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The Daily Prep List: 05.13.20

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Burger King parent Restaurant Brands International considers designing face masks as part of uniform

Nation’s Restaurant News 5/12

Restaurant Brands International Inc., parent to the Burger King, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and Tim Hortons brands, is moving into reopening dining rooms with enhanced operations that allow for safety and social distancing, the CEO said Tuesday.

Is Now the Time to Eliminate Tipping?

Food Service News May 2020

Like it or not, the coronavirus has offered restaurants a reset button. And some local restaurateurs are considering taking advantage of this opportunity to eliminate tipping and go to a flat administrative service charge which benefit both front- and back-of-the-house employees.

Food Industry Policy

California dining will barely resemble pre-pandemic experience under state guidelines

Politico 5/12

California restaurants may be preparing to reopen their dining rooms, but the latest public health guidance suggests the experience will barely resemble a pre-pandemic night out.

Restaurants in some California counties to reopen under restrictions

CNBC 5/12

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday that restaurants in select counties can reopen on-site dining under specific restrictions. 

California cracks down on rogue bars

CALmatters 5/12

State regulators propose emergency powers to shut down bars and restaurants that defy public health orders banning dine-in services during the coronavirus pandemic. 

L.A. County could keep stay-at-home orders in place well into summer, depending on conditions

Los Angeles Times 5/12

Los Angeles County’s stay-at-home orders will “with all certainty” be extended for the next three months, county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer acknowledged during a Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday.

SFPD Chief: Restaurants and Cafes That Refuse to Accept Cash Are Breaking the Law

Eater, San Francisco 5/12

Seemingly due to fears that folding money or change poses a coronavirus transmission threat, many of San Francisco’s restaurants, cafes, and coffee shops have announced that they will only accept payment via credit card or app. That’s a practice that’s against San Francisco law.

On the Side

Most Californians remain uncomfortable going to restaurants, gyms, according to poll

The Mercury News 5/12

With restrictions already lifted on some non-essential businesses in California and partial restaurant re-openings possibly on the horizon, a majority of Californians still aren’t comfortable going out to eat, according to a new survey.

During Shutdown, Sharpening Knives Helps a Restaurant Worker Pay the Bills

KQED 5/12

Ryan Taylor’s pitch for using sharpened knives is straightforward and convincing. “The experience is just so much more pleasant,” he says. “I recommend it to everybody.”

Uber reportedly seeks to buy Grubhub as food delivery rises during shelter-in-place

San Francisco Chronicle 5/12

Uber is negotiating to buy Grubhub, according to multiple reports, in a deal that would unite two of the biggest sources of restaurant meal delivery as millions more Americans order takeout during shelter-in-place orders.

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