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Lime Shortage Has Restaurants, Bars Scrambling Ahead Of Cinco De Mayo

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Stop the mixers! A lime shortage may put a twist on upcoming Cinco de Mayo celebrations.

As 1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten reported, many restaurants and bars in the Tri-State area fear they may have to contend with a Cinco de Mayo sans limes following a shortage that’s driving up prices.

Several weeks ago at Salsa Salsa in Port Jefferson, Long Island they had to stop garnishing food with limes because of the shortage.

“We did cut back on our orders of fresh limes for several weeks,” manager Megan Hurn said.

The restaurant opted to use lemons instead, but some dishes require lime.

“We do use fresh lime for certain dishes here, like our homemade guacamole,” she said.

Hurn said the restaurant has enough on hand to get through the upcoming celebrations.

Additionally, the restaurant said it was absorbing the higher cost, rather than passing it on to the customer.

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