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    Bartender Mario Sanchez crafts a margarita Monday at the bar of El Coyote, a Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles. Thousands of restaurateurs from coast to coast have fallen victim to the Great Green Citrus Crisis of 2014. The lime has skyrocketed in price in recent weeks, quadrupling or, in some areas, going even higher. The Associated Press

Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 7:00 pm | Updated: 11:06 am, Wed Apr 30, 2014.

LOS ANGELES — Every time a bartender at trendy Los Angeles fusion eatery Luna Park squeezes a shot of lime into a drink these days, owner Peter Kohtz says he winces a little.

Luna Park, known for its large selection of craft cocktails, is one of thousands of restaurants from coast to coast that have fallen victim to the Great Green Citrus Crisis of 2014 — a severe shortage of limes that has meant that the fruit has skyrocketed in price in recent weeks.

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