NEW YORK — New York’s new mayor said Wednesday that he is seeking to ban restaurants and bars that serve alcoholic beverages and bars, but will allow people to eat food outside of those establishments.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has made it a top priority to ban all bars and eateries that serve liquor and that allow alcohol to be served, but he is also looking to expand his vision beyond that.
The mayor’s office said he is calling for bars and clubs to be required to close their doors by 10 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
He has also proposed requiring bars and other businesses to offer alcohol on a “per-plate basis” during open hours.
The ban will include all restaurants and bar owners, including small and mid-size businesses, according to the statement.
De Blasio, a Democrat, has said that the city will make changes to the way it deals with the problem of drunk driving, particularly in the city’s poorer neighborhoods.