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The Daily Prep List: 02.14.20

Labor

That Valentine’s Day Dinner Will Cost More This Year

The Wall Street Journal 2/14

Food-industry analysts and restaurant executives cite the tight labor market as one key factor behind the run-up in restaurant prices.

House votes to raise R.I. minimum wage by $1

Providence Journal 2/13

Rhode Island’s minimum wage will likely be rising to $11.50 an hour next fall after the state House of Representatives Thursday voted to increase it by $1.

Food Industry Policy

Plastic Bag Ban Success Hard to Gauge—For Billions of Reasons

Bloomberg 2/14

Americans use more than 380 billion single-use plastic bags a year. Or do they? That figure was the one advocates in New York cited when they pushed successfully for a statewide bag ban that takes effect next month. 

California Wants to Stop Restaurant Delivery Apps From Holding Customer Data Hostage

The Spoon 2/13

A bill introduced this week in California would require third-party food delivery platforms to share customer information with restaurants, according to The Sacramento Bee.

On the Side

Jewish bakeries on the rise in the Bay Area

San Francisco Chronicle 2/14

Sam Tobis never intended to open a Jewish bakery. The New York native moved to the Bay Area 12 years ago to attend UC Berkeley. Like many other Cal grads, he stayed.

Famous Dave’s parent BBQ Holdings to buy Granite City Food & Brewery in bankruptcy asset sale

Nation’s Restaurant News 2/13

Landry’s buys three Cadillac Ranch units, while BBQ Holdings adds 25-unit Granite to its growing portfolio of brands.

One of America’s Biggest Fine Dining Names Is Scouting for Restaurant Spaces in LA

Eater, Los Angeles 2/13

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, the Wall Street Journal takes a lovey-dovey look at the relationship between “restaurant-world power couple” Daniela Soto-Innes and Blaine Wetzel.

Brett Patterson named president of Outback Steakhouse

Nation’s Restaurant News 2/13

Brett Patterson was named the president of Outback Steakhouse on Thursday. His promotion is one of a handful of executive changes that parent company Bloomin’ Brands announced today, including the announcement that executive chairman Elizabeth Smith was stepping down as of March 6, 2020.

La Cocina Will Introduce Its Women-Led Food Hall With A Week Of Splashy Dinners

Eater, San Francisco 2/13

Every March for the past three years, La Cocina — the Mission District’s women-, immigrant-, and POC-focused kitchen incubator — has held a week’s worth of prix fixe dinners that pair up-and-coming chefs currently enrolled in La Cocina’s program with an established Bay Area star chef.

For Italian Casual Chains, Authenticity is Everything

FSR Magazine Feb. 2020

Former Carrabba’s Italian Grill president Michael Kappit put it simply. If there’s one thing the Italian casual-dining industry understands, it’s competition. 

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