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NEWS: Dark Door Spirits releases ‘Pandemic at the Disco’ essential vodka, aims to help hospitality workers

Tampa Bay-based craft distillery Dark Door Spirits is releasing an essential vodka called “Pandemic at the Disco” in support of the hospitality industry that has been adversely impacted by COVID-19.

“Just like the essential workers that have bravely kept us going for many months, this is the essential vodka that has the power to make the best of any situation – even the hot mess that is 2020”, said Dark Door Founder and CEO Matt Allen.

Thousands of bartenders and support staff have lost their jobs and livelihoods due to the virus that has hit the United States and Florida particularly hard. Some estimates suggest over 51% of Floridians could be at risk for eviction.

Over 1 million people are currently waiting to be placed on financial assistance in the state as the unemployment rate passes 10% in Florida.

The Washington Post recently profiled a bartender who has just $10 left in his bank account and is facing eviction in the nation’s capital. These are very difficult times for workers in the hospitality industry and for all Americans.

Pandemic at the Disco essential vodka from Dark Door Spirits. Proceeds benefit charitable organizations.
Pandemic at the Disco essential vodka. Image Credit: Dark Door Spirits.

Fifty percent of Dark Door Spirits profits from sales of Pandemic at the Disco will be donated to charitable organizations supporting the local hospitality industry, including the U.S. Bartender Guild COVID-19 relief fund.

Pandemic at the Disco is available through local distribution from Pepin Distributing Co. and Great Bay Distributors as well as many local liquor stores and restaurants in the Tampa Bay area.

Luekens and Drizly will be retail partners for those who want to enjoy responsibly at home.

“We’re doing this now because we see a need in the community – a need for something to benefit the hospitality industry and a need for a laugh while not sugar-coating the mess we’re in,” Allen said.

“We want to support the people who have supported us all these years. Creating a great product with a fun label seemed like one thing we could do.”

“By ordering Pandemic at the Disco by name at their favorite bar or restaurant, Tampa Bay residents are helping their friends and neighbors in the hospitality industry at a time when they are struggling to make ends meet”, Allen said.

Dark Door Spirits was founded in 2016 in Tampa Bay by Co-Founders Matthew Allen and Brandon Marshall focusing on “crafting unique and unexpectedly delicious spirits”.

For more information visit them online at darkdoorspirits.com.

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NEWS: Universal Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites opens March 17th 2020 in Orlando

Universal Orlando Resort will open their 8th resort, Universal Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites, on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

The new hotel adds 2,050 guests rooms to the Universal Orlando hotel portfolio with standard rooms and 2-bedroom suites that can accommodate up to 6 people. It will join sister property, Universal’s Endless Summer Resort, Surfside Inn and Suites, which opened in June 2019.

Dockside Suites and Standard Model Room Shoot Endless Summer Resort Hotels
Dockside Suites and Standard Model Room Shoot Endless Summer Resort Hotels

Rates start at $85 per night and aims to be an affordable options for visitors to the Orlando area and theme parks. Hotel guests will receive early admission to Universal theme parks, complimentary transportation to and from theme parks, and other amenities.

Dockside Inn and Suites is the 8th Universal Orlando partnership with Loews Hotels & Co.

Some attractions guests can enjoy at Universal include The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, Jurassic Park River Adventure, TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D, and The Bourne Stuntacular – which makes its debut at Universal Studios Florida in spring 2020.

Universal is also hard at work on a new theme park, Epic Universe, which will be the 4th theme park that Universal opens joining Universal Studios, Universal Studios Islands of Adventure, and Universal’s Volcano Bay. The theme park is slated to open in 2023.

More information can be found on their website at universalorlando.com/web/en/us/places-to-stay/universals-endless-summer-resort-dockside-inn-and-suites