NEW YORK – There could be far fewer restaurants in New York City due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A grim new report claims 63.6% of all restaurants in the state could close permanently by the end of the year without a full relief program.
The New York State Restaurant Association (NYSRA) surveyed 1,042 restaurant owners across the state.
The investigation found that the New York State restaurant industry struggles to exist without some form of state or federal financial assistance.
The survey found that only 36.4% of restaurants said they would likely or somewhat likely stay open.
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Among those expected to close, 54.8% will be forced to close their doors before November.
“It is painfully clear that without financial assistance, New York State’s restaurant industry could collapse,” Melissa Fleischut, president and CEO of the association, said in a statement. “These recent survey results illustrate how dire the financial situation has become for most restaurants and show how essential it is for elected officials to understand the urgency of the situation.
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The findings follow an August NYSRA survey that found that 89.7% of New York restaurateurs say their establishments would be very or unlikely to be profitable in the next six months.
NYSRA members are calling for a federal and state relief program to help keep these important community resources viable and keep people employed.
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