NYC Bans Large Sugary Drinks, But You Can Still Get A Half-Gallon Margarita At 'Brother Jimmy's'

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | September 13, 2012 | 1:47 PM EDT

Today, a New York City panel approved a ban on the sale of large, sugary drinks - but, you can still get your 64 ounce "fishbowl" margarita at Brother Jimmy's.

Restaurants and grocery story large-soda sales are out, but booze and Big Gulps can still be sold in super sizes.

At the Brother Jimmy's restaurant chain in New York City, for example, you can still buy their signature 64 ounce and half-gallon alcoholic beverages.

A spokesperson for Mayor Bloomberg’s office confirmed to "The Right Views" that, only retailers that receive Health Department “letter grades” (which 7-Eleven and similar convenience stores do NOT) will be subject to the ban – so, your Big Gulps and large Slurpees are safe.

Before the ban passed, 7-Eleven spokesperson Margaret Chabris told “The Right Views”:

“We are reserving public comment on this issue until we have a chance to review the actual written proposal, determine what impact it may have on 7-Eleven stores in NYC and discuss with our trade associations.”

Citing a newspaper report, Chabris noted that “[T]he measure would not apply to beverages sold in grocery or convenience stores, and we are a convenience store.”

“We understand interest in reducing obesity in NYC, as well as across the nation.  That is one reason we launched our new Slurpee Lite™ platform of good-tasting Slurpee drinks without sugar. We also offer other healthy alternatives like salads, fresh-made sandwiches and fruit cups, as well as a wide assortment of diet drinks.”

So, if you want to cut calories, you can buy a super-sized, sugar-less Slurpee. But, you could still get a super sugar rush, if that’s what you’re thirsting for.

Oh, Thank Heaven, you might say. Or, maybe, not. :)

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