The debate over raising the minimum wage is gaining steam, as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle weigh the benefits and consequences of boosting the lowest pay to $15 per hour.
Retailers and restaurateurs are taking control of the future by delivering on customers’ evolving expectations — with an intentional focus on technology, operating efficiency, and customer experiences. We developed the Future of Restaurants and Future of Retail reports to give you a snapshot of what businesses are investing in and what’s working — along with inspiration, tactics, and tools that can help set up your business for future success.
Food Industry Policy
San Francisco Chronicle 2/24
San Francisco officials expect the city to move into the red tier next week, ushering in the return of indoor dining as soon as March 3. While San Francisco has frequently implemented restrictions beyond the state’s guidelines, officials confirmed to The Chronicle that the city will move along with the state — though it’s still possible case counts rise before next week’s anticipated announcement and delay the tier shift.
The Sacramento Bee 2/23
Hundreds of thousands of small businesses from restaurants to nail salons will not have to pay licensing fees until 2023, under California’s $7.6 billion stimulus measure signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom Tuesday. Many of their professional employees also can skip state licensing fees. About 59,000 restaurants and bars won’t have to pay annual fees to renew their Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control licenses, which can range from $455 to $1,235.
On the Side
The Mercury News 2/24
With poultry the popular player in the 2021 fast-food competition, McDonald’s is introducing three new fried chicken sandwiches to its menus nationwide: the Crispy, the Spicy and the Deluxe.
The restaurant industry has no doubt been one of the hardest hit during the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, half of Americans said a restaurant they loved has gone out of business in the past year, according to a LendingTree survey of more than 1,000 Americans.