This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy is spotlighting New York City Hospitality. On the show is Mitch Banchik from Eat, Drink, & Be Merry Hospitality in New York; Rachel McGown from Boston Beer Company and Coney Island Brewery in Brooklyn, New York; and Andrew Rigie from the NYC Hospitality Alliance in New York. 

Rachel introduces Jimmy to Hops for Hospitality, an initiative through Coney Island Brewing that is running through May, aiming to give back to the NYC Hospitality Alliance and help revive the city. According to Andrew, restaurants and bars are at the core of recovery, and while he sees a light at the end of the tunnel, there is plenty more work to be done. 

Recapping this past year, Mitch highlights how essential the NYC Hospitality Alliance was in helping bills and laws get passed. The Alliance built credibility for the city, offering crucial information to hospitality workers while also enacting direct support from the government. 

Looking towards the future, the gang discusses how temporary successes such as outdoor dining can be turned into permanent additions to the city. After Andrew makes a great point about giving people a reason to come back, Jimmy asks each guest to shout out their favorite neighborhood doing big things at the moment. And finally, the gang reveals where they’re all headed to get their next beer.

Andrew Rigie of NYC Hospitality Alliance

Photo Courtesy of Andrew Rigie.

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