Monday, August 17, 2020

Hoboken pushing restaurants toward survival

A plan for Hoboken restaurants to gain traction with expanded outdoor seating is proposed through 2021.

According to the report on Hudson County View, the likelihood of such a plan is proposed at this week's City Council meeting by City Council President Jen Giattino and Second Ward Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher.

“The business recovery programs have added a lot of value to Hoboken businesses and to our residents as well,” said Giattino, the council president and 6th Ward representative
“It is important that we are constantly assessing what more we can do and when our businesses asked us if we could extend the term of the programs now, it was an easy ‘yes.’”
A photo of Manhattan shows streets empty of people and business activity. Hoboken is trying to find ways to give its local restaurants a fighting chance.

Talking Ed Note: With the Big Apple across the river approaching ever more dire circumstances, Hoboken businesses need every opportunity they can get. A New Yorker bemoans the descent of the city with the mass exodus of people and business closures noting several of his favorite eateries are dead and the so is New York City, forever. 
“My favorite restaurant is closed for good. OK, let’s go to my second favorite. Closed for good. Third favorite, closed for good,” he wrote. “I thought the PPP was supposed to help. No? What about emergency relief? No. Stimulus checks? Unemployment? No and no. OK, my fourth favorite, or what about that place I always ordered delivery from? No and no.”
The data support him. According to Yelp, 60% of restaurants around the U.S. have closed for good. Altucher puts the percentage much higher in New York City.