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In March, there was a shortage of toilet paper. In April, it was web cameras and desktop microphones. In June, the US had a supply problem with children's bicycles. Now, New York restaurants are enduring a heat lamp shortage.
25% indoor dining capacity is almost not worth it for restaurants in New York City. This limit is mandated by Governor Cuomo. The response by restaurant owners is to put patrons outside on the sidewalk. Fall is here and they need to be warm enough to enjoy their food. Supply goes down with high demand and yup, there go prices. Supply chain guys are annoying.
I was in Times Square ten years ago and marveled at the line wrapping around the block to get into Olive Garden. Tourists spent all that money to get to NYC, were surrounded by world class kitchens, and instead chose to wait for bread rolls and guests arguing about doing math or alfredo. We're rooting for you, NYC.