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The Daily Prep List: 05.11.20

Labor

California’s high cost of employment will stifle recovery; here are 6 issues the state needs to deal with

CALmatters 5/9

The now ended long economic boom from 2010-2020 made Californians complacent. Workers were in demand everywhere in America, so employers put up with California’s high minimum wage, stunning housing costs and often absurd regulations. 

Coronavirus-related restaurant and bar industry job losses totaled 5.5 million in April

Nation’s Restaurant News 5/8

The number of job losses skyrocketed by 20.5 million in April, increasing the national unemployment rate to 14.7%, the largest monthly jump ever recorded, the U.S. Labor Department said Friday.

Food Industry Policy

Bleach. Masks. Beer and beans. Coronavirus forces Bay Area restaurants to make radical new menus

San Francisco Chronicle 5/9

The owner-chef of an Italian restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission District has eschewed takeout meals and instead sells jars of someone else’s pasta sauce along with jugs of bleach.

San Francisco Restaurateurs Hope City Will Permit New Outdoor Dining Options After Reopening

CBS, SF Bay Area 5/9

The coronavirus economic disaster has landed squarely on the service industry. So what can be done to mitigate a crisis that has already forced some restaurants to close for good?

Food delivery apps fueled alcohol sales to minors, California regulators find

SF Gate 5/8

California regulators have found food delivery apps facilitated a surge in alcohol sales to minors after the state relaxed restrictions on to-go cocktails and premixed drinks during the coronavirus pandemic.

A Fresno restaurant defied COVID-19 orders, opened its dining room. Here’s what happened

The Fresno Bee 5/7

The Waffle Shop in northwest Fresno opened for dine-in customers Thursday, defying city and state orders mandating it do takeout orders only.

On the Side

The Dumbing Down of the American Restaurant

The Atlantic 5/8

Three months ago, one could have easily argued that restaurants had reached their zenith of cultural and economic significance to the United States.

America’s meat shortage is more serious than your missing hamburgers

Vox 5/8

The meat supply chain is breaking down, but that’s only part of the story.

Che Fico Doesn’t Want Its Stimulus Loan

Eater, San Francisco 5/8

While some San Francisco restaurants have shuttered after their paycheck protection program (PPP) loans weren’t approved, the owner of Che Fico says that he’ll likely send the check his restaurant got back to the bank.

Chipotle Mexican Grill CEO Brian Niccol addresses reopening dining rooms, worker bonus pay

Nation’s Restaurant News 5/8

We’re going to take steady, careful steps,’ chain leader says on dine-in reopening; CEO also extends appreciation pay for workers.

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