All you need is love”.

Each post-it is a stranger’s confession at the prompt for notes, which are things like “What childhood dream am I neglecting?” “

Brooke Houghton | Narcity

Two cube chandeliers hang from the ceiling and to the left of the bar are seating. Coffee lovers can choose between a long wooden table or small two-seater tables leaning against the window.

Next to the cash register, “The Feelings Fridge” is a tropical AF with a pattern of pink and green leaves. The fridge is stocked to the brim with juices, coffee, boost shots, and snacks.

Brooke Houghton | Narcity

Resetting the community from agitation to holistics

In downtown Toronto, it’s pretty rare to see someone in a cafe take 10 minutes of their life to focus on their mental, emotional, or physical well-being, but Strange Love Cafe is trying to change that.

Chief Executive Officer Marvin Macalino says they “empower people to live more holistic lifestyles.”

The cafe offers three interactive activities that customers can participate in, including a BioCharger, also known as a Human Charging Station, HeartMath, a Guided Breath and Heart Rate Monitor, and a Wall of Gratitude with prompts so deep that ‘they might put you in therapy.

Brooke Houghton | Narcity

The BioCharger NG has certainly intrigued me the most – next to the wall of gratitude (because snooping through other people’s hopes and dreams is always fun.)

To use the charger, you can sit at the table, choose your preferred settings, and spend ten minutes soaking up the electromagnetic energy field made up of voltage, light, harmonics, and pulsed electromagnetic energy that would impact your well-being and cellular health, according to Strange Love.

While you are enjoying your energy bath, you can also spend some time coloring in their adult coloring books, as they recommend that your phone stay six feet from the charger.

Lance McMillan | Narcity

The HeartMath station is perfect for wellness enthusiasts with a competition streak. The machine connects to your earlobe and chest and monitors your heart rate and breathing to determine your level of consistency and records your scores so you can compete with yourself next time around.

Macalino says, “These techniques are really designed to make you pay more attention to the way you breathe because it has a direct impact on your heart rate and overall mood.”

All in all, Strange Love is a weird yet wonderful experience that breaks out of the traditional mold of the coffee chain into the world of wellness.

Brooke Houghton | Narcity

Price :

Address: 1 University Avenue, Toronto, ON

Why you need to go: to try mushroom-infused coffee and connect to a human powered charger.


In Ontario, a vaccination passport is required to access certain events, services and businesses, including restaurants and bars.

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Delhi HC allows the sale of herbal hookah in bars and restaurants. Details here

Judge Rekha Palli, who has heard a series of pleadings from several restaurants and bars against the ban on the sale or service of herbal-flavored hookahs, said the bans imposed due to Covid-19 “cannot last forever ”and said authorities have already allowed cinemas and swimming pools to operate at full capacity.

Noting that he was granting permission on an interim basis, Judge Palli made it clear that bars and restaurants would commit to serving only herbal hookah in accordance with strict coronavirus protocols.

“Subject to the applicants filing an undertaking, until the next hearing date, the respondent (the Delhi government) will refrain from interfering with the herbal hookah service,” the judge noted. .

“In the event of a change in the situation of Covid-19, the respondent will be free to move the tribunal,” she added.

The court also ordered the AAP-led Delhi government to file its response to the petitions and asked it to “take a call” if other restaurants and bars contact it for permission to serve water-based hookah. plants according to the coronavirus protocol.

Separate petitions have been filed by Breath Fine Lounge and Bar, TOS, R High Speedbar and Lounge, Verandah Moonshine and Sixth Empirica Lounge in West Punjabi Bagh claiming that they serve herbal hookahs for which no license is granted. required because they are completely tobacco-free. but the police continued to carry out raids, seize equipment and launch challans.

The petitioners challenged the order of the Joint Commissioner of Police (Licensing Unit) prohibiting the sale or service of herbal flavored hookahs.

The Delhi government has opposed arguments claiming that for a single mistake the whole of Delhi would have to pay a heavy price, and allowing hookah consumption in public places could spread COVID-19 since people would share it.

“Now you have everything opened. Cinema room, full capacity. Swimming pool, full capacity. You want to ban hookah, you can do it but not on COVID grounds, ”the judge told Delhi government lawyer Santosh Kumar Tripathi.

“What’s going on? These people (the petitioners) don’t have to survive? I gave you a long rope. But there must be a limit. You cannot have such restrictions at the expense of of your livelihood. I know we can’t let our guard down but this can’t go on forever “,

The Delhi government attorney reiterated the official position that herbal hookah cannot be allowed to be sold and used at this time.

The petitioners argued that the continued ban on the sale and use of herbal hookah was unjustified.

The High Court had previously ordered the Delhi government to reconsider the ban and file an affidavit.

The Delhi government then told the court that now was not the time to ‘let our guards down’ for unnecessary service that is likely to contribute to the transmission and severity of the coronavirus.

The court was informed that under the latest order of October 14, the Delhi government decided to maintain the ban on the use of hookah, with and without tobacco, i.e. hookah to herbal, water pipes and other hookah-type devices, in all public places, including hotels, restaurants, pubs, etc.

The Delhi government had clarified that the Delhi Disaster Management Authority only allows activities, such as opening cinemas, restaurants, etc., which are essential, are of social welfare and of the public and can be tracked in accordance with all appropriate COVID behaviors.

However, the very nature of the hookah mechanism increased the risk of transmitting the virus, it was said.

The court registered the case in February next year for a new hearing.

With PTI inputs

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Netherlands faces three-week partial lockdown, cafes to close at 7 p.m.

Many places canceled the Carnival kickoff on November 11, but Den Bosch did not. Photo: Sem van der Wal ANP

The cabinet is expected to announce a three-week partial lockdown at Friday night’s press conference, in a bid to contain the surge in coronavirus infections in the Netherlands, Dutch media report.

Cafes, restaurants and bars will have to close at 7 p.m., as will non-essential stores. People will also be advised to work from home as much as possible and limit the number of visitors to no more than four, sources at the firm told broadcaster NOS.

The measures will take effect at 7 p.m. on Saturday, NOS said.

Cafes and bars may also need to reinstate mandatory seating, AD says, but there are no plans to introduce a general curfew.

The new restrictions were prompted by an increase in coronavirus cases and hospital admissions. As of Thursday, more than 16,300 new cases were reported, a daily record, and the number of people in IC departments has now reached 330.


A three-week partial lockdown is more than recommended by government health advisers, but is seen as a compromise compared to other advice. The government does not plan to close cinemas and theaters – which had been suggested by the outbreak management team.

Sports matches can take place but without supporters, NOS said. This means Tuesday night’s World Cup qualifier between Oranje and Norway would take place in an empty stadium.

In the meantime, the cabinet wants to anchor other measures – such as the return of social distancing – in law, NOS said. It will take a week or two for this to pass through both Houses of Parliament.


However, ministers have yet to decide whether they should switch to the so-called 2G system, where coronavirus passes are only issued to people who are either fully vaccinated or have recently had coronavirus.

This discussion will continue at the cabinet meeting on Friday morning, but preparations are underway to implement it, RTL Nieuws said.

The ministers will also brief the 25 heads of the regional security councils of the changes on Friday morning.

The press conference will take place at 7 p.m. and will tweet live as ministers outline the new measures.

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Sarasota’s Best Rooftop Bars and Restaurants at Bradenton Beach

While we love our Florida beach bars and oceanfront restaurants, we also love to drink and maybe dine on a fab rooftop. Just five years ago, however, there were few or none in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Fortunately, that all started to change in 2017, with openings continuing through 2020. Shown from oldest to newest, here’s a look at our five favorite rooftop bars and restaurants for cocktails, craft beers and can. -be a light bite or even a full meal.

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The rooftop bar and eats

100 Marina View Drive, Sarasota; 941-217-4777;

Opened in 2017 and located on the 19th floor of the Westin Sarasota, the Roof Bar and Eats easily offers the highest vantage point of any rooftop bar in downtown Sarasota with spectacular views of the waterfront and the city ​​skyline. The pool is only available to hotel guests, but is otherwise open to the public, drawing visitors in for its expansive views of downtown and Sarasota Bay. The Roof Bar and Eats offers a selection of craft cocktails, beer, and wine, along with a menu of laptops and small platters such as burgers and quesadillas. There are a variety of living room furniture to take your drink or meal, including fire pits when it gets colder at night.

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The Perspective Rooftop Pool Bar is located at the Art Ovation Hotel in the Theater District of downtown Sarasota.

Rooftop pool bar in perspective

1255 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota; 941-316-0808;

Part of the Art Ovation Hotel in the Theater District of downtown Sarasota, this eighth-floor rooftop bar opened in 2018. The Perspective Pool is for hotel guests only (except when you buy a day pass), but is otherwise open to the public, with its own view of Sarasota Bay and downtown, and late-night Fridays and Saturdays that draw a nightlife crowd. It also regularly hosts events, including a rooftop reggae party hosted by Shantel Norman of Jah Movement. The Perspective’s menu offers signature and classic cocktails, beer and wine, as well as dishes such as a burger and a blackened grouper sandwich.

