Drinking Straw Shortage Sucks the Fun Out of Bushwick Bars

May 1, 2014 1 1370 Local Business, News
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You may have detected something a little…off about the Bushwick bar scene lately. It’s a subtle change, almost imperceptible to the untrained eye (especially if that eye is three sheets to the wind). The earth-shattering change? It’s one straw in your well drink instead of two. It started at Bizarre, and quickly spread to Happy Fun Hideaway and beyond.

Standoff at Suck It

Standoff at Suck It

The cause of this apparent shortage? Local straw supplier, Suck It, has been undergoing a shift in management, resulting in a strike from factory workers on the assembly line. As a result, new owner Sam Sweetooth (formerly the manager at Fine & Raw Chocolate on Seigel Street) has been scaling back on the number of straws he’ll allow to be distributed to some of Bushwick’s most beloved bars.

Some bars have even talked of doing away with straws altogether

Some bars have even talked of doing away with straws altogether

Alcoholic and Bizarre regular Abyssinia Absinthe complained, “It’s twice as difficult to knock back my liquor with just one straw.” She took a sip from her beer (she’s switched over from hard alcohol since the crisis) and continued, “I’m through with the hard stuff until this bullshit subsides. I can’t be expected to drink gin and sodas through one straw. And I damn sure ain’t puttin’ my lips on a Bushwick bar glass.”

Bizarre is just one of many bars suffering from the shortage.

Bizarre is just one of many bars suffering from the shortage.

Bar owner Timmy Temecula agreed that straw shortage has also been discouraging customers from buying more drinks. “People wanna be able to drink with ease. Having only one straw can be a jarring experience, and it seems to be dissuading customers from wanting to get another. Though I have seen cleverer patrons order another drink and use the straw from their first drink to add to the one in their second.”

Could very well be the title of one of the many tragic chapters in the Bushwick book

Could very well be the title of one of the many tragic chapters in the Bushwick book

The Burning Bush will continue to keep you updated on when the strike at Suck It will end. In the meantime, you might want to pop into a 99 cent store on Knickerbocker to get some straws of your own–these are BYOS times we’re living in.

Written by Genna Rivieccio

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