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Bubble tea's Taiwan origin story: economic boom, national identity and betrayal

Mar 14, 2024
The self-governing island consumes a billion cups a year of the milk tea with the chewy tapioca pearls. Globally, it's a $3 billion industry.
Bubble tea at Chun Shui Tang. Each glass follows a strict tea-to ice-to tapioca-ball ratio.
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Restaurants risk losing big cash if takeout liquor is off the menu

Jan 7, 2022
Liquor laws have historically been slow to change, but the past nearly two pandemic-years have fostered major updates.
A sign in a restaurant window advertises beer and margaritas for takeout during the coronavirus pandemic in New York City.
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New laws keep alcohol-to-go on the menu after the pandemic

May 28, 2021
Almost 20 states passed or are working on legislation that makes takeout drinks permanent.
According to one expert, "2020 was the most important year for alcohol since the end of Prohibition."
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Takeout cocktails have saved many businesses. Some states want to make them permanent offerings.

Jun 25, 2020
Takeout cocktails have saved jobs in the restaurant and bar industries.
A bartender sells a frozen margarita to go in New York City. Offering alcohol for takeout  has helped keep restaurants and bars afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.
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