The newly-implemented soda tax has outraged many with the increased prices on not just soda, but also other sugary beverages in the city.
Not everyone is getting mad about the tax, though. Local restaurant owners Chris Fetfatzes and Heather Annechiarico of Hawthornes are making the tax a bigger initiative to raise money for the Andrew Jackson School.
Fetfatzes and Annechiarico will be matching the tax revenue their restaurants generate and will then donate the money to their local school.
The 1.5 cent per ounce beverage tax is levied on distributors but merchants track how much they sell and, in this case, the owners will figure out how much tax revenue their eateries have generated, match and donate that amount to the Andrew Jackson School, a pre-K-to-8th grade school at 12th and Federal Street.
“It’s law, you can’t do anything about it other than get in the way of it or kind of get behind it,” Fetfatzes said. “So we decided to kind of make lemonade out of it and we’re going to be good corporate citizens.”