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NYC Slaps 14 Businesses With $1,000 Fines for Violating Vaccine Mandate

Plus, seafood hotspot Dame is no longer operating on the weekend — and more intel

A woman waits to go in a restaurant in New York CIty, where you have to show proof of having a Covid-19 vaccination to participate in indoor dining.
A vaccination mandate sign at a restaurant on the Upper West Side.
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NYC has fined 14 businesses so far for not following the city’s newly instated vaccine mandate, the New York Post reports. According to city data, 6,760 businesses have received warnings about failing to enforce the mandate, and 14 have been slapped with $1,000 fines for noncompliance. Over 27,500 businesses have been inspected since enforcement of the mandate first went into effect on September 13. The city declined to provide the names of the violating businesses to the Post.

In a first-of-its-kind mandate in the U.S., Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in August that city business including restaurants, bars, museums, and gyms needed to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination from patrons in order to operate indoors. Other U.S. cities including Seattle and Los Angeles have since enacted similar pieces of legislation in an effort to help boost vaccination rates and curb the spread of COVID-19. The majority of businesses in NYC appear to be complying with the mandate, although enforcement has at times sparked controversy.

Noho’s Temple Bar comes back to life

The Temple Bar in Noho, a nearly 20-year-old favorite that attracted a glitzy downtown scene before closing on New Year’s Eve in 2017, is undergoing a revival, according to the New York Times. The restaurateurs behind Flatiron fine dining newcomer Sona and acclaimed cocktail den Attaboy have teamed up to lead the reopening, which is set for October 12. Former Dead Rabbit fixture Samantha Casuga is the head bartender at the new spot.

Crop Circle owner sets sights on a Four Seasons revival

Olivia Wang, the 29-year-old restaurateur behind fast-casual hit Crop Circle and Meno near Washington Square Park, tells the New York Post that, for her next act, she’s planning to recreate storied Manhattan dining destination the Four Seasons. Wang signed a lease at luxury Midtown residential building the Centrale to start building out the space, and plans to call the spot “The Four Seasons-New American Restaurant.”

One of the hottest restaurants in town is taking the weekends off

Lauded seafood hotspot Dame is saying “no, thanks” to what is generally the busiest night of the week for NYC dining. Owners Patricia Howard and Ed Szymanski announced on Instagram that Dame would be adjusting its hours to open on Mondays — and shut down to the public on Saturdays — starting November 1. Mondays will be walk-ins only, according to the announcement, while Saturdays will be available only for private events. Reservations will still be taken Tuesday through Friday.

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