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We marched on City Hall September 14th, with restaurant and bar workers from across NYC demanding that our voices be heard.  We marched again on September 28th, towards Governor Cuomo's NYC office, louder and en masse, asking that our elected officials use their influence to push through the Restaurants Act (now the Heroes Act).  A few days later, Governor Cuomo publicly announced support in urging congress to pass this relief package.  

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Our voices helped move the conversation in a positive direction. We need Congress to now pass the Heroes Act.  

We're still pushing to open indoor dining to 50% now and 100% by Thanksgiving to give our restaurants and bars a chance to survive the colder months.  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. 


NY Post - NYC Eatery Workers Carry White Coffin to Governor Cuomo's Office

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

Grit Daily - NYC Restaurant Owners and Staff March to Demand Gov Cuomo Ease Dining Rules Ahead of Winter 

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