QSR Magazine 1/11
Chipotle Mexican Grill on Monday announced its first national hiring event of the year called “Coast To Coast Career Day” on Thursday, January 14. The brand has a goal of employing 15,000 new team members for its restaurants across the U.S. Chipotle’s continued expansion and internal growth are key drivers for the job openings, ending 2020 with nearly 11,000 internal promotions and the possibility of roughly 200 new restaurant locations on the horizon.
The Mercury News 1/11
The latest round of planned and upcoming job cuts in and near the Bay Area indicate that the region’s workers must brace for fresh bouts of unemployment, a tough blow that arrives on the heels of 10 months of coronavirus-linked business shutdowns.
Food Industry Policy
QSR Magazine 1/12
Virtual kitchens, also called ghost, dark or cloud kitchens, are restaurants without a dining area. They either serve as off-premises support kitchens or standalone delivery and takeout-only businesses. It’s a decidedly unorthodox model, but one that’s growing in popularity lately.
Eater SF 1/11
As the Bay Area’s COVID-19 case rate continues to skyrocket, hopes that outdoor dining would resume any time soon have been dashed by state health officials, who have announced that the area’s available hospital bed numbers mean it must remain under the state’s stay-at-home order for now. It’s frustrating news for restauranteurs who spent thousands on outdoor dining setups this summer, only to be forced back into a takeout- and delivery-only model in December, as the state reached its highest level of coronavirus cases to date.
On the Side
Food Business News 1/11
Consumers are seeking inspiration from plant-based recipe sites and social media influencers. Popular recipes include cakes, banana bread, cupcakes, and seasonal desserts featuring ingredients like vegan chocolate, coconut oil, vegetable spreads and oat and nut milk.
More than a year after Señor Sisig opened its first brick-and-mortar in San Francisco, the popular Filipino fusion food truck has new digs in Oakland.