Restaurants lobby to keep booze on take-out, outdoor menus

Restaurants are hoping that two pandemic-era rules will stick around to bolster their businesses for the long term.

The ability to put alcoholic drinks on the to-go menu and to serve booze in the city’s new outdoor dining areas were created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo by the same executive order that first closed restaurants in March of 2020.

Though restaurants can welcome guests at full capacity beginning tomorrow, they still worry that a revenue stream they have come to rely on could disappear in an instant if the state legislature, the governor or the federal government ends the disaster emergency.

“Outdoor dining has been a

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