Most New Yorkers are happy with the plan of New York Governor Kathy Hochul to make to-go alcoholic beverages a regular revenue stream for bars and restaurants.
Sources said takeout cocktails proved popular and provided a lifeline for many Empire State eateries during the height of the COVID crisis.
“Who would have thought that this would be the most popular item in my entire budget?” Hochul said.
“We’ve got all these great projects, but the one thing that went viral was to-go drinks. You gotta love New York, right?,” Hochul added.
Based on Hochul’s plan, food purchases would not be necessary, and open container laws would remain in effect.
Hochul said the types of drinks or whether bottled wine would be available would be determined by the State Liquor Authority.
This early, NY restaurant owners are in full support of the proposal of Hochul.
“New York’s restaurant industry has been devastated by the pandemic,” Andrew Rigie, the executive director of the NYC Hospitality Alliance said.
“That’s why … it’s necessary to reinstate the popular drinks-to-go policy that provides struggling businesses an important revenue stream while giving New Yorkers what they want, which is wine and cocktails for takeout and delivery from their favorite restaurants and bars,” Rigie added.