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Some NYC Restaurants Report a 30 Percent Drop in Sales After New Dining Curfew

Plus, NYC’s tourism industry might not fully recover until 2025 — and more intel

Tables and chairs locked up are left on under an outdoor dining tent at Cafe Luxembourg on November 13, 2020 in New York City. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced earlier in the week that Friday November 13th was the first day that restaurants and bars that sold liquor were required to close by 10PM. Previously, restaurants in New York City were forced to close outdoor dining at 11 p.m. and indoor dining at 12 a.m
NYC’s restaurant curfew went into effect on Friday
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NYC restaurants report sales dips in the wake of new curfew

It’s been four days since Gov. Andrew Cuomo instated a new 10 p.m. curfew on outdoor and indoor dining in New York, and restaurants are already reporting significant sales dips and customer backlash from the new regulation.

According to the New York Post, sushi spot Kissaki saw a 30 percent drop in sales at its locations over the past weekend. Clubby chain Tao Group and restaurateur James Mallios of Midtown restaurant Amali and Rockaways spot Bar Marseille both reported similar drops in revenue. Due to the 10 p.m. cutoff time, restaurants have been forced to stop taking reservations as early as 8 p.m., operators say, and they aren’t allowing customers to linger past curfew due to the potential $10,000 fines. “We try to be hospitable but it’s like we are herding people out,” an UWS restaurateur from e’s BAR told the Post.

Cuomo announced the new guidelines last week, following in the footsteps of multiple neighboring states that have also put late-night dining curfews in place. Under the curfew’s rules, any business with a liquor license must shut down indoor and outdoor dining at 10 p.m. Takeout and delivery for food can continue past that time, but alcohol sales are banned.

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