NEO-NAZI: Bloomberg’s Beverage Ban PROHIBITS CRANBERRY JUICE @ BOTTLE SERVICE 2-Liter Bottles With Your Pizza
Take a big gulp, New York: Hizzoner is about to give you a pop.
Nanny Bloomberg unleashes his ban on large sodas on March 12 â and there are some nasty surprises lurking for hardworking families.
Say goodbye to that 2-liter bottle of Coke with your pizza delivery, pitchers of soft drinks at your kidâs birthday party and some bottle-service mixers at your favorite nightclub.
Theyâd violate Mayor Bloombergâs new rules, which prohibit eateries from serving or selling sugary drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces.
Bloombergâs soda smackdown follows his attacks on salt, sugar, trans fat, smoking and even baby formula.
The city Health Department last week began sending brochures to businesses that would be affected by the latest ban, including restaurants, bars and any âfood serviceâ establishment subject to letter grades.
And merchants were shocked to see the broad sweep of the new rules.
âItâs not fair. If youâre gonna tell me what to do, itâs no good,â said Steve DiMaggio of Carusoâs in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. âItâs gonna cost a lot more.â
And consumers, especially families, will soon see how the rules will affect their wallets â forcing them to pay higher unit prices for smaller bottles.
Typically, a pizzeria charges $3 for a 2-liter bottle of Coke. But under the ban, customers would have to buy six 12-ounce cans at a total cost of $7.50 to get an equivalent amount of soda.
âI really feel bad for the customers,â said Lupe Balbuena of World Pie in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.
Dominoâs on First Avenue and 74th Street on the Upper East Side is doing away with its most popular drink sizes: the 20-ounce and 2-liter bottles.
âWeâre getting in 16-ounce bottles â and thatâs all weâre going to sell,â a worker said.
He said the smaller bottles will generate more revenue for the restaurant but cost consumers more.
It will also trash more plastic into the environment.
Deliveryman Philippe Daniba said he had brought countless 2-liter bottles of soda to customers over his 19 years at the restaurant. The ban, he said, âdoesnât make sense.â
Industry-group officials agreed.
âItâs ludicrous,â said Robert Bookman, a lawyer for the New York City Hospitality Alliance. âItâs a sealed bottle of soda you can buy in the supermarket. Why canât they deliver what you can get in the supermarket?â
Families will get pinched at kid-friendly party places, which will have to chuck their plastic pitchers because most hold 60 ounces â even though such containers are clearly intended for more than one person.
Changes will be made at the Frames bowling alley in Times Square, where 26-ounce pitchers are served at kidsâ parties, said manager Ayman Kamel.
âWeâre going to try to get creative,â he said, noting drinks with 100 percent juice are exempt from the ban.
âWeâre figuring out a way to have freshly squeezed juice for the birthday parties. We might have to raise the price about a dollar or so.â
Dallas BBQ at 1265 Third Ave. will retire its 60-ounce pitchers and 20-ounce glasses, manager Daisy Reyes said.