A Fox Business report has noted 92 percent of New York City restaurants could not pay their rent in December. The pandemic’s strict lockdowns in the city have led to widespread business closures, with many remaining locations in desperate need of help.
The Barstool Fund set up by Dave Portnoy of Barstool Sports has stepped in to provide some relief, recognizing the demoralizing effects of long-term closures across the country. To date the Barstool Fund has raised over $35 million for struggling restaurants. However, the most helpful change would be a change in policy, reopening dining for business leaders to once again earn a living.
When you can only have outdoor dining in subzero New York temperatures, the city cannot expect its businesses to survive. The Barstool Fund’s $35 million to help these struggling business owners and their employees, but not enough to sustain the needs of city numerous restaurants.
Maybe the situation would look different if Mayor Bill de Blasio or Governor Andrew Cuomo had to stop taking a salary until restaurants reopened. Then they would discover COVID-19 is only one of many problems facing citizens. They not only need health; they need help, starting with the immediate reopening of businesses without restrictions.
Check out this interview Portnoy did with Fox News on the dire state of restaurants in places run by Democrat overlords like Cuomo.