New Platforms Try to Crash Delivery’s Third-Party Dominance
QSR Magazine 2/11
Third-party delivery services have been a lifeline during the pandemic, but have also been tough on restaurants’ bottom lines. Now some new services are providing an alternative.
DOORDASH OFFERING DISCOUNTED COVID TESTS FOR RESTAURANTS
Restaurant Business Online 2/10
DoorDash partnered with testing company Cellex to make available 1,150 kits after it heard from merchants that COVID testing had become a key part of their operations amid the pandemic.
Food Industry Policy
Acceleration to Digital: Why Technology is Crucial for Restaurants in 2021
FSR Magazine 2/11
Restaurant owners and marketers have learned how to quickly shift, adapt, and meet customers’ needs, creating experiences dominated by technology and an enhanced focus on the digital experience and engagement.
Will delivery still be king in a post-COVID world?
Restaurant Hospitality 2/10
When normalcy returns, don’t expect customers to shift completely back to in-house dining: delivery has become an essential growth driver.
On the Side
Money pours into Davis restaurant’s GoFundMe after owner’s heartbreaking death
The Sacramento Bee 2/11
Sam’s Mediterranean Cuisine has been a beacon for hungry and homesick UC Davis students since Samir and Suhad Abughannam — Sam and Sue, to most — opened 25 years ago. Now it’s the community’s turn to give back.
East Bay restaurant owner with no health insurance fights for her life after cancer diagnosis
San Francisco Chronicle 2/10
But after three surgeries, Sewell, 60, realized she needed help from wherever she could get it as medical expenses mounted, months of chemotherapy became a reality, and the pandemic kept her restaurant shuttered. She launched a GoFundMe campaign in January, hoping to eventually raise $250,000 to help pay for her rent, hospital bills, food and other medical supplies.