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The Daily Prep List: 05.03.21

Labor

Restaurants Struggling To Retain Workers As Eateries Reopen

CBS Los Angeles 4/30

Restaurants are struggling to get cooks and servers to come back to work during the pandemic after many had to go on leave once indoor dining closed down. Now that eateries are opening up, some employees are switching industries or opting to stay home.

Challenges Remain For Restaurants Despite Eased Restrictions

KUNM 4/30

Last year, KUNM spoke with Myra Ghattas owner of Albuquerque’s Slate Street Café, Slate at the Museum and Sixty-Six Acres. During a recent check in, Ghattas says there’s more demand for in-person dining, but it’s difficult to return to pre-pandemic staffing levels.

Food Industry Policy

How DoorDash’s New Pricing Structure Will Affect Restaurants

Forbes 5/1

DoorDash announced it is changing to a tiered pricing system for restaurants that allows them to pick from three plans with different commission levels. The company is also lowering pickup commission rates and making changes to Storefront, its ecommerce store product for restaurants. As restaurants emerge from the coronavirus pandemic, fees like this will continue to have a strong impact on their survival.

FOOD PRICES: ADD ONE MORE HURDLE TO RESTAURANTS REOPENING

The Business Journal 4/30

Chuck Van Fleet, president of the Fresno Chapter of the California Restaurant Association says they’ve seen price increases especially in chicken wings, which are at an all-time high. Restaurants turn to chicken because it’s cheaper than beef.

On the Side

San Francisco Cafe Owner Struggles to Survive Pandemic and Tragedy

NBC Bay Area 5/1

The owner of ICafe in San Francisco’s Chinatown has weathered both the pandemic and the loss of her business partner.

Fresno restaurant shooting: Man shot multiple times with other customers inside

The Fresno Bee 4/30

A man was shot multiple times inside a central Fresno restaurant that had customers inside Friday night.

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