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In downtown Sarasota, Sage serves a selection of creative cocktails, beers and wines at its rooftop bar.


1216 First St., Sarasota; 941-445-5660;

Opened in 2019 in the former Sarasota Times building on the National Register of Historic Places, Sage recently reopened its rooftop bar on the fourth floor. In addition to its historic background, the allure of Sage’s rooftop bar is its privacy, not reaching the heights of its downtown counterparts, but almost feeling like it is hanging out on the rooftop of Sage. ‘a friend, also with a big home. Sage serves a selection of creative cocktails, beer and wine, and plans to offer a menu of dishes on its rooftop in the near future. For now, you can go downstairs to try its acclaimed international cuisine.

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The Deck at Oak & Stone in downtown Bradenton is a 3,400 square foot rooftop bar with stunning views of the Manatee River.

The terrace at Oak & Stone

1201 First Avenue West, Bradenton; 941-357-4306;

Opened in late 2019 and located atop the eight-story Springhill Suites hotel in downtown Bradenton, The Deck at Oak & Stone overlooks the Manatee River with views of the Palmetto Shore, Tampa Bay, and the Bridge Sunshine Skyway. At the covered rooftop bar you can order from their menu of craft cocktails or help yourself to the beer wall with taps for craft beers, ciders and wine selections. There is also a large open-air space with several seating areas with coffee tables and fire pits. Hunger? The Deck now offers Oak & Stone’s full menu with thin crust pizzas, oven-roasted chicken wings and a tasty burger.

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Daiquiri Deck Restaurant and Bar opened its location on Anna Maria Island, on Bridge Street in the town of Bradenton Beach, in March 2020. This photo was taken on March 8, 2020.

Daiquiri Bridge Anna Maria Island

107 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach; 941-253-3300;

The Sarasota-based Daiquiri Deck has five impressive locations, but our favorite is the most recent, which opened on Anna Maria Island in early 2020. Located near the west end of bustling Bridge Street in the small town of Bradenton Beach, it occupies the second and third floors of a beautiful new Key West-style building. The rooftop bar and accompanying terrace offer views of the Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Waterway, as well as much of the island, as no structure can exceed three stories. Along with the alcohol infused slushies that made the Daiquiri Deck famous, they also offer seafood and raw sea bass, along with plenty of other menu items.

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Hawaii restaurants dealing with staff, supplies, and capacity issues ahead of the holiday season

HONOLULU (KHON2) – During the 2021 summer season in Oahu, long lines were observed outside restaurants and wait times were well over an hour.

“It was partly because we had reduced hours because it was difficult to find staff. We still had the plus-up which had not yet expired. We had then and still have terrible supply chain problems and increasing costs; meanwhile, the number of guests returning to the islands was growing like crazy, ”said Greg Maples, president of the Hawaii Restaurant Association.

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“We saw this kind of special storm that hit, and if you didn’t have reservations at some of your favorite places, you either didn’t go in or you waited two or three hours to get in.”

Greg Maples, President of the Hawaii Restaurant Association

He said restaurant sales fell 50% after Governor David Ige asked visitors not to come during the delta surge, and as businesses head into the upcoming holiday season, most of the summer’s problems still haven’t been resolved.

“We’re still struggling with staffing issues because there just aren’t enough people here who want to work and especially in our industry,” added Maples.

He said the lack of workers and declining sales in addition to higher shipping costs resulted in businesses closing on any given day. Maples noted that many restaurants also switched to take-out when COVID vaccine requirements took effect on Maui and Oahu.

“If more people are staying to take out, that means there will be less seats to sit inside restaurants,” Maples said.

The state forecasts between 35 and 40,000 arrivals and more per day in this 2021 holiday season, and restaurants remain capped at 50%.

“If things are to get back to normal, we want normal, we want to be able to get all of our tables back to 100% capacity and if we can’t start with that then we need to at least give us three. feet, ”Maples said.

Kauai and the Island of Hawaii do not require proof of COVID vaccination for dinner. But in areas more populated by tourists, like Poipu, it’s always difficult to find dinner reservations.

“We recommend that people book at least two to four weeks in advance,” said Darin Tann, general manager of Keoki’s Paradise in Kauai.

Tann said the restaurant tries to offer walk-in tours, but wait times can sometimes exceed an hour. He explained that there are fewer restaurants on Garden Island, which makes it harder to accommodate everyone. He also said it was even more difficult to find workers in Kauai.

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KHON2 asked if returning to 100% capacity by the holidays would be a good or bad thing:

“For us, it’s all really about the experience because if we sacrifice having more guests and sacrificing the experience, that won’t help us in the long run,” Tann added.

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Montreal nightclub owners protest Quebec dance ban

MONTREAL – Closed since March 2020, Montreal nightclubs were arguably the businesses most affected during the COVID-19 pandemic and now owners are taking to the streets to demand that they finally be allowed to welcome again people on the dance floor.

As restaurants and bars rejoiced on Thursday when the Quebec government unexpectedly announced that these businesses will be able to operate at 100% capacity from November 1, nightclubs have been snubbed about soon-to-be relaxed health measures. .

From that date, bars will also be allowed to stay open until 3 a.m. instead of 2 a.m., however, dancing and karaoke are still prohibited under current regulations.

Owners like Tommy Piscardelli, owner of Stereo, an iconic Montreal nightlife spot for 23 years, say it was a slap in the face, not least because of the controversy last weekend where thousands of maskless fans were seen dancing inside the Bell Center at a Ricky Concert by Martin and Enrique Iglesias.

“It just made me even angrier because it’s, like, now that they’re really single [us out]He said in an interview with CTV News on Friday.

“We are literally the last business to open in the entire city of Montreal. “

He said the latest blow was the loss of federal government grants, such as the Canada Emergency Rent Grant (CRS) and the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (SSUC), which are due to expire on October 23. . It is the same day Piscardelli and other bar owners chose to organize a big demonstration in Montreal.

The “Dancer’s right” The protest will look more like a parade, according to Piscardelli. Sound trucks will play music as crowds descend Park Avenue starting at 2 p.m. and ending at 8 p.m., according to a Facebook event.

“We are not anti-virus, we are not anti-government, anti-vaccine, anti-everything – we are for everything,” Piscardeli said.

“It’s a festive parade. It’s not – it’s nothing negative. It’s just to make noise, to let people know we’re here.

Piscardelli said he would gladly apply the vaccine passport to the door and even welcome a policy of masking inside if public health recommends it, provided it means it can reopen its doors.

The head of the Association des bars du Québec also stands behind the nightclubs.

Jean-Jacques Beauchamp, president of the Quebec Bar Association, CPBBTQ, also said he was disappointed by the province’s announcement on Thursday.

“Why is there still no dancing and no karaoke in a bar?” He said Thursday, adding that he intends to address the issues with Quebec officials next week.

The Department of Health and Human Services did not immediately respond to a request from CTV News regarding when dancing and karaoke would be allowed.

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Diageo sees its margins increase with the opening of bars and restaurants

A bartender takes a bottle of Johnnie Walker whiskey in Almaty, Kazakhstan on June 22, 2017. REUTERS / Shamil Zhumatov / File Photo

Sept. 30 (Reuters) – Whiskey maker Johnnie Walker Diageo Plc (DGE.L) said on Thursday its new fiscal year had a “good start” and expected its operating margins to rise as people opt for premium brands and spend more in restaurants and bars.

The recovery in Europe has been ahead of its own expectations, while in North America, despite supply constraints, the business has been “performing strongly,” the company said in a statement ahead of its annual general meeting. later in the day.

Sales in bars and restaurants, hit by restrictions imposed by COVID last year, are rebounding sharply in both regions as higher vaccination rates encourage more people to venture out.

Sales in the African, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America and Caribbean markets are also doing well, but Diageo has warned that it expects some volatility in those markets to persist.

“We have got off to a good start in FY ’22 … as we benefit from the resilience of non-trade (retail) and the continued recovery in on-trade (bars and restaurants),” said the general manager Ivan Menezes.

The company also benefits from customers who buy more premium drinks and increased sales through higher-margin channels such as e-commerce, Menezes added.

Report by Siddharth Cavale in Bengaluru; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty

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Fingers crossed by bar and restaurateurs near Soldier Field Bears – and their joint patrons – stay in town

Owners of bars, restaurants and hotels near Soldier Field, who rely on patrons who flood the area when the Bears play at home, are hoping the city will strike a deal to prevent the team from relocating to Arlington Heights.

“For a lot of reasons, that would be sad,” said Grant DePorter, head of restaurant group Harry Caray, which has a location on Navy Pier that transports fans to and from Soldier Field by boat on game days.

“When the Bears play it brings a lot of business to Chicago, a lot of people travel for the weekend to watch their team play against the Bears and fill hotels and restaurants. It would be a big economic loss. I just hope they decide to stay, ”DePorter said.

