Fed-Up NYC Restaurant Owners to Cuomo: You’re Banned!
NYC restaurant owners are fed up with Governor Cuomo’s string of COVID restrictions, and they are pushing back. After months of adapting to a range of rules and restrictions from mandated closings to requiring cocktail customers to order food, restaurant owners are exhausted, burnt out, and dropping like flies.
One Staten Island bar owner inspired thousands of people to push back with a protest outside of his establishment. Other protests have taken place since then, to no avail- Cuomo refuses to relent on his restrictions. In fact, he doubled down.
“You should be grateful,” Governor Cuomo said in a press conference message to restaurant owners when asked about their concerns for their livelihoods. He explained that unless the trajectory changes, restaurants will shut down entirely, instead of just banning indoor dining.
Currently, NYC restaurants are open for outside dining only.
This means their customers must either enjoy the invigorating winter temps and overlook a little frostbite, or restaurant owners must turn the outside, into an inside of sorts.
Just a few moments later, in the same press conference, Cuomo explained that an overwhelming amount of new COVID cases are originating from private indoor social gatherings. Staying home and inviting friends over, he says, is a problem.
With indoor social spots closed, and frigid outdoor temperatures, this leaves New Yorkers who refuse to allow isolation rule their lives no option other than to host their own gatherings – which appears to contradict Cuomo’s rationale.
The conflict in his policies vs. his data seems clear to restaurant owners, though, and they are over it. According to a post in the Coney Island Blog today, NYC restaurant owners came together to permanently ban Cuomo from their premises.
It’s a not-so-subtle middle finger to the Governor.
Comments in various Facebook Groups reflect mixed feelings about other forms of protest. The fear of losing liquor licenses or receiving health code violations is an effective threat for many. Others appear tempted to take that chance.
A California restaurant owner may inspire other frustrated Americans with her lawsuit against Governor Newsom. Angela Marsden is the owner of the Pineapple Hill Saloon and Grill in Sherman Oaks California. Her frustrated video went viral as she explained that Newsom allowed a Hollywood film crew to open up an outdoor dining area for its crew right next to where her restaurant sits empty, because Newsom demanded she close.
In the media this week, Governor Cuomo proudly declared that Santa will be good to him this year, because he’s worked so hard.
Time will tell if that prediction rings true, or if restaurant owners and other angry New Yorkers will make sure all Cuomo gets is a lump of coal.