A Saratoga Springs pub added “Cuomo Chips” to the menu after Governor Andrew Cuomo imposed a new restaurant coronavirus restriction that purchases of alcohol include food.
Cuomo had complained on Thursday that some restaurants had turned into crowded open-air standing bars where mask and social distancing rules were ignored. He also wants soaked guests to be seated. He plans to apply a three-warning rule that could cost violators their liquor license.
In downtown Saratoga, Harvey’s Irish pub owner Matthew Bagely says he’s complying with the new rule by selling Cuomo chips to customers who don’t want a full meal, WRGB-TV reported.
“I mean why not, it’s his tokens, it’s his rule, so he might as well get some recognition and recognition for another little hurdle that we have to get over as business owners,” Bagely said. at the station, referring to the governor. .
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A photo of a tab shows that a bag of Cuomo chips will set you back a dollar plus sales tax – some of which goes to New York state coffers.
Cuomo’s senior adviser Rich Azzopardi said Friday that Harvey’s crisps did not violate the governor’s dietary requirement rule, according to the New York Post.
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“It’s consistent with the advice – but you have to be seated,” said Azzopardi.
Begley said Friday that he respects the coronavirus restrictions on food and alcohol and is not trying to make a political statement.
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Begley has another worry besides the pandemic which is going to impact business.
Saratoga is New York’s summer venue for horse racing, but due to this year’s pandemic, the competition opened on Thursday without fans being allowed to attend the races.