So many homes, small businesses, families and friends were devastated by Hurricane Sandy’s vicious winds, rain and flooding. Just one of the communities that was heavily tainted was NYC bar industry. In a city that’s so into food and drink, many of our beloved EV, LES and downtown bars and restaurants were forced to close their doors for over a week while some were sadly flooded.
Yet, in the spirit of resilience, the bar community has really come together since the storm to help with relief efforts. The USBG (United States Bartenders Guild) has spent many days helping to clean flooded restaurants and bars and have even hit devastated neighborhoods like Red Hook, Rockaways and Staten Island. And, many bars are opening up their doors to host fundraising benefits.