As small businesses, in general, have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, hospitality has been particularly devastated. About 80% of New York’s hospitality workforce has been either laid off or furloughed. As New York begins to take the slow steps to reopen, The New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) is working on a Restaurant Recovery Plan, through the Food & Beverage Industry Partnership team. They are seeking input from independent food and beverage operators to design this plan.
All operators of independent bars, restaurants, delis, bodegas, cafes, bakeries, etc. should fill out the SBS survey.
What types of services have you been able to provide, takeout? Delivery? Alcohol to go? meals for essential workers? Meal kits?
Help the city understand the intricacies of the neighborhood in which you operate. For example, would closing the streets to allow outdoor dining work? Providing more outdoor space is a key goal for the city as we enter the summer months. Allowing food and beverage establishments to utilize the space outside their doors without a permit is at the heart of this survey. Some establishments may want a host stand or waiting area, while others may want full outdoor dining.
In New York City, independent food and beverage establishments form the backbone of our communities. They are cultural institutions that provide jobs, food, and comfort. A New York City without these places is not a New York City at all. Hopefully, SBS, together with owners and operators can come together to work on a plan to save this vital industry. Please share this survey with your customers, friends, and partners in the food and beverage industry.
As an additional resource, for more guidance and support, please visit the SBS Covid-19 Citywide Information portal