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The Daily Prep List: 05.05.20


Romney calls for a $12 temporary increase in minimum wage

Restaurant Business 5/4

Sen. Mitt Romney has proposed raising the minimum wage of restaurant employees and other essential workers by $12 an hour through July as a way of raising their compensation above what they could collect in unemployment benefits and other forms of relief.

Food Industry Policy

California Restaurant Dining Rooms Won’t Be Allowed to Reopen This Week

Eater, Los Angeles 5/4

Governor Gavin Newsom today announced plans to potentially reopen certain sections of the California economy, though restaurant dining rooms continue to hang in limbo.

LA County Releases First List of Restaurants With Multiple Coronavirus Cases

Eater, Los Angeles 5/4

Los Angeles County public health officials have released their first list of businesses known to have had “five or more” positive cases and/or additional symptomatic cases of COVID-19.

On the Side

The Future of the Bay Area’s Restaurant Industry

KQED 5/4

The coronavirus pandemic has upended the Bay Area’s restaurant industry. Huge numbers of people have been laid off, restaurants have closed and the businesses that are still open are trying to make it work through delivery and takeout. The industry will likely be changed forever.

Announcing the SF Bay Area’s 2020 James Beard Awards Finalists

Eater, San Francisco 5/4

The James Beard Foundation just announced the finalists for its prestigious Restaurant and Chef Awards. Per usual, the list includes numerous chefs and restaurants from the San Francisco Bay Area, including Verjus, Benu, Mourad, and Mister Jiu’s.

Jefferies LLC agrees to invest $100 million in Dave & Buster’s

Nation’s Restaurant News 5/4

Dave & Buster’s said Monday that Jefferies LLC has agreed to buy $100 million in common stock from the struggling eater-tainment company in a move to shore up its balance sheet.

There’s No Wrong Way to Help Out Right Now

Eater 5/4

Last week, I helped my friend Melanie do some sweets drops at hospitals around the city as part of her Treats Help initiative. 

What Happens When the Only Restaurants Left Are Chains?

Grub Street 5/4

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended every aspect of life. For the restaurant industry, which has been decimated, it means head chefs now make home deliveries, while other operators transition to meal kits and pantry items. 

Consumer Reports Names CoreLife Eatery Top Healthy Restaurant

QSR Magazine 5/4

The founders of the fast-casual restaurant chain, CoreLife Eatery, started the concept with the mission to serve their communities fresh, healthy and nutrient packed meals that fuel all lifestyles.

Anxious Times for Restaurants

Los Angeles Business Journal 5/4

Adem Slipac opened Aroma Café in 2005 to support his family but also to soothe his nostalgia for his native Bosnia. The West Los Angeles restaurant has since served as a popular gathering spot for people from the Balkans — until Covid-19, that is.

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