New York City is home to over 18,000 restaurants that employ over 225,000 people. These thousands of neighborhood delis, bodegas, cafes, and mom-and-pop restaurants are the heartbeat of New York's vibrant neighborhoods and local economy.
Yet, every year the small business owners who own and operate these establishments are faced with new challenges – from intrusive regulations to excessive fines – that threaten their ability to survive.
The Restaurant Action Alliance NYC is a grassroots coalition of over 2,500 neighborhood restaurants across New York City who have come together to have a voice at City Hall and make positive change.
Together, with a coalition of labor, business, and community leaders, the 1,000 member strong Restaurant Action Alliance NYC is working to stop unfair regulations that target small restaurants and push for smart alternative that help our City and economy grow.
Restaurant Owners Protest NYC Foam Containers Ban The Associated Press (NY), By Beth McKernan June 13, 2013
“A proposal to eliminate plastic foam takeout containers in New York City was met with criticism Wednesday by restaurateurs who said a ban on the ubiquitous containers would drive up costs and potentially put them out of business. Around 40 opponents bearing signs reading ‘Put a lid on it NYC’ rallied on the steps of City Hall before a City Council meeting in which the ban on polystyrene foam containers was introduced.”
Food Industry Rallies Against Proposed NYC Foam Container Ban; Quinn Sees Measure Passing CBS News (NY) June 12, 2013
“City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. suggested recycling the containers instead. ‘Before we end these 1,500 jobs, before we double the cost, let’s try recycling. Is that too much to ask? I’m an environmentalist, I’m also a reasonable person and a business person. And I say let’s not cut these jobs, let’s not double the costs, let’s not hurt our economy right now,’ Vallone Jr. said.”
Some restaurant owners “foam”-ing mad at Bloomberg’s latest initiative New York Business Journal (New York, NY) June 13, 2013
“In short, Gothamist said, unlike San Francisco, Seattle, and other cities where a ban has been successfully in place, New York doesn’t yet have the capacity to recycle or compost all potential replacement containers, which means that banning foam would simply force companies to use a more expensive piece of future trash to hold food.”
Potential Polystyrene Ban Worries Bronx Restaurant Owners Epoch Times August 31, 2013
“NEW YORK—Legislation that would ban the use of polystyrene packaging (Styrofoam) in New York City restaurants has worried some small business owners in the Bronx, who say they are already under a lot of financial pressure.”