More and more Texans are calling it an early night, it seems. According to data from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Austin bars suffered a considerable drop in alcohol sales this year. Sales totaled $60.9 million this May, compared to $61.8 million in May of last year. Bar owners are blaming the recent departure of Uber and Lyft from the city.
“There was an immediate definitive difference once they both left town,” Speakeasy and Ten Oak bar owner Michael Girard told KVUE. "Sales drop, volume drop. Everybody that I've talked to said that they've seen a noticeable drop.”
Uber and Lyft left Austin in May after a motion passed requiring that ride-hailing companies in the city fingerprint-screen their drivers. The two companies were strongly against the new regulations, saying that fingerprinting relies on out-of-date databases and makes it hard to hire drivers, according to CNN.