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The Daily Prep List: 03.23.20

Labor

LA Council to consider making it more difficult to fire employees amid coronavirus crisis

Press Telegram 3/22

Los Angeles City Council at its Tuesday meeting is expected to take up a number of measures setting restrictions on businesses and their ability to fire their employees in light of the coronavirus crisis.

How You Can Help Support Workers in Virus-Stricken Restaurant Industry

Bloomberg 3/21

It’s been said before, but let’s repeat it: The restaurant industry is in an unprecedented crisis because of the Covid-19 coronavirus. An estimated two-thirds of the country’s eateries are independently owned, which means that a vast number of the industry’s 15 million workers have lost their jobs or are about to.

There’s No Good Way for a Restaurant Group to Lay 1,127 People Off at Once

Eater, San Francisco 3/20

While it might not be a household name for the average San Francisco diner, the Back of the House restaurant group is one of the city’s most prominent — and one of its most prolific, as it’s behind spots like pizza destination Beretta, upscale vegan spot Wildseed, and burger mini-chain Super Duper.

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. When she thinks about all of the employees she had to lay off at her Bay Area restaurants this week, she said she feels like throwing up.

Food Industry Policy

Thirsty in isolation? California alcohol bureau now allowing drinks to go

The Sacramento Bee 3/21

In response to California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order to shut down all bars and slash restaurant occupancy to flatten the coronavirus curve, the state liquor bureau offered some relief by allowing drinks to go.

Coronavirus closes Starbucks in Sacramento, elsewhere. Drive-through, delivery still open

The Sacramento Bee 3/21

Starbucks has closed its company-operated stores in the United States and Canada for at least two weeks to stem the spread of the coronavirus, but is keeping open its drive-through and delivery services.

On the Side

Restaurants ask consumers to join #TheGreatAmericanTakeout amid coronavirus fallout

Nation’s Restaurant News 3/22

A coalition of restaurants is asking U.S. consumers to participate in “The Great American Takeout” on Tuesday, March 24, as the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic continues.

Foodservice Distributors Brace for $24 Billion Loss

QSR Magazine 3/20

The International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) projects the industry will lose $24 billion over the next three months as the COVID-19 pandemic shuts down restaurants, schools and hotels. The following is a statement from IFDA CEO, Mark Allen.

Independent Restaurants Brace for the Unknown

The New York Times 3/20

It took two months for JoAnn Clevenger to reopen Upperline, a traditional Creole restaurant in New Orleans, after Hurricane Katrina devastated that city in 2005. This time, a virus has closed the place, probably for a lot longer.

Darden CEO Not Taking Salary as Company Braces for COVID-19 Impact

FSR Magazine Mar. 2020

Darden CEO Gene Lee didn’t pretend it was business as usual. The Olive Garden and LongHorn parent’s third-quarter review had almost nothing to do with the third quarter, where total sales lifted 4.5 percent to $2.35 billion.

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