New York restaurants brace for another bleak winter, survey finds

New York restaurants brace for several months of declining sales as operators brace for another tough winter season. According to a new industry survey released by the New York State Restaurant Association, 67% of restaurant owners expect business conditions will not “return to normal” for at least a year, while 18% expect business conditions to “return to normal” for at least a year. of operators believe that business will never return to its former state. – pandemic levels in their restaurants. 85% of restaurateurs have seen a decline in the number of dining room customers due to the increase in COVID-19 cases resulting from the Delta variant. The survey was conducted in September 2021 and includes responses from 206 restaurateurs operating in the state.

The grim numbers describe the lingering challenges that restaurateurs will face for the foreseeable future. As the winter months approach, restaurants in New York will have to cope without access to propane heaters for alfresco dining; and the state’s take-out alcohol program, a useful lifeline for many businesses, which was canceled over the summer.

East Broadway Mall in Chinatown is at risk of closing

The decades-old East Broadway Mall in Manhattan’s Chinatown is at risk of closing permanently due to high rent and tax payments amid the ongoing pandemic, ABC7 reports. Many of the mall’s vendors, including restaurants and retail stores, have been hit hard by the crisis, forcing an avalanche of vacancies. Mall general manager Terry Chan, who advocates for the city to help the longtime space stay open, said that while the mall was once home to 80 mom-and-pop vendors, it now has just over 80 mum-and-pop vendors. 17 current tenants. Many businesses in New York’s Chinatown have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic due to anti-Asian violence and xenophobia in addition to economic devastation amid the public health crisis.

Crown Heights gets a new farm stand

Local politicians and Crown Heights community board members have come together to start a new farm stand in the neighborhood following the disputed temporary closure of the local Associated supermarket. The farm kiosk, located on Nostrand Avenue near Sullivan Place, will sell fresh fruit and vegetables on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

One of the city’s top coffee destinations sprawls into Manhattan

Bushwick Drip Coffee Makers may be a newcomer to the New York coffee scene, but owner Nigel Price quickly established a growing fan base that is fueling new locations at a… constant drip. The store opened a store in Brooklyn Heights about six months ago, and this week Drip posted a photo on Instagram announcing an upcoming Manhattan location at 75 Varick Street, between Watts and Canal Street, in Soho. The store is expected to open in November, according to the publication.

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