“In New York and Los Angeles they have Hollywood actors, but in Chicago your celebrities are sports stars, and the Bears are some of the biggest stars out there,” he said.

“The Bears are great for us,” said Billy Lawless, owner of Gage, a restaurant on Michigan Avenue just steps from the grounds. “A move wouldn’t be good for hotels and restaurants in the area, but in reality it’s only eight days a year,” he said, referring to the number of home games in the regular season which the Bears play.

“I hope they can get through this, though. Emotionally it’s very important to have the Bears in the city, they are part of who we are, ”Lawless said.

Sam Toia, chef of the Illinois Restaurant Association, hopes a deal can be made.

“A move of the Bears out of town would definitely have an impact on restaurants and bars in the South Loop, West Loop and the Central Business District,” he said.

“I hope that the town hall and the Bears can come out of this,” he said. “We also have members (restaurants) in Arlington Heights, but Chicago is the economic lifeblood of the state.”

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Best Restaurants Rooftop Bars for Eating and Drinking Outside of DC

It’s 70-ish, sunny, and incredibly gorgeous weather in DC. And you know it won’t last long. Here’s where to make the most of the outdoors while sipping a delicious drink and / or enjoying something tasty this week.

Try one of these scenic spots by the water

Barca, a new Spanish-inspired bar in the old town. Photography courtesy of Barca Pier & Wine Bar

We recently mapped out all the waterfront bars and restaurants (that we know of) within a two and a half drive of DC, whether you’re looking for a quick getaway or a nice riverside cocktail accessible via the subway.

Fancy a happy hour with a view, a fancy dinner or a new hotspot? Try one of our 25 favorite spots by the water.

The weather is also shaping up to be mild this weekend, a perfect time to adjust to a nice brunch by the water’s edge before the temperatures cool down.

Fall for crabs

Photograph by Jay Fleming.
Photograph by Jay Fleming.

It wasn’t the best year for Chesapeake crabs, but early fall is the best time of year for a crab feast. The prices are often lower, the crabs are plumper and it is indeed pleasant to spend hours picking outside. Here are our favorite Chesapeake crab houses, as well as some classic DC area crab houses within the city limits if you don’t want to drive.

Take your best friend to a puppy-friendly patio

Dogs and humans both love to drink outside in Dacha. Photograph by Scott Suchman

These restaurants, bars and beer gardens go beyond welcoming pets. Forget about water bowls – we’re talking puppucinos, alcohol-free dog beers (yes, that’s a thing), and even built-in play areas where they can run off leash.

Discover one of these pretty patios and roofs

The new Quattro Osteria in Shaw. Photograph by Amanda Hoey

A number of new restaurants have recently opened with atmospheric outdoor space. Quattro Osteria (pictured above) recently made their Shaw debut with an impressive menu from a team of native Italians, including Tosca elders and brothers Giovanni and Salvio Ippolito. A spacious terrazza lounge is reminiscent of Italian country homes with an indoor / outdoor setup, as well as cafe-style sidewalk seating.

Looking for something more casual? DC Chaia’s popular “taco farm” store just opened in Bethesda with a taco window and small front patio (part of a much faster, more relaxed expansion trend that’s happening right now).

More in the mood for elevated eyesight? Try one of these eye-catching rooftop bars and restaurants.

And even when the temperatures start to drop, that doesn’t mean you have to go inside – here are a few of our favorite cozy fall patios that feel like city breaks.

Spend time at a new beer garden

The new location of the Pen Druid Brewery overlooks the Blue Ridge Mountains. Photograph by Brian Oh.

There are a bunch of new (and soon to be opening) beer destinations around DC, many with great outdoor space. Plus: It’s Oktoberfest season, and a bunch of beer gardens are having events, serving special beers and serving kids through September and early October.

Tiki TNT offers tropical rum drinks and snacks. Photograph by Rey Lopez.

Live the hot weather (while you can)

Although the first pumpkin and spice lattes are appearing, there are still some good options for making the most of the balmy season. Here are some of the best summer treat picks like frozen drinks – and even more frozen drinks – as well as ice cream, beer gardens, and more.

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Anna Spiegel covers the restaurant and bar scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and the Master of Fine Arts program at Columbia University in New York City, and held various cooking and writing positions in New York and St. John, in the US Virgin Islands.

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Concord Restaurant, Bar Patrons Divided Over Vaccine Mandate – CBS San Francisco

CONCORD (KPIX) – Friday night in downtown Concord and the vaccination mandate is in effect for indoor restaurants, bars and gyms. Many restaurants feared the warrant, fearing that businesses would dive if customers were to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test.

It was not a typical weekend evening at the Lima restaurant. The indoor dining room has not been so empty since the start of the pandemic.

“It’s Friday, 7:30 pm to 7:30 pm Usually we’re packed but people go out less,” said John Marquez, chef and owner of Lima, who said his business has gone on long enough and will not live up to the sanitary order.

Marquez made a choice when he heard about the mandate and that is to continue accepting every customer who walks through the door. He says all of his staff have been vaccinated and are following protocols, but checking immunization status is a step he is unwilling to take.

“It’s more of a business choice for us because we have to stay alive,” Marquez explained.

Opposite The Hop Grenade, COO Kevin Callahan has yet to see the tenure impact his business. Her clients have to show two cards: one to see if they are of legal drinking age and another to prove their immunization status.

“We treat it that way. Every time someone sits we ask for ID and proof of vaccination. It’s just one more layer, trying to keep it as simple as possible, but it’s still difficult, ”Callahan said.

The guests this Friday evening were divided on the fact of having their vaccination status checked.

“I don’t agree with that because it’s like they’re saying they don’t trust us if we’re vaccinated,” said a man named Austin who opposes the warrant. Adeline Yoong disagrees. “I just feel a lot safer, I totally agree with that and welcome it,” she said.

Contra Costa County says its goal is to educate business owners and not punish anyone, but it will investigate every complaint.

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Contra Costa County restaurants prepare to ‘watch the public’ with COVID vaccine checks – Silicon Valley

Some of Hazy Barbecue’s Instagram followers disliked Tuesday’s announcement that Restaurant Danville would begin checking diners inside to prove they had received their COVID-19 photos.

The post was immediately inundated with so much vitriol that the restaurant shut down comments completely.

It was a rocky start for Hazy Barbecue’s attempt to comply with Contra Costa County’s latest health order, which went into effect on Wednesday.

Intended to curb the spread of COVID-19 fueled by the delta variant since the start of the summer, the health order requires anyone entering restaurants, bars and gyms to prove that they have been vaccinated. The order broadly applies to all indoor businesses where people breathe heavily from exercise or remove their masks to eat or drink.

Contra Costa is the first Bay Area county outside of San Francisco to adopt the “vaccine passport” policy, which also went into effect last month in Berkeley.

“People need to know that it is not our fault that the regulations change and that we have to comply with them,” said Brendan Harrigan, co-owner of the Hartz Avenue restaurant in downtown Danville.

DANVILLE, CA – SEPTEMBER 22: Spencer Umidon, left, and host and hostess Michele Johnson, respectively, wait for customers to enter the Revel Kitchen and Bar in Danville, Calif. On Wednesday, September 22, 2021. The Contra Costa County begins its mandate that customers must show they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if they wish to dine indoors or enter gyms and bars. (Ray Chavez / Bay Area News Group)

Customers who refuse to show proof of vaccination are supposed to either be directed to the outdoor space of a business or be asked to leave.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the new health order was already complicating a Danville couple’s plans for an early dinner. Doug Thompson said he was fully vaccinated but will have to sit outside with his wife, who left her phone and vaccination card at home.

Thompson sympathized with the restaurateurs, saying they would now be forced to play the hall monitor. And he was skeptical that the order would have the desired effect at the end of the day.

“I think anti-vaxxers are going to continue to be anti-vaxxers, although that can be troublesome,” Thompson said. “I don’t think it’s going to change anyone’s mind… it might change a few, but not a lot.”

A restaurant manager said on Wednesday morning he was preparing for the difficult conversations he expected to have hours later with customers who could prank him if he was turned down.

“We want to comply, but we don’t think it’s our responsibility to watch the public,” said Patrick Kelly, who manages Norm’s Place restaurant and cocktails in Danville.

DANVILLE, CA – SEPTEMBER 22: Miranda McCurry, left, and coworker Paull Penn dine at Revel Kitchen and Bar in Danville, Calif. On Wednesday, September 22, 2021. Contra Costa County begins tenure as customers must show they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if they want to go to dinner indoors or enter the gym and bars. (Ray Chavez / Bay Area News Group)

Kelly said patrons who dined inside Norm’s Place – which flaunts an American flag above the bar – complied with past health rules, such as mask warrants, without causing grief to staff.

As the latest wave of COVID-19 appears to be abating, 126 people are currently hospitalized with the virus in Contra Costa, and 44 of them have been admitted to intensive care, according to county data.

The county has recorded eight deaths from COVID-19 so far in September. Of 631 deaths since December – when vaccines first became available – 95% were people who had not received COVID-19 vaccines.

Contra Costa Health Services, which announced the new ordinance last week, said its main goal was not to crack down on non-compliant companies, but rather to educate them, as well as the community, on the practices. sure.

“That said, the application for not complying with this health ordinance is the same as for not complying with other health ordinances,” agency spokesman Will Harper said in an email. . “The county will investigate complaints about businesses that violate health ordinances and act accordingly. “

Maria Gonzalez, an employee of the Valley Medlyn cafe, said a couple of customers initially refused to show proof of vaccination on Wednesday, but did so reluctantly after learning about the new policy. Nonetheless, she is concerned that other interactions with customers will become more confrontational.

The outdoor patio at the Revel Kitchen and Bar is large enough that owner Curtis deCarion is hoping it can accommodate those who are not vaccinated or who refuse to prove they are.

As a business owner, deCarion said, he “would never want to turn away clients” even though it is a reality he is about to face.

“We understand why we have to do it,” said deCarion. “We’re not really excited about it, but we’re doing what we have to do these days to survive.”

A calm Wednesday afternoon saw only a few patrons sitting at Hazy Barbecue – the calm before a storm of patrons expected during dinner hours. While Harrigan, the restaurant’s co-owner, was being interviewed, he noticed that some customers at a table inside had yet to show his staff their vaccination cards.

Dealing with them would be the next item on his to-do list, Harrigan said.

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Sonoma County restaurants still struggling in 2021

Martin said it was painful to see all of the effort and hard work the couple put into the restaurant over the past two decades fading away.

“It’s really sad, to be honest, and it’s been hard to stay motivated, but we force ourselves to keep going. We’ve worked harder than ever in the past two years. It would be easy to quit, but I can ‘can’t afford that,’ he said.

If there’s a silver lining, Lucas said, it’s that the couple have come full circle, leading a lean operation together and trying to look to a brighter future. “This little restaurant that started with two of us has come full circle. I love this place. It’s our heart and our soul,” he said.

The $ 22 Turkey Sandwich

Chef Chris Ball of the Seafood and Eat restaurant in Windsor and Down To Earth Cafe in Cotati has had to increase the prices of his menus to keep up with the rising cost of produce.

He knows customers hate it.

“We’re incredibly busy and we can’t break even,” Ball said of his restaurant Cotati. “I can’t charge enough because any increase I make is only half enough, but when I increased the prices on my menu people went crazy.”

Ball has always prided itself on using ingredients sourced from local farms and ranches, paying good wages and doing as much as possible from scratch, like the pastrami which takes nearly a month to heal, his au pesto or whiskey sauce for his donuts. According to Ball, basic ingredients from factory farms, pre-made sauces and processed ingredients are up to 40% cheaper.

Cash strapped, restaurants are already turning to prefabricated products that solve their labor issues and cost a lot less.

“The sad thing is that people probably only notice once that things are different,” he said. “You don’t need talented staff when all they have to do is show up and put it in a bag.”

“Restaurant owners lower their products to stay profitable, and it’s a smart business time. I could cut prices, and I would lose a few people, but the rest would still show up, which doesn’t support anything around us. This is not the model we have to adopt. It is not good at scale. Our entire food chain and distribution chain depends on us, “he said.

Ball said when factoring in the cost of the right ingredients, wages, workers’ compensation, rent, insurance and all other business-related costs, a turkey sandwich should cost him around $ 22. $ to make a profit, but no one would pay it. .

Instead, business is shifting to less labor-intensive restaurants.

“If you serve pizza, Chinese food, burgers, or Mexican food, you’ve probably done very well during the pandemic. But white tablecloth meals are not coming back,” he said.

This means that talented chefs move into different careers, and high-end waiters extend their sales skills elsewhere.

“There is a massive brain drain from this industry,” he said.

“The older guys who know what they’re doing are gone, and there’s no one behind them who can cook. All of a sudden, you’re a chef at 22 because you can buy everything ready-made. Most of the people I know have been released on bail.

Ball is looking to cash in on the take-out market with a new ghost kitchen, a food business with no physical presence, just cooks preparing food in a commercial kitchen for delivery. He can use his kitchen and staff, use ingredients at lower cost, and outsource delivery to Doordash or Grubhub.

It’s not what he dreams of as a training chef, but at least it will help pay the bills.

A light at the end of the tunnel

With seven restaurants and 475 employees, Mark and Terri Stark faced their own challenges. This includes the opening of their new restaurant, Grossman’s Noshery & Bar, in March 2020, which was not eligible for any of the federal relief programs, and is working to achieve 100% voluntary vaccination for staff.

While each restaurant operates independently, the group benefits from unified management practices that have enabled restaurants to retain employees by prioritizing employee salaries and benefits. Despite being forced to lay off most of their staff in early 2020, Terri Stark said restaurants have kept much of their old team and hired several hundred more during the tight labor market.

The Stark owns Stark’s Steakhouse and Seafood; the Willi’s wine bar; Seafood from Willi; Monti’s; The bird and the bottle; Noshery by Grossman; and Bravas.

With places easily accessible and popular with tourists in Santa Rosa and Healdsburg, Terri Stark said that in April 2021, when diners started to go out in droves, things started to improve in their restaurants.

“It’s been ups and downs, but we’ve seen a few months even better than 2019. We’re holding out,” Stark said.

The management of unvaccinated diners and the emergence of the delta variant were, however, difficult. Stark’s mission is to encourage immunization compliance, including a raffle of 21 $ 1,000 gift cards and a party for immunized staff in early September.

More than 90 percent of the group’s workers are now vaccinated.

“We’re waiting for the inevitable… people will probably need to be vaccinated to get into a restaurant soon. We’re trying to understand our protocol and get on the train as soon as possible,” Stark said. San Francisco recently required restaurants and bars to require guests to show proof of vaccination before entering.

Despite their challenges, Stark has a long-term view.

“I would like people to be optimistic that the current staff situation is not forever. People cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel, but it will come,” she said.

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New mandate demands vaccinations for LA County bars

A new mandate will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for customers and employees of indoor bars, wineries, breweries, nightclubs and lounges in Los Angeles County.

My colleagues Luc Argent, Rong Gong Lin II and Stephanie Breijo reported on the mandate this week. Staff and clients will need to have at least one dose of vaccine by October 7 and be fully immunized by November 4. Currently 67% of LA County residents are at least partially vaccinated, according to a Times analysis.

The directive comes as health officials consider fall and winter, hoping to reduce the types of spikes in cases that occurred last year as the weather cooled, as rallies were moving indoors and that vacation meetings spurred travel.

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Their story quotes Dustin Lancaster, whose credits include Bar Covell in Los Feliz, Augustine Wine Bar in Sherman Oaks, and six other Los Angeles area bars and restaurants. “If you want to sit inside a bar, it makes 100% sense to me that you get vaccinated,” Lancaster said. “The science is out there, we know that vaccinations help reduce that, and all of our clients – for the most part – have been incredibly supportive and said, ‘Thank you’ and ‘I’m so glad you’re doing this. ‘”

Luke and Ron followed with a quick, point-by-point explanation of what you need to know before you go.

Stephanie reported last month on a group of 20 restaurants and bars independently requiring that clients be vaccinated. Among the group was Osteria La Buca on Melrose Avenue. I went to the restaurant last week with my partner and a visiting friend. A security guard outside the entrance checked our cards (or photos of our cards). It was as if our identity was verified before entering a bar. That is to say: not serious if you are vaccinated.

Jenn Harris ate through the dining options at the new SoFi Stadium in Inglewood: burgers, tacos, burritos, pizza, and a hot dog-stuffed stromboli among them. Jenn details her thoughts in her story, but it’s even better to watch her candid real-time reactions in the video.

Hollywood Park, the 300-acre commercial development project that already houses the SoFi stadium and a casino, will also be home to a massive Barbara “Sky” Burrell project, slated to open in November 2022. The 3,800-foot iteration sound squares Sky Gourmet Tacos, Stéphanie reports, will include “a large dining room; a lounge with a piano bar and other live entertainment several nights of the week; Burrell’s first dedicated bar; a terrace ; and private event spaces.

After a year of hiatus, the The Michelin guide is coming back to California soon. Stephanie reports that her next Michelin-starred restaurant rating update will be announced on September 28. Stephanie also has the week news overview, including details on the opening of Primo’s Donuts in Westwood Village and a second location in Long Beach for pizza favorite Little Coyote.

Staff photographer Robert Gauthier has a beautiful photo essay and accompanying story about 36-year-old sake brewer James Jin and his Nova Brewing Co., the only craft sake brewery and tasting room in the Los Angeles area.

Exceptional field dinners in October

The LA Times is teaming up with Outstanding in the Field for five dinners hosted in evocative Los Angeles and Orange County settings throughout October, featuring local chefs while covering topics related to sustainability and the environment.

On Thursday, October 7, at Sepulveda Dam (a venue that showcases LA River watershed restoration efforts), the event includes the premiere of the film “Man in the Field”, featuring the founder of Outstanding in the Field, Jim Denevan.

An afternoon event on Saturday, October 9 at Wattles Farm, the 4-acre community garden in West Hollywood, highlights women farmers as well as wineries and breweries owned by women.

Sustainable seafood is the theme for a dinner at Huntington Beach Pier on Tuesday, October 12, with chefs Andrew Gruel of Slapfish Restaurant Group and Craig Brady of Haven Craft Kitchen + Bar in Orange.

Post & Beam chefs John Cleveland and Eric Bost (formerly at Auburn in Los Angeles and now at Jeune et Jolie & Campfire Restaurant in Carlsbad) hosted a farm-to-table dinner at the Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano on Thursday 14 October. ; food will come from the 28 acres of the center.

Paramount Studios in Hollywood will be the iconic venue on Saturday, October 16 for a dinner highlighting LA’s Michelin-starred chefs, hosted by Ray Garcia of Broken Spanish and Valerie Gordon of Valerie Confections.

Tickets, which cost $ 385 per person for each event, for the LA Times Food Bowl, presented by the City National Bank, are available at

James Jin, owner and brewer of Nova Brewing Co., bundles a pile of rice that he will use to make koji for sake production.

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

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Good Oak Bar to reopen and bring back cocktails, beers and fried pickles

The popular bar right next to the Rialto Theater is making a comeback after being closed for over a year.

Good oak bar is now under new ownership and reopens at 316 E. Congress St. on Wednesday, October 20.

Bar at the Good Oak Bar (Photo credit: Adam Lehrman)

The new owners made the announcement on Facebook and Instagram, expressing their appreciation for the both vintage and trendy bar, sharing the following:

“The velvet curtain at the door, the handcrafted bar, the black and white photo booth, the beautifully designed cocktails and the rich conversation – it’s no wonder this place has become one of the centre’s most beloved spots. -City of Tucson. Humbly, we are delighted to be a part of the next chapter of Good Oak as the stewards of this beautiful space.

In the past, its proximity to the Rialto Theater made the Good Oak Bar a great place to eat and drink before a show, but it was its quality and ambiance that seemed to keep visitors coming back. Plus, in addition to their selection of mezcal, local beers, and cocktails, the fried pickles also made a name for themselves at the bar.

Fried pickles at the Good Oak Bar (Photo credit: Adam Lehrman)

Fried pickles at the Good Oak Bar (Photo credit: Adam Lehrman)

Loveblock Partners is the group that takes over the Good Oak Bar, which knows the area well as it is behind other restaurants and bars like HUB Restaurant & Creamery and Playground bar and lounge.

“We would like to sincerely thank Derrick Widmark and his team. We are deeply grateful that they created the very special space, community and integral part of the downtown Tucson landscape known as Good Oak.

Good oak bar

New Owner at Good Oak Bar (Photo courtesy of Good Oak Bar on Facebook)

Good Oak Bar opened in 2013 and, like many other businesses during the pandemic, temporarily closed in June 2020.

Good Oak Bar is located at 316 E. Congress St. For more information, visit them on Facebook or Instagram.

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Hank investigates abandoned restaurants – Boston News, Weather, Sports

BOSTON (WHDH) – More than 100,000 bars and restaurants across the United States have closed since the start of the pandemic. Many others struggled to stay open and were promised government money to help them. But they never got that money! Hank Phillippi Ryan is investigating.

The door to the District 7 tavern has been closed since the start of the pandemic.

Inside, the bar is empty. The pool table is covered. The televisions and the jukebox are turned off.

“It’s been a struggle to keep the lights on,” says co-owner Arianne Waldron. “We are in debt. We are drowning. The Roxbury pub is struggling to find the money to reopen.

The bills are piling up in a very overwhelming way ”, Ariane says, “How are we going to get out of this?” “

Earlier this year, she and her business partner applied for a grant from the federal “Restaurant Revitalization Fund”.

The fund had $ 28 billion that Congress set aside to help businesses like Arianne’s that have been hit hard by COVID.

“It was like, okay, this was going to be our lifeline” said Ariane.

District 7 received an email from the Small Business Administration with good news: “Congratulations, award approved. ”

“We were delighted” said Ariane.

The email promised that a grant of $ 100,000 would be in the restaurant’s bank account in “3-7 business days.”

This money was going to save us. This money would allow us to reopen, to allow us to rehire our workers, and to be able to provide for the needs of their families ”, said Ariane.

Arianne and her partner used the email – and the promise of that money – to get a bank loan.

They began repairs, bought employee uniforms and rehired their manager.

But two weeks later, they got another email that said:

“We regret to inform you that due to recent court decisions the US Small Business Administration will not be able to disburse your Restaurant Revitalization Fund award.”

“I immediately had a stomach ache” said Ariane.

We found that the same shocking notice had been sent to almost 3,000 bars and restaurants across the country. The money they had been promised was not coming!

Their immediate reaction was terror, despair, grief, confusion, ”said Erika Polmar, co-founder and executive director of the Independent Restaurant Coalition.

What happened? When Congress established the fund, lawmakers prioritized applications from businesses owned by women, veterans, or those who are socially and economically disadvantaged.

But then some companies took federal action to challenge that. And the judges agreed with them.

“It’s especially devastating when you think you have the price and it’s taken away from you,” Erika says.

The Independent Restaurant Coalition has been inundated with calls from business owners who have also already spent the money they were promised.

“I spoke to people who were rightly hysterical. I had never in this role called crisis counselors on the phone with people, it was just as serious and it still is, ”says Erika.

The fund then had to reconsider all outstanding requests on a first come, first serve basis and quickly ran out of money!

We found that only 36% of businesses that applied for money were ultimately approved.

And now, over 100,000 restaurants and bars – including District 7 – are still waiting for help.

“That sudden hit of that rug under our feet really left us out,” says Arianne.

There are currently bills in Congress calling for more money to be given to restaurants and bars to stay afloat. Industry experts tell 7-Investigates that if something isn’t done soon, more businesses will close and more people will lose their jobs.


Coalition of independent restaurants and additional resources

Video published by the Coalition of Independent Restaurants

National Association of Restaurateurs

Boston Black Hospitality Coalition

Here are links to some of the bills pending in Congress to replenish the fund and other laws to help restaurants, bars and other food and beverage businesses:

Restaurant Revitalization Fund Replenishment Act, 2021

Entry law

Information from the Small Business Administration on the Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Companies that have received money from the fund

The Small Business Administration (SBA) recounts 7 surveys:

As of June 30, 2021, the RRF program has received over 278,000 eligible submitted applications representing over $ 72.2 billion in requested funds, and approximately 101,000 applicants have been approved for restaurants, bars and other businesses in restaurant type.

Underserved populations received approximately $ 18 billion in grants, including:

  • Women-owned businesses ~ $ 7.5 billion
  • Veteran-owned businesses ~ $ 1 billion
  • Socially and economically disadvantaged businesses ~ $ 6.7 billion
  • Businesses owned by representatives of several underserved populations ~ $ 2.8 billion

The remainder of the $ 28.6 billion was awarded to eligible applicants not identified as part of an underserved group.

Additional economic relief is available: The SBA still administers programs such as economic disaster loans [EIDL], Advanced Targeted EIDL Programs, and Additional Targeted Advanced EIDL Programs. SBA administrator Guzman has increased the maximum amount small businesses can borrow through the EIDL program.

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Notice: There is no recovery without restaurants

Ninfa’s is an institution in Houston. It was founded by Ninfa Laurenzo, a Mexican-American woman widely recognized for popularizing fajita in Houston, nearly half a century ago. I love the restaurant and am proud to have owned the Ninfa Mexican Restaurant Memorial for the past 26 years.

Obviously, during that time, we’ve had some ups and downs. But nothing could have prepared Ninfa’s, or anyone in the restaurant industry, for the COVID-19 pandemic. While more than 10,000 Texas restaurants have closed since the start of the pandemic, we have been fortunate to continue to take out after the temporary shutdown. The church next to our facility has included us on their Facebook prayer list, praying that we will survive the pandemic.

Many people believe that the restaurant industry has already recovered, or at least is on the right track, thanks to Paycheck Protection Program loans. But this is not the case.

The PPP was a tourniquet meant to stop the bleeding before it was too late to recover. What could finally get us out of intensive care is the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, which aims to provide much-needed grants to restaurants to get back on track. But in order to do this, it must be replenished.

Like most restaurants, Ninfa’s operates with very low margins. The impact of COVID-19 on the supply chain has driven up the cost of almost everything. The beef we used to buy at $ 6 a pound is now $ 13. Tequila is in serious shortage because there are not enough glass bottles. Other operating costs are also increasing. Relief for restaurants cannot come quickly enough.

