The state’s commercial eviction moratorium has been extended until August 31
Restaurants, bars, and other small businesses in New York state are now protected from eviction through August 31, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday. Under the legislation, business owners with fewer than 50 employees cannot be evicted, so long as they provide documentation that they have faced financial hardship during the pandemic.
This is at least the seventh time the governor has extended the state’s temporary eviction moratorium since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020. The latest round of protections expired on May 1, although a nationwide moratorium on evictions issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention remains in place until June 30.
The pause on evictions comes at a time when New York and neighboring states are rolling back restrictions on businesses. Cuomo announced this week that restaurants, bars, and other businesses can reopen at full capacity on May 19, while the state’s midnight curfew is set to end for outdoor and indoor dining on May 17 and 31, respectively.
Officials are banking on this being “the summer of New York City,” but even with a comeback on the horizon, experts say a full economic recovery for restaurants and bars could take months or even years. As recently as December, more than 90 percent of the city’s restaurants and bars could not pay their full rent, according to a survey from the NYC Hospitality Alliance.
In other news
— Emily in Clinton Hill is getting into the breakfast game. Beginning in March, the popular burger and pizza restaurant started serving breakfast tacos and burritos stuffed with bacon, sausage, and french fries. The restaurant’s Emmy Burger is also available starting at 8 a.m., according to co-owner Matt Hyland.
— Brooklyn-based ice cream brand Dre’s Desserts is selling pints of prosecco sorbet and other boozy desserts ahead of Mother’s Day ($10 for a pint, $13 for a spiked pint). Weekend delivery available to Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.
— Chef Jacques Pépin will lead an hour-long class on knife and cooking skills on May 14 to raise money for his eponymous foundation. Tickets to the digital, hour-long event are available through Eventbrite.
— Jackson Heights sushi counter Sushi On Me will serve a 15-course omakase from May 17 to 22 with a live jazz accompaniment, priced at $125. Call the restaurant at (929) 268-5691 for reservations.
— In addition to an all-star cast of IPAs, Finback Brewery is now selling pan-fried dumplings at its Brooklyn taproom from Thursday to Saturday.
— Gov. Phil Murphy will buy you a beer if you get your first vaccine dose in New Jersey this month.
— Grub Street critic Adam Platt heads back indoors this week.
— News moves fast: