Of COVID Refunds, Rebates, Curfews and Such

Restaurant owners out in California have initiated formal requests for rebates on funds they’ve paid to the state, county or municipality for permits, liquor fees, etc. since they have not been legally able to operate. Currently, most restaurants in the state are limited to 25% of capacity, and even under the best of COVID circumstances,…

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Cuomo Extends Commercial Eviction Ban

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has again extended the expiration date of a statewide commercial eviction and foreclosure moratorium until the New Year 2021. This latest extension – now valid until January 1 at the earliest – is the fourth that Cuomo has authorized since the moratorium was first imposed back on March 20 when…

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Cuomo Giveth and de Blasio Taketh Away?

Or is it the other way around? Either way, as they wrestle with their competing God complexes, it’s the private business owners in the Big Apple that are suffering. Just a few days after New York City restaurants were allowed to begin a (very) limited reopening process (25% indoor capacity), New York Mayor de Blasio…

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At Long Last, New York City Opening, sort of

It would appear that Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio are finally prepared to let New York City open – to some extent. Wednesday, NYC restaurants were allowed to open indoor dining to 25 percent of capacity. That said, there are plenty of new regulations they must perform to comply with the city…

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Miscellaneous

The economic havoc the pandemic shutdowns are wreaking across the country is being measured by a host of different metrics. This week a new survey, released by the New York Hospitality Alliance and reporting on 450 respondents from the alliance’s 2500 members, underscores the severity. As reported in the New York Times, 9 out of…

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Competitor News

Krispy Kreme announced this week that the company’s new flagship store in New York’s  Times Square is slated to open on September 15. The store was originally scheduled to open back in June of 2019, but that opening was delayed for months until May of this year when the coronavirus pandemic pushed it off further.…

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Paying for the Pandemic in Cities

City governments are constantly lamenting the loss of tax and other revenues and are now mapping plans to restore their revenue streams whether there’s more federal money or not. Too often, that means increased taxes for the business community.  As a case in point, amid widespread opposition, the DC Council preliminarily approved a FY21 budget…

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De Blasio Signs Business Relief Package

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio this week signed a small business relief package that the New York City Council approved just last week. The package, which consists of seven different bills, includes legislation that imposes limits on third-party delivery services, extends the suspension of sidewalk café fee collection and protects commercial tenants from…

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Chicago Wants Food Delivery Transparency

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot this week announced new rules governing third-party food delivery platforms operating within the Windy City. Effective next Friday, May 22, all delivery platforms will be required to disclose full itemized costs to customers BEFORE purchase and again of the customer receipt. The disclosure, which will apply to Uber Eats, Grubhub, Postmates…

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Bookend Cities Flex Their Muscle

Notwithstanding the unprecedented challenges that small businesses across the country have faced and will continue to confront as we (hopefully) come out of the coronavirus crisis over the next few months, municipal officials from the east coast to the west continue to dictate to businesses how they should be run, who they should employ and…

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