NYC steakhouse owner says he lost millions in business due to city’s vaccine mandate


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Bobby Van’s Steakhouse Owner Joseph Smith Blames Mayor De Blasio

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A New York City steakhouse owner discussed the adverse economic impact of the city’s coronavirus vaccine mandate, noting that he lost nearly two million dollars in business because of the need.

Joseph Smith, owner of Bobby Van’s Steakhouse, told “Warney & Company.” on Monday that over the past six weeks, it lost $1.8 million in bookings across all of its restaurants.


The vaccine mandate officially went into effect on August 17.

Smith told host Stuart Verne that, since the announcement, several large parties of about 50 people, mainly from out-of-state, canceled their reservations citing the fact that some of the group’s people Didn’t want to get vaccinated and, therefore, didn’t want to come to New York City.

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“So we lost business with them,” he said before blaming New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for the lost revenue.

Last month, a group of New York restaurant and gym owners filed suit against New York City and Mayor de Blasio over the city’s vaccine requirements.

De Blasio issued an executive order requiring patrons and employees of indoor restaurants, fitness and entertainment facilities to show proof of vaccination with a paper certificate provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the state of New York.Excelsior” Pass App The outgoing government on the concerns of the Delta version championed by Andrew Cuomo.

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NS court case, led by Independent Restaurant Owners Association Rescue and filed in the New York Supreme Court, condemns the city’s vaccine mandate for indoor restaurants as “arbitrary, irrationally unscientific and illegal.”

The lawsuit notes that a study released by the state of New York based on data for September and November of 2020 found that 74% The cases of COVID-19 stemmed from home gatherings, while only 1.4% stemmed from restaurants.

Attorney Louis Gelormino, representing the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, told Granthshala News that the mandate is “unconstitutional on many levels.”

Gelormino claimed that the mandate violates Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) laws, privacy laws, civil defense laws, commerce laws, etc.

A spokesman for de Blasio did not immediately respond to Granthshala Business’s request for comment.

However, his executive order points to a Yale University Studies It found that New York City’s “vaccination campaign” has helped prevent “250,000 COVID-19 cases, 44,000 hospitalizations, and 8,300 deaths from COVID-19 infection since the introduction of vaccination as of July 1, 2021.”

In a statement last month, de Blasio said, “New York City has one mission: to defeat the Delta variant and build a recovery for all of us.”

“The key to NYC sends a powerful message that vaccination will unlock the potential of our city, and we will stop at nothing to save lives and keep New Yorkers safe,” Mayer said.

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Smith noted that outdoor dining has been “a lifeline for many restaurants” during the pandemic, although he did not benefit from it given that most of his customers are businessmen.

“We are businessmen and businessmen and they don’t want to get on the bus or the truck [that] He is going [when they are] trying to talk business,” Smith told Varney. “But for 80% of the cityhandjob It’s been a lifeline.”

He stressed that outdoor seating “helps a lot,” but added, “it will help more if we don’t bring them outside with a vaccine card.”

Smith continued, “I lost $1.8 million in business, what about hotels? What about taxis? What about theaters? What about souvenir shops? Everyone lost.”

Granthshala Business’ Audrey Conklin contributed to this report.

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