Bushwick is preparing to return to-go drinks: Bushwick Daily

Bushwick is preparing to return to-go drinks: Bushwick Daily

Yesterday, during her State of the State speech, Gov. Kathy Hochul promised the return of the to-go beverage program, which was in place during much of the pandemic before it expired in June 2021.

“We… want to do something bars and restaurants have asked… to allow the sale of to-go drinks again – a critical revenue stream in the lean times of last year. Cheers, New York, ”Governor Hochul said during his speech.

Although the proposal still has to pass through the democratically controlled state legislature, both Bushwick’s bars and drinkers are already getting excited, while environmentalists in the neighborhood are expressing solutions to minimize the amount of disposable plastic waste it will potentially create.

“We closed one day in March 2020,” replied Pearl’s Social and Billy Club, located on the corner of St. Nicholas Avenue and Starr Street. “As soon as the city announced the legalization of to-go drinks, we were back at it. We went viral for our 32 oz to-go margaritas, all of which came with a free roll of toilet paper (because people hoarded it in the beginning of Pandemic) .We hope that the new legalization of to-go drinks will help our industry and help us to survive this difficult winter.And in return we will live another day, support our amazing staff and pay it on to our incredible community. ”

Already, bars in and around the neighborhood are setting their to-go drink menus. The Bad Old Days, over in Ridgewood, told the Bushwick Daily that it will offer a chipotle paloma, made with chipotle-infused tequila. Dromedar Urban Tiki Bar, located at 266 Irving Ave., wrote in its Instagram story that it will offer a wide range of to-go options, including its celery and soda, which is made from scotch, fresh celery juice, lime and ginger beer.

The Myrtle Pub, on Myrtle Avenue near Seneca Avenue, is pleased to offer the spicy hibiscus margarita that the bar told the Bushwick Daily “will warm you up in all kinds of weather.” And speaking of drinks to warm you up, 101 Wilson, which is located on – you guessed it – 101 Wilson Ave. – informed the Bushwick Daily that it will have “mezcal hot coco, our bid for a hot toddy and a few other hot drink specialties to keep you warm as you sail through Bushwick!”

Meanwhile, Nicole De Santis, leader of the Clean Bushwick Initiative, expressed some concerns shared by many regarding the potential environmental impact of bringing back to-go drinks.

“If you’re a bar or restaurant that wants to make drinks to-go … I hope you will also consider the extreme amount of disposable waste / waste that this can potentially create! I hope you will encourage guests to bring their own cups and offer discounts to do so.… Consider adding extra containers outside your business to minimize waste, ”De Santis wrote on Instagram.

The good news is that many bars in the area are already taking steps to minimize their potential one-time footprints.

Dromedar told the Bushwick Daily that it puts all of its to-go drinks in biodegradable corn cups, while Myrtle Pub said it also recently ordered eco-friendly to-go cups. Likewise, The Bad Old Days offers a $ 1 discount on all to-go mixed drinks for people who bring their own cups.

De Santis also advised that bars and restaurants should consider partnering with Cup Zero, a local service that regularly delivers recyclable cups for events, festivals, venues and more.

Featured image: Last year at Pearl’s. Taken by Matt Fink.

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