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The Daily Prep List: 03.19.20

Labor

The Livelihoods of Food-Service Workers Are Completely Uncertain

Eater 3/18

As states and cities increasingly limit restaurant services to combat the spread of COVID-19, the livelihoods of food-service workers are all but disappearing.

Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group lays off 80% of staff in wake of coronavirus-related restaurant closures

Nation’s Restaurant News 3/18

Union Square Hospitality Group will lay off some 2,000 people today — 80% of its staff — the New York City-based company said. CEO Danny Meyer will forego his salary completely and every executive team member will take a “significant” pay cut, a company spokesperson said.

Food Industry Policy

National Restaurant Association sends restaurant industry recovery and relief proposal to White House

Nation’s Restaurant News 3/18

A day after President Trump spoke to restaurant chain leaders and reportedly unveiled an $850 billion stimulus package, the National Restaurant Association has sent their own proposal to the Trump administration and congressional leaders.  

Trump to restaurant CEOs: ‘You’re really going to like what we’re doing’

Pizza Marketplace 3/18 Leaders of some of the biggest names in the QSR and fast casual industries spoke with President Donald Trump Tuesday about their struggles to keep their businesses alive during social distancing brought on by COVID-19.

D.C. Restaurants Get the OK to Deliver Alcohol During Coronavirus Pandemic

Eater, Washington DC 3/18

D.C. government aimed to fortify beleaguered restaurants Tuesday as part of an emergency relief bill that allows them add wine, beer, and spirits to takeout and delivery orders while the city enforces a dine-in ban to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

Subway to Slash Franchise Royalty Payments by 50 Percent

QSR Magazine Mar. 2020

After franchisees sent a letter to Subway asking for financial relief, the world’s largest restaurant chain said in a statement that it would reduce royalty payments by 50 percent. 

On the Side

Closures, Takeout, and Relief Efforts: How Food Businesses Nationwide Are Handling Coronavirus

Bon Appetit 3/19

The restaurant industry has already been deeply affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Here are a few of their stories, which we’ll be updating regularly. 

A List of Resources for Coronavirus-Affected Restaurants, Bars, and Food Service Workers

Eater, Los Angeles 3/18

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council passed emergency measures to help the city’s most vulnerable residents during the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus: Chipotle Mexican Grill expands free delivery with new Uber Eats partnership

Nation’s Restaurant News 3/18

The chain adds new delivery partner as federal and local authorities recommend people avoid dining out to limit the spread of novel coronavirus.

Restaurants Discount Kids’ Meals in Wake of Coronavirus

QSR Magazine 3/18

As dining rooms shut down across the country, some concepts are making it easier for at-risk children to be well-fed.

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