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The Daily Prep List: 05.06.21

Labor

Office return-to-work plans could make or break some restaurants’ business

CNBC 5/4

Many companies are hoping to bring workers back to offices later this year. How companies return to work could have an outsize impact on restaurant sales.

The Rise of Guaranteed Income Programs Could Offer a Lifeline for Food Workers

Civil Eats 5/4

After a successful pilot program in Stockton, California, cities nationwide are considering supporting low-income workers—many of whom work in the food system.

Food Industry Policy

Alternative delivery players challenge the bigger third-party marketplace model

Restaurant Hospitality 5/5

With off-premise expected to stick long into the pandemic recovery, many restaurant operators are questioning the business model of partnering with big third-party delivery providers like DoorDash, Grubhub and Uber Eats. Seeing an opening, a growing number of alternative delivery providers are hoping to step in to break up those partnerships.

The Restaurant Revitalization Fund is Off to a Busy Start

FSR Magazine 5/4

The $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund opened to a hive of activity. Within the first hour of pre-registration, more than 41,000 people joined in, according to SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman and Associate SBA Administrator Patrick Kelley.

On the Side

Owner busted after California bar sold fake COVID vaccination cards, officials say

ABC10 Tampa Bay 5/5

The owner of a bar in San Joaquin County was arrested after being accused of selling fake COVID-19 vaccination cards at his businesses. The accusation comes from Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), who said in a news release that their undercover agents were able to buy the fake vaccination cards multiple times in April at the bar.

Sonoma County restaurant’s lawsuit against Grubhub may stall with pending settlement in another case

The North Bay Business Journal 5/4

About 150 restaurants, led by The Barlow eatery and Antonia’s in North Carolina, sued Grubhub in October. They alleged the service was using their names without their permission as well as promoting menus and quoting prices that hurt their reputations.

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