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Lady Gaga's dad rips Cuomo, de Blasio for ‘nothing burger’ indoor dining plan
Lady Gaga’s dad on NYC indoor dining return: Cuomo, de Blasio gave us a ‘nothing burger’
NYC restaurant owner and Lady Gaga’s dad Joe Germanotta on what indoor dining coming back means for his business.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio gave restaurant owners in the city “a great big nothing burger,” Lady Gaga’s father, a restaurant owner in Manhattan, told FOX Business on Thursday in reaction to the governor’s announcement the day before that restaurants may open for indoor dining at 25% capacity amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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Joe Germanotta, the owner of Joanne Trattoria on the Upper West Side, told Maria Bartiromo on “Morning’s with Maria” that he thinks 25% capacity “is not going to be enough,” not only for him but for other New York City restaurant owners.
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“It’s not going to carry them through the end of the year for sure,” he continued. “We don’t understand why 50% [capacity] is everywhere else.”
He then pointed out that the situation will create a “ripple effect throughout the city.”
“It’s going to be hard not only on us, but it affects our landlords, it affects our food purveyors, our costs are going to go up, from a food cost perspective,” Germanotta explained. “I can’t bring back more employees. I’m probably going to have to raise prices again.”
He acknowledged that “the health is definitely an issue” and that restaurant owners “do understand that,” but “we have to have a chance to survive.”
Germanotta joined other restaurant owners who are suing Cuomo and de Blasio over the city's mandated dining restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.