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We marched on City Hall Monday, 9/14 at 9am, with restaurant and bar workers from across NYC demanding that our voices be heard.  

WE ARE MARCHING AGAIN, Monday, 9/28 at 11am


Our voices helped move the conversation in a positive direction. Governor Cuomo decided to open indoor dining, at 25% occupancy, on Sept. 30th, unfortunately, this is not enough. Too little too late.  Outdoor dining expires on Oct. 31st and restaurants will close permanently under the posed restrictions with no government aid. We are asking for the following actions:

Congress, pass the Restaurants Act

Extend outdoor dining in NYC

Provide 50% indoor dining (like the rest of NYS has had since June)

25% indoor dining may have been helpful during the summer months, but now, with the weather turning cold, it's simply not enough for us to stay afloat.  Winter is coming and we do not have a comprehensive plan for independent restaurants.  It's been estimated that 2/3 of NYC restaurants will permanently close - that's your neighborhood bar, favorite date spot, where you spend time with your family and friends, all gone.

We are diverse, hard working, innovative, community-oriented citizens, relying on these jobs for our livelihoods. Most of us are 1st or 2nd generation immigrants. This is why we are marching - to feed our families, to honor the dreams of mom and pop businesses and to keep NYC alive.  

Governor Cuomo, you didn't bend the curve, you flattened it. Now, we need your help to push Congress to pass the bipartisan RESTAURANT Act of 2020.  With the science you have been relying on, allow 50% indoor dining by Oct 15;  75% by November 1 and 100% by Thanksgiving.

Meet Us Here - 330 E 38th

Bring your banners, wear your uniforms, whites, anything with your restaurant/bar logo to show where you work and what we're trying to save; our jobs, our restaurants, our families.

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Eater NY - NYC Restaurateurs Will March to Demand Expanded Indoor and Outdoor Dining Programs

NY Post - NYC Restaurant Industry to March on Governor Andrew Cuomo's Office

Bedford & Bowery - Dining Rooms Are Reopening and Outdoor Seating Is Extended, But Restaurateurs Feel Left Out in the Cold

CBS - Restaurant Workers Rally For Support, Say The Industry Needs More Help And Guidance To Save It

NBC - Rally Held in Manhattan to Save Struggling Restaurants

Fox Business - NYC restaurant owner: Restaurant job numbers will be ‘devastatingly less’ if we don’t get support

Fox Business - NYC restaurant owners protest indoor dining rules

News 12 - Restaurant owners rally outside City Hall demanding indoor dining capacity be increased to 50%

PIX 11 - Restaurant workers in NYC rally for support, guidance on indoor dining

Gothamist - The Return Of Indoor Dining Will Not Save NYC's Restaurant Industry

La Cucina Italiana - NYC Restaurants March Visits City Hall


Justin Aharoni