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The Daily Prep List: 03.20.20

Friday Special

“This is the biggest challenge we’re going to face in our lifetimes. ” — Chef Eric Ripert describes the risk to the public from coronavirus and tells of having to close Le Bernardin in New York City temporarily.

– The Bon Appétit Staff
Closures, Takeout, and Relief Efforts: How Food Businesses Nationwide Are Handling Coronavirus, Bon Appétit. March 19, 2020.

Labor

Shelter in place order spurs mass layoffs in restaurants

San Francisco Chronicle 3/20

Chef Brenda Buenviaje cries more often than she laughs these days, and when she thinks about all of the employees she had to lay off at her Bay Area restaurants this week, she also feels like throwing up.

‘If I Caught the Coronavirus, Would You Want Me Making Your Next Meal?’

The New York Times 3/19

The new law only guarantees sick leave to 20 percent of private-sector workers — and many of the company’s franchise workers get nothing. Would you want to get your next meal from a restaurant where workers can’t stay home while sick?

“You want me in when?” Lawmakers demand more predictive scheduling

Lexology 3/18

Progressive elected officials in Los Angeles and Sacramento have proposed laws that may soon require certain retail and other employers to provide employees with predictive scheduling or pay a price.

Food Industry Policy

The Restaurant Industry Needs A Coronavirus Bailout. Will They Get It?

Forbes 3/19

The coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. has ground the entire nation to a halt. As the nation shuts down and government officials stress that groups larger than 10 people should not congregate, the restaurant industry, either on their own or following mandates, closed up, leaving millions of Americans out of a job without notice.

On the Side

Bay Area Restaurants Rally to Support Health Care Workers

Eater, San Francisco 3/19

It’s been a strange, sad, scary, and surreal week in the Bay Area, as restaurants struggle to find a way forward during a legally mandated dining room closure period of at least three weeks, a shutdown that devastates bottom lines and threatens to decimate the industry.

These San Francisco restaurant owners are serving meals for $5.50

SF Gate 3/19

The owners of a restaurant in San Francisco’s Noe Valley have started serving take-out meals for $5.50 (cash only) as city residents are ordered to shelter-in-place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Bay Area, It’s Time to Get Takeout

The Bold Italic 3/19

One of our greatest treasures is on the front lines: our restaurants. The Bay Area’s eateries represent nearly every race and culture, making our region one of the most vibrant, diverse dining destinations in the world.

Domino’s Pizza hiring 10,000 workers to meet delivery demand during coronavirus crisis

Nation’s Restaurant News 3/19

Domino’s said it is needs to hire about 10,000 full-time and part-time workers to meet the demand for pizza delivery as America turns to takeout during the coronavirus pandemic.

At LA’s Most Popular Restaurant, Howlin’ Ray’s, the Lines Never Stop. That’s a Problem.

Eater, Los Angeles 3/19

For the first time in a long time, Amanda Zone doesn’t know what to do. The vibrant co-owner of Chinatown hot chicken sensation, and arguably LA’s most popular restaurant, Howlin’ Ray’s is stuck between a few different bad ideas — and one unthinkable one.

Delivery Platforms Need to Give Restaurants a Break

Food & Wine 3/19

Delivery is now the sole life line for many restaurants, as they shut their doors voluntarily or through government mandates to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

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