Where Does the Restaurant Industry Go from Here?
QSR Magazine 4/1
Are more bankruptcies coming? What happens to operators who can’t pay rent? Plenty of questions remain.
The restaurant putting workers in charge – and inequality on the chopping block
The Guardian 3/31
As a worker-led collaborative, all decisions – including pay, benefits, and policies – are made by staff, while pop-up menus will allow refugee and immigrant chefs to hone their skills and test out menu ideas.
Food Industry Policy
How San Jose’s Al Fresco outdoor dining program is vital for local businesses’ survival
San Jose City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to extend a program that allows businesses to safely operate outdoors. The Al Fresco outdoor dining program – which will now run through the end of the year – has allowed many businesses to continue to operate by moving outdoors to comply with state and county COVID-19 restrictions.
Squarespace Acquires Tock for Over $400 Million
FSR Magazine 3/31
Squarespace, an all-in-one website building and ecommerce platform, announced it has acquired Tock, a leading unified system serving the hospitality industry with online reservations, table management, takeout, and events in one place, for more than $400 million in a mix of cash and stock.
On the Side
The Best Places to Brunch in San Francisco Right Now
It’s been a very long year of limited brunch options, but, thanks to the orange tier and easing restrictions on dining at restaurants, San Franciscans can finally resume our favorite weekend activity: rolling out of bed to eat indulgent dishes and drink boozy beverages.
Pet-Friendly Cafe and Bar Boozehounds to Open in Palm Springs
FSR Magazine 3/31
Boozehounds, an exciting pet-friendly dining, cafe and bar concept in Palm Springs, is set to open late April. Boozehounds will feature vibrant design and a welcoming atmosphere with a unique food and beverage menu, including options for dogs. It is poised to quickly become part of Palm Springs’ burgeoning culinary scene.