That’s why Congress approved nearly $ 30 billion in Small Business Administration grants to food and beverage companies through the RRF. To ensure that historically underserved businesses have access to assistance, businesses owned by women, veterans and minorities have been given priority request status for a 21-day exclusivity period.

I applied for an RRF grant on May 3, the same day the application portal opened. After testing my banking information to make sure I was using a valid business operating account, the SBA approved my request. I thought that meant we were going to start thriving again, and I could reward the loyal staff – some of whom have been with Ninfa for over 20 years – for sticking with us when we could barely make the payroll.

Then things stalled. The loan we were promised never arrived, and I found out that the RRF was closed because a lawsuit had been filed in response to the priority status given to women, veterans and businesses owned. to minorities. We wouldn’t get the loan we were promised, and we were back where we started – in limbo.

Unfortunately, we are not the only ones in this impossible position. SBA data confirms that more than 12,000 eligible Texan restaurants that applied for an RRF grant did not receive the funding they were counting on before the program ran out of cash. Nationally, the figure is over 177,000.

With the rapid spread of the delta variant, restaurants and the economy are not yet out of the woods. Once again, there are new protocols for navigating and a growing anxiety that threatens our recovery. It takes a lot of time and money to keep up with the changing rules – money restaurants and bars don’t have to spare.

Fortunately, some senators want to replenish the RRF and give the restaurants the funds that have been promised to us. US Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine sent a letter to Senate leadership asking them to “propose legislation that provides additional funding to the RRF to meet the exceptional demand for the program” to ensure restaurants “have the resources they need to stay solvent. And “facilitate rapid economic recovery”.

I couldn’t agree more. Until this industry gets back on track, there will be no recovery. I urge readers to encourage their lawmakers to replenish the RRF and keep the promises the SBA has made to small American businesses like Ninfa.

Sanei has owned Mexican restaurant Ninfa’s Memorial in Houston since 1995.

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A record number of restaurants are opening in New York. Kind of.

The return of restaurants. The season of hedonism. New York summer. There is no shortage of names to describe what is happening on the streets of New York once laden with yurts, but Nicole Biscardi believes there might be room for another. “This is the start of the restaurant renaissance,” says Biscardi, hospitality industry specialist at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.

In July 2020, when the five boroughs became an epicenter of the coronavirus around the world, city officials struggled to document the number of restaurant closings across the city – there were just as many. About a year later, the opposite is now true: New York is having one of its busiest restaurant opening seasons in over a year. Even if it’s not that busy.

Restaurant openings are on the rise again in New York City, but seen through the prism of pre-pandemic openings data, the renaissance is more like a slow recovery. “People might think restaurants are blowing doors, making money hand in hand, opening left and right, but they don’t realize how devastated the industry has been,” Biscardi said. “Even though it looks like things are back, they still aren’t.”

Nearly 700 restaurants opened between March and May 2021, according to the latest data available from Yelp, but more than 1,000 opened during the same period in 2019. May is generally one of the busiest months of the year for restaurant openings, the number of new openings fell by 300 restaurants from 2019 to 2021.

Restaurant reservation company Resy estimates that roughly the same number of businesses opened on its platform between April and June 2021 as during this same period in 2019. However, the reach of the company has more than doubled in recent years, from around 2,000 restaurants at the end of 2018 to more than 5,000 the following year, suggesting that openings have not kept pace with the company’s growth.

Still, this is an encouraging increase after a year that interrupted even the city’s busiest seasons for restaurant openings. Over the past year, Biscardi says she has monitored restaurant openings across the city, examining a workload of more than 600 businesses grappling with seasonal weather conditions and changing regulations. In the fall, when indoor dining briefly returned to New York City, there was a “panic” about how loosely worded state policies would play out in reality, she says. After the restaurants inside closed two months later, most of the restaurateurs she spoke to “were crying hysterically”, unsure whether their businesses would survive the winter.

By the spring, restrictions on coronaviruses had started to loosen and something became apparent, Biscardi says. In a year of ups – and especially downs – some restaurateurs were holding their breath, planning new projects, and waiting to launch those that were already in preparation before the pandemic. Now well into the summer, restaurant openings “shoot like a shotgun,” she said.

Aldama, located in the former location of Williamsburg Bar Loosie Rouge, opened in June.
Adam Friedlander / Eater

Granted, the number of restaurants open between March and May 2021 is down from 2019, but year over year the number of new food businesses is up about 92%, according to Yelp data. . Between March and July, about 1,300 additional establishments applied for permits through the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, although that number also includes non-restaurant food businesses and renewals. existing restaurants.

Spring and fall were typically the busiest seasons for restaurant openings before the pandemic, but the latest increase in numbers is the culmination of a year-long “bottleneck”, according to Biscardi. “Because of the time it can take to plan and open a restaurant, there were a lot of restaurants waiting in the pipeline,” she says. When the pandemic restrictions on restaurants and bars started to ease, “people who were even kind of ready to go said, ‘Fuck it. Let’s do it now. ‘”

This is the case with Hand Hospitality, the successful group behind Her Name is Han and Izakaya Mew. Emboldened by the city’s reopening, Hand launched Little Mad in early June, a Korean-American restaurant in Nomad located in the same group’s former On space. Hand plans to expand with a second restaurant next month, a Thai establishment that has been under construction for more than a year but has been suspended due to the pandemic.

The openings were spurred by a feeling – that “everything is coming back slowly,” a spokesperson for the hotel group told Eater – but also a fear. “If we don’t do it now, how long later can we wait?” ” they say.

Hand Hospitality has reallocated its restaurant spaces, but elsewhere in New York City openings are being spurred by ‘fire sale’ rental deals made earlier in the pandemic, according to Andrew Moger, founder of local sandwich chain Melt Shop and real estate development company BCD. “The things that are opening up now are deals that were made during the pandemic,” when rents were reduced by 30 to 50 percent in parts of the city, he says. “It’s not like you sign a lease now and take it over the next day. It takes time.”

A luxe dining room with gold trim, red and orange booths, custom light fixtures, and fruit on display

Restaurateur Andrew Carmellini opened Carne Mare at the South Street Seaport in June.
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For operators with capital earlier in the pandemic, the investments are starting to pay off. Blank Street Coffee, which opened in Williamsburg last August, now has a double-digit line of brick-and-mortar coffee carts and cafes to its credit. Founders Issam Freiha and Vinay Menda plan to open 20 more locations in New York City by the end of the summer, they say, about a third of which will be brick and mortar.

“We were the only bid most of the time,” Menda said of lease agreements made around the same time last year. “We had all the time in the world to decide what we wanted to do. “

These same opportunities are rarer today. Brandon Pena is the founder of Puerto Rican roaster 787 Coffee, which nearly doubled its number of locations last year – from four to 11 – by signing leases on coffee spaces that closed during the pandemic. He estimates that rental prices have increased by around 20% compared to the same period last year. “There are a lot of restaurants opening and everyone is trying to get the best price,” says Pena, who outbid three cafe spaces in June alone.

“Everything we’ve looked at, the prices are going up because they have deals now,” he says. “Before, they didn’t have anyone.

Food courts may relocate again, but experts say New York City’s economy may still be years away from returning to pre-pandemic levels and may be slower to rebound than other regions metropolitan areas of the country. Other factors, including the end of the state’s hiatus on business evictions on September 1 and the depletion of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, mean a slight increase in restaurant closings could be on the horizon.

Biscardi will be the first to say that she is not a “fear sower” – or a city-wide economics expert – but as someone who has been on the ground with restaurant owners and bars over the past year, she thinks “we’re on the right track. return ”, even if it is long. “Even under perfect circumstances – everything is open, the rules are lifted, people want to come out – I think we are looking at another two or three years,” she said.

Still, a rebirth is a parent, and Biscardi expects restaurants and bars to keep opening, especially as New York City draws closer to its second busiest season for openings: the fall.

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Northern Colorado, Boulder Valley restaurants and bars received over $ 100 million in COVID-19 relief – BizWest

Of the nearly $ 500 million Restaurant Revitalization Fund grants to Colorado restaurants, bars and food trucks during the COVID-19 pandemic, more than a fifth went to establishments in northern Colorado and from the Boulder Valley.

Restaurants and watering holes in Boulder, Broomfield, Weld and Larimer counties have accounted for more than $ 111 million in funding, according to an analysis of data provided by the office of US Senator John Hickenlooper.

“Restaurants are the heart of our communities and many in Colorado were in dire straits during the pandemic,” the first-year Democratic lawmaker said in a prepared statement. “These grants will help keep many doors open and restaurant workers at work.”

The main recipients of funding, from the American Rescue Plan, in the region were Mission Yogurt Inc., a Westminster KFC franchisor, and The Kitchen Cafe LLC, a Boulder-based restaurant chain co-owned by Kimball Musk. Each received $ 10 million.

In total, 15 companies received more than $ 1 million. The groups include the operators of well-known establishments such as Frasca Food and Wine (nearly $ 2 million), Larkburger ($ 2.8 million) and the Walnut Restaurant Group Inc. (nearly $ 3.1 million). ), owner of a trio of closed Boulder restaurants The Med, Brasserie Ten Ten and Via Perla.

