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The Daily Prep List: 05.21.20

Labor

PD Editorial: Tap the brakes on minimum wage hike

The Press Democrat 5/19

The coronavirus is wreaking havoc on the economy here in Santa Rosa and across the country. Hundreds of local businesses remain closed 63 days after public health officials issued a stay-at-home order. Some will never reopen. 

Food Industry Policy

Devastated SoMa restaurant told to pay full rent starting in July. Its landlord? The city of SF

San Francisco Chronicle 5/20

There are no more clear bowls of pho, crispy imperial rolls or garlicky wok-fried noodles at Green Papaya, a San Francisco restaurant owned by Thai Van. 

Los Angeles Aims to Cap Restaurant Delivery Apps’ Service Fees

NBC 4, Los Angeles 5/20

The Los Angeles City Council Wednesday directed the city attorney to draft an ordinance that would limit delivery service apps from charging restaurants more than 15% of a total order.

Operating Restaurants in a COVID-19 Environment

QSR Magazine May 2020

As we’ve learned from COVID-19, restaurants are among the most vulnerable of businesses when a global pandemic brings the economy to a screeching halt. 

Restaurateurs, Trump Administration Talk Industry Concerns

QSR Magazine May 2020

In what appeared to be a sign of progress, a variety of restaurant operators held a face-to-face discussion Monday with President Trump and his administration about how the federal government can help the industry.

On the Side

How the coronavirus pandemic drained a Sacramento restaurant at its busiest time of year

The Sacramento Bee 5/21

Raed Eisa’s problems started in February. Falafel & Shawarma Planet, Eisa’s fast casual Middle Eastern restaurant at 4220 Florin Road, Suite K, wasn’t seeing its usual economic bounce-back coming out of the winter months. Other Southgate Plaza business owners Eisