Insider was told by the co-owner, Art Depole of Mooyah Burgers, Fries, and Shake that the establishment was not getting business from customers because of the mandate.
The restaurant industry, according to him, was unfairly targeted because it was “the easy target.”
Last week, a new rule was implemented in New York City requiring those eating at restaurants to show a vaccine passport.
Depole said he understood the reasoning of the mandate but in the same week, he estimated that his restaurant’s sales fell by 20-25%, particularly during the weekday lunch hour and the weekend.
Insider talked to restaurants that enforced vaccine mandates and discovered that some customers had left negative reviews and threatened to cause a scene because of the policy.
A vaccine mandate, according to Depole, was “very polarizing” compared to mask mandates in the past and, in response to the loss of business, he said he might raise prices in his restaurant.
According to Depole,
“We’re being singled out as someone who has to enforce this mandate while other large retailers aren’t having to go through the same type of requirements that we are to allow customers to enter.” [Read more…]