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New York City Mayor Eric Adams Joins National Appeal to Replenish Federal Restaurant Revitalization Fund

New York City Mayor Eric Adams joined a nationwide group of elected officials calling on the federal government to replenish the national budget Restaurant Revitalization Fund, an emergency fund providing financial support to restaurants and bars hit hard by the pandemic. The Real Deal reports that the mayor signed a letter to Congress – alongside 27 other mayors, including of Chicago, San Francisco and Boston – pushing federal lawmakers to replenish the fund as restaurants face temporary closures and to business disruptions in light of new outbreaks of COVID-19 in their communities.

More than 100,000 restaurants and bars received an average of $ 272,000 each from the fund before it ran out last July, according to the Real Deal. However, more than 177,000 applicants were refused any financial support after the fund was exhausted. The majority of the funds that have been allocated to New York have gone to restaurants and bars in affluent neighborhoods, according to a state comptroller study that tracks the disbursement of the money. However, despite renewed calls to replenish the fund, it seems unlikely that the Biden administration will reserve significant financial aid for the industry.

Bodega owners rally for help as 15-minute grocery delivery services take control of town

A group called the Save Mom-and-Pop Business Coalition, representing bodega owners across town, gathered outside Stop 1 Deli on the Lower East Side over the weekend to call attention to the threat. displacement faced by small grocers. the flood of 15-minute grocery delivery services looming in Manhattan. Local politicians joined the rally to speak out against the proliferation of venture capital-backed services, including GoPuff and Gorillas, which grabbed real estate and built grocery warehouses behind dark storefronts. Bowery Boogie reports that the coalition calls on the local government to support bodega owners and to better regulate the use of dark storefronts by startups.

Sites add COVID-19 tests to menu

Offering COVID-19 testing to customers isn’t exactly easy due to the scarcity of supply and high demand, but for the lucky few who were able to switch it up, the service was another way to go. attract diners and stay afloat during the pandemic. Henrietta Hudson, one of the few lesbian bars in New York City, has partnered with a local testing clinic to provide clients with free rapid and PCR tests and the response has been overwhelming, Owner Lisa Cannistraci said Gothamist. The clinic bears the costs of the tests and the bar has distributed around 400 tests in “less than a week” since its inception. offer the service. Likewise, the urban wine chain City Winery began giving out rapid tests for free to customers during the latest wave of COVID-19 in the city, although it has since sold out and struggled to get more tests, according to Gothamist.

Sami’s Kabab House expands to Long Island City

Local astoria and New York Times-The beloved Afghan restaurant, Sami’s Kabab House, now has a smaller, quicker take-out counter at 47-38 Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City with around 10 tables for dining in the cramped space. Expect the same flame-grilled lamb chops ($ 26), sliced ​​from a whole lamb on the spot, chicken thigh skewers ($ 17), and rice as long as noodles. Owner and chef Sami Zaman will also be offering new LIC-exclusive specialties like kadu bouranee, a sweet pumpkin side dish, and Afghan-style fries seasoned with coriander seeds and grape seed powder, and packaged with a green chutney for dipping (flavored ketchup is coming soon). For the former street cart seller and taxi driver, this is the third branch of his growing family business with a full-service restaurant also in Glen Cove, Long Island. – Caroline Shin, Eater New York collaborator