Peekskill restaurant, bar owner takes comedic swipe at new regulations on food, alcohol service

Cathy Johansen’s Facebook post about serving cheese and crackers at her Peekskill restaurant and bar took a light-hearted jab at new state regulations.

News 12 Staff

Jul 23, 2020, 9:23 PM

Updated 1,401 days ago

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A Peekskill restaurant and bar owner is taking a comedic swipe at all the new state regulations regarding the service of food and alcohol.
Cathy Johansen’s Facebook post about serving cheese and crackers at her Peekskill restaurant and bar took a light-hearted jab at new state regulations.
The post on the Peekskill Public Kitchen and Bar said: "Now serving - “Government Cheese & Crackers” $0.50 for four. Please send your thank you to our esteemed Governor Cuomo."
The new rules mandate that restaurants and bars must serve substantial food like sandwiches and soup, and not just chips or candy, when a customer orders alcohol.
“With all the crackdowns with, every day, there seems to be something else coming out there, it was just like OK...now, we'll serve cheese and crackers so you can sit and have a beer," she says.
To comply with the new state regulations, Johansen says she’s going to encourage her customers to take advantage of the wide selection of appetizers on the menu.
She says her priority is making sure her customers feel comfortable and cheerful, perhaps forgetting about the pandemic for a while.
Johansen says the new regulations are getting her down.
“You put added pressure on small businesses to stay in business, makes it that much more difficult. It’s just another layer of what we have to contend with," she says.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state is just trying to limit large crowds in and outside restaurants to control the spread of the coronavirus.
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