Of the cities with more than a few institutions that received grants, Boulder got the most funding at around $ 47 million. Fort Collins restaurants received about $ 20.4 million, followed by about $ 12.4 million in Westminster, $ 4.6 million in Loveland, $ 3.7 million in Longmont, $ 3.6 million in Broomfield, $ 2.55 million in Estes Park, $ 2.4 million in Louisville, $ 1.8 million in Lafayette and $ 1.7 million in Greeley.

A total of 1,762 Colorado restaurants, bars, brasseries, caterers, food trucks and more received $ 481,075,609 in grants. Over 400 of these establishments can be found in the Boulder Valley or northern Colorado.

Unlike the Paycheque Protection Program, grants awarded under the Restaurant Revitalization Fund program do not need to be repaid. The program provided up to $ 5 million in available grants per restaurant location, or $ 10 million per restaurant group, based on the total loss of revenue between 2019 and 2020, according to Hickenlooper’s office.

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Of the nearly $ 500 million Restaurant Revitalization Fund grants to Colorado restaurants, bars and food trucks during the COVID-19 pandemic, more than a fifth went to establishments in northern Colorado and from the Boulder Valley.

Restaurants and watering holes in Boulder, Broomfield, Weld and Larimer counties have accounted for more than $ 111 million in funding, according to an analysis of data provided by the office of US Senator John Hickenlooper.

“Restaurants are the heart of our communities and many in Colorado were in dire straits during the pandemic,” the first-year Democratic lawmaker said in a prepared statement. “These grants will help keep many doors open and restaurant workers at work.”

The main recipients of funding, from the American Rescue Plan, in the region were Mission Yogurt Inc., a Westminster KFC franchisor, and The Kitchen Cafe LLC, a Boulder-based restaurant chain co-owned by Kimball Musk. Each received $ 10 million.

In total, 15 companies received more than $ 1 million. The groups include the operators of well-known establishments such as Frasca Food and Wine (nearly $ 2 million), Larkburger ($ 2.8 million) and the Walnut Restaurant Group Inc. (nearly $ 3.1 million). ), owner of a trio of closed Boulder restaurants The Med, Brasserie Ten Ten and Via Perla.

Of the cities with more than a few institutions that received grants, Boulder got the most funding at around $ 47 million. Fort Collins restaurants got about $ 20.4 million, followed by about $ 12.4 million in Westminster, $ 4.6 million in Loveland, $ 3.7 million in Longmont, $ 3.6 million $ 2.55 million to Broomfield, $ 2.55 million to …

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We are not a virus police, French cafes say about the new COVID pass

PARIS (AP) – French restaurateurs and workers are as worried as anyone about the coronavirus – but they also fear that the new mandatory COVID passes will turn them into police officers for the virus instead of purveyors of culinary pleasures.

From next month, all diners in France must present a pass proving that they are fully vaccinated, or recently tested negative or recovered from the virus. For restaurants – considered France’s lifeblood – the new rule presents yet another headache after a punitive pandemic.

“Previously our job was to make sure our guests had a good time while they were with us. Now we spend our time berating them. We weren’t trained for that, ”said Louis le Mahieu, director of the Parisian restaurant Les Bancs Publics.

The Bancs Publics are set up at the corner of a street in the canal that crosses the north-east of Paris, a neighborhood popular with young people who meet in its many cafes or along the canal to drink and listen to music. Vivid street art brings the neighborhood to life, and there’s a pop-up vaccination reservation space nearby, next to Paris Plage, the city’s annual urban summer beach project.

Like other restaurants in the lively neighborhood, Le Bancs Publics is already struggling to comply with the virus rules that often change in France. It is one of hundreds of Parisian places closed for not respecting visitor limits since French restaurants reopened in May for the first time in nearly seven months. Thus, its brightly colored metallic shutters are drawn and no guest is in sight.

Cafe and bar owners fear more problems when COVID pass becomes mandatory.

Bill preparing for COVID pass requirement for restaurants, shopping malls, hospitals, trains and planes includes fines of 45,000 euros ($ 53,250) for violations – which could be fatal to small businesses that are already struggling economically after the pandemic losses.

For Gauthier Max, owner of the neighboring Mama Kin, restaurants and bars are no longer places of leisure but have become spaces of constraints and restrictions. “We have effectively become police officers,” he said.

A diverse crowd of customers usually stood outside Mama Kin with drinks and cigarettes and socialized inside, but it was also temporarily closed this week for virus violations.

A collective of angry restaurateurs are due to meet with the region’s police chief on Thursday to discuss the challenges of the virus and try to find solutions, Max said.

Unions pushed back on the new pass requirement, as did protesters during protests in Paris and other cities in France on Wednesday. Tourists are also confused about how they can get the COVID passes before they go into effect next month; the government promises answers soon.

Citing resurgent infections across the country, President Emmanuel Macron and his government say COVID passes are the only way to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed again – and to avoid more stringent measures such as new blockages.

With health rules changing rapidly, many restaurateurs have said they have trouble keeping up. Mahieu said even the police officers he questioned on the streets were not always aware of the latest regulations.

He said he would abide by the new sanitary rules, but warned they could incur new costs and lower returns.

“We will probably need a full-time employee and a security guard to handle the unhappy people that we will have to turn down,” he told The Associated Press. “We will be stuck between a rock and a hard place.”

Many restaurateurs understand the need to fight viruses and want to avoid even stricter measures.

“I am very pro-vaccine and I find the health pass a good idea and a very reasonable measure. Other vaccines are now compulsory in France, ”said Christine Boudon, owner of La Fontaine de Mars near the Eiffel Tower, one of the oldest restaurants in Paris. “However, it can be difficult for us to put it in place. Checking clients’ health cards is a bit like police work. Only the most senior staff here will be able to carry out this task. “


Angela Charlton in Paris contributed.


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Food shortages affect restaurants and bars

KRONENWETTER, Wisconsin (WAOW) – Continuing food shortages and delays are impacting restaurants and bars in our area.

“I would say it’s been at least 6 months, it’s gradually getting worse,” said Jackie Fisher, co-owner of ReLocation Pub & Eatery, “Every week it seems like a different item is missing. We just don’t know never what product we’re going to get each day, we’re on the phone with the distributor or trying to figure out what to buy. ”

Sometimes it’s not just the product itself that’s causing the shortage.

“So even when you can get the product, a lot of times the product is there but it’s nothing to do with that product. So it’s like putting that product into something,” Fisher said. “An example is our dressing is what’s going on this week. So the dressing is ready to use, but there are no containers to put the dressing in to ship it to us.”

This dressing should be used up for eight to twelve weeks.

It is these delays in shortages that put pressure on prices.

“So our cutback that we get for our fryers went from $ 21 for 35 pounds to $ 48 in two weeks. And people don’t realize that we have these costs behind the scenes that we have to absorb somewhere. , I feel like the consumer is the one who is going to have the benefit of catching up, ”Fisher said.

This pressure is not only on the owners, but also on the menu.

“I think the menu prices are going to go up and I think you’re going to see it all,” Fisher said.

But for now, don’t worry too much about your favorite items disappearing from menus forever.

“I don’t think it’s bad enough to take things off the menu, we’re going a week or two where we don’t have them, and we have to post saying we don’t have them or tweak our menu a little bit up. ‘to have the product come back, and people are very understanding about that because they also know, when they go to the store, that they can’t find that product, ”Fisher said.

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BC casinos and nightclubs to reopen on Canada Day

VICTORIA – BC casinos and nightclubs have been given the green light to reopen on July 1, when BC officially enters Stage 3 of its restart plan.

The capacity limits and activities that can take place in the two industries were outlined by provincial health officer Dr Bonnie Henry and Premier John Horgan on Tuesday afternoon.

Dancing will not be allowed in nightclubs during stage 3, although tables for up to 10 people are allowed. People are not allowed to mix between tables, according to health officials, as is the current rule for restaurants as well.

Restaurants, bars and pubs, however, have been allowed to increase their table limits based on the size of the building, and normal alcohol service hours have been restarted.

Likewise, casinos are allowed to reopen in British Columbia, but at a reduced maximum capacity. Depending on the province, only 50 percent of gaming stations can be open at the same time.

Still, any reopening announcement is good news for the casino industry, which has been among the hardest hit during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Casinos have been closed for almost 16 months in British Columbia, since March 16, 2020.

The BC Lottery Corporation is now delighted to welcome its customers back to its casinos and adds that security is a priority.

“As gaming establishments across British Columbia prepare to welcome guests again on July 1, the health and safety of our players, employees and communities is our top priority,” said Lynda Cavanaugh, President and Interim CEO of the BCLC in a statement Tuesday.

“Along with our casino service providers and thousands of industry employees, we have worked hard behind the scenes to provide an exceptional entertainment experience for our players when they are ready to return,” she said. declared.

A more in-depth look at Stage 3 of BC’s plan to reopen, including restrictions that will be lifted from Thursday, can be found here.

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At home or at the bar. With or without alcohol – Discover the main trends in summer drinks | Food

Lancaster County is hot, so now is the perfect time to decorate yourself with a wide-brimmed hat, shorts and your favorite sandals. Additionally, pandemic restrictions have been lifted, allowing most restaurants and bars to dine indoors and out.

So, it’s time to catch up on all the fun summer drinks you might have missed last summer.

Here are some drink trends to check out in Lancaster County this summer, reminding you of how to be sociable in the sun.


In 2019, as beverages became a cultural phenomenon, Hardselzer paved the way for dominant alcohol trends and beer coolers across the country.

Gluten-free and low-calorie drinks appeal to those who need a special diet and come in many flavors not found in typical beer choices. Lancaster County restaurants, bars and breweries have added Hardselzer to their beverage lineup over the past two years.

Some local breweries, such as Lancaster’s Iron Hill Brewery, which recently launched the Rivet Hard Selzer line, are starting to make their own Selzer.

Iron Hill now has homemade mango and black cherry selzers, and some retailers also sell assorted packaging such as black cherries, mangoes, creamy orange shekels, and limoncello.

The Black Forest brewery in Efrata recently launched Hardselzer. Hardselzer is available in a variety of flavors such as plain or cherry, mango, blueberry, passion fruit, and watermelon. You can mix the flavors to make a personalized drink.

Alcohol-free cocktails

One of the biggest summer drink trends may be completely alcohol-free. Cocktails are served at select Lancaster County restaurants, but alcohol is optional.

The Commonwealth Kitchen and Café in downtown Lancaster offers ‘moderate cocktails’ or ready-made cocktails without alcohol.

The restaurant is BYOB and the menu includes a combination of liquors, but the drinks are designed to be a delicious option for those who love brunch and don’t drink, operations director Michael Sirianni said.

Options include a shot of Bloody Mary (called Common Mary) and an optional rum watermelon and mint mojito.

Luca, an award-winning restaurant in downtown Lancaster, offers a cohesive menu of alcohol-free cocktails including straight Negroni, Juni Party, orange peel and demerara syrup with non-alcoholic appetizer.

Other non-alcoholic drinks include lemon-basil spritzer and amaro-based relbolista.

Different ways to absorb

Some local restaurants and bars have relied on take-out cocktails after pandemic closures prevented people from going out and drinking. Now that the restaurant is reopening for indoor and outdoor dining, liquor rules have become stricter again, but some bar owners want an extension.

In the meantime, the way people choose to drink cocktails has evolved, and some of those changes are staying there.

The tap handle behind the bar isn’t just for beer anymore. Cocktails on tap are now part of the landscape of local consumption. For example, Annie Bailey’s pub in downtown Lancaster has a selection of rotating cocktails, including knee-length drinks, paloma, and margarita options.

And this summer, refreshing alcoholic drinks go beyond fine cocktails, wine and beer. Bartenders experiment with locally made beer and mead as ingredients for cocktails.

Mannheim-based Artifice Ales and Mead offers a beer-based chocolate milkshake made from crafty Irish stout from a brewery. This sweet summer drink is also available at the Medized Medery in downtown Lancaster.

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Wimbledon restaurants and bars courting public in hopes of vibrant business | Wimbledon

Wimbledon restaurants and bars courting public in hopes of vibrant business |  Wimbledon

Wimbledon Village is decked out in the green and purple hues of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club as anticipation hovers in the air.

With less than 24 hours to go to the tournament, restaurants and bars are hoping the Wimbledon fortnight will help replenish revenue after the Covid-19 pandemic kept customers away, with thousands of fans on the point of descending on SW19.

Although the AELTC will limit spectators to half its capacity until the final, there is still potential for sustained activity for restaurants and inns.

No effort was spared to attract audiences, with extravagant tennis-themed display cases incorporating balls, racquets, flowers, strawberries – everything Wimbledon, even Wombles.

Thai Tho Restaurant has one of the most eye-catching displays, featuring a giant tennis ball as the window centerpiece, while interior photographs of tennis players cover the walls. “We do it every year. We really hope for good business, ”said Ploy Hennessy, staff member. In the past, well-known players were known to show up.

But, while celebrity spotting is one of the highlights of the year for fans, this year they’ll be harder to find.

Strict AELTC rules state that players – and their small entourage – will stay in a bio-secure hotel in central London, travel to the pitch by private transport, and stay in bubbles.

The rules apply even if players live nearby, like Johanna Konta, the British No.1. “We’re staying in the middle of London so it’s going to be pretty interesting what it’s going to look like from Westminster to Wimbledon,” she said. PA Media this week.

“I’m not sure everyone who booked where the hotel is located knew the route. It will be interesting to walk past my house every day on the way to Wimbledon, but the bottom line is that Wimbledon will be happening and the fans will be able to come and people will be able to enjoy it again, both in person and on TV.

Joanna Doniger of Tennis London, which rents Wimbledon homes to stars as their owners temporarily move to cash in lucrative rentals, said: “There will be no celebrity scouting. They will all be in blackened cars “

As for rentals, she said, “We’re down two-thirds. It’s not great. But last year it was nothing. Roll on 2022. “

No large properties have been rented this year, although international media have picked up on smaller properties, with social distancing meaning that there is often only one person on a property, she said. .

Gone, too, is the queue, where fans camp out to get last-minute tickets. Replaced with a virtual queue, ticket holders now have to prove they are vaccinated or are Covid-free, which will reduce ticket touts who usually line routes between train and metro stations and the club.

At the Rose and Crown, a pretty former 17th-century coaching inn in the heart of Wimbledon Village, tennis will be screened, food and cocktails served in its bars and large garden, and owner Nicky Green is keeping her fingers crossed. “We’ll see what happens. Let’s say it will be better than last year. We still have table reservations. No vertical consumption, but we will have appointments as long as people check in there. ‘NHS application.’

The cocktail menu includes a special strawberry gin spritz, with gin distilled by Wimbledon sponsor Sipsmith from strawberries grown for Wimbledon last year, which would otherwise have been wasted when the tournament was called off. “We will serve this. Hopefully there are many, ”she said.

Jacopo Filippone, manager of Sticks ‘n’ Sushi, a Japanese-Danish restaurant near Wimbledon station, said: “I hope we get some good deals. Let’s see. “In addition to the on-site dinner, fans can buy a takeout en route to AELTC.” Fish on the grass, “the restaurant’s promotional display reads.” Wimbledon is still on. a great thing for us, “Filippone said.” So yes. We are pleased.”

With restrictions still in place, it is not yet clear what this means for “Henman Hill” inside the park. Fans, however, can enjoy their own virtual hill from the comfort of their living room as part of the Wimbledon at Home online experience.

A Wimbledon Virtual hill allows fans around the world to take a seat, create and dress their avatar, and compete for prizes throughout the fortnight. “The aspiration is to extend the unique sense of camaraderie that exists on Wimbledon Hill beyond the borders of our grounds and in so doing help attract an audience beyond tennis,” said the club.

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San Diegans flooding restaurants and bars the first weekend since the state reopened – NBC 7 San Diego

San Diegan residents are going out in groups as the town’s restaurants, bars and brasseries are now fully open.

“We’re starting to see, especially this week, a lot more foot traffic,” said Kenon Nibbs, CEO of Burgeon at the Arbor. “People definitely take off the mask, have a lot of fun and go back there.”

For many, this is a glimpse of what life was like before COVID-19.

“It reminds me of how things were maybe a year or two ago, before the pandemic,” said Gumi Sethi, a tourist from San Diego.

For companies like Burgeon at the Arbor, a brewery, this is a sign of relief.

“I am ecstatic,” Nibbs said. “I can’t wait to come in, shake hands, kiss babies, have a beer with people. This is what we are eager to do.

The Little Italy brewery opened just two months ago, after being delayed for nearly a year due to the pandemic.

“Starting to open during the pandemic is certainly difficult, but we’ve seen a great response so far and we’re really excited because you can see things are going really well,” Nibbs said.

At Ballast Point, in Miramar, things are also getting ready.

“I feel like the floodgates have kind of opened,” said Kayla Petitte, director of retail operations for Ballast Point. “We see more and more people. “

There are people who get together with friends.

“It will be good to get together with people you have been with all the time,” said Chad Mediate, a resident of San Diego.

Lots of sharing experiences together.

“[I am] really excited to see a Padres game for the first time in a long time, ”said Sethi.

Making up for lost time after a long year of limited pandemic life.

June 15, 2021 marked the full reopening of California – including San Diego County – meaning the state’s color-coded tiered system has been removed and pandemic-era restrictions have been removed. been modified.

June 15, 2021 marks the full reopening of California – including San Diego County – meaning the state’s color-coded tiered system will be removed and pandemic-era restrictions will change, reports NBC’s Rory Devine 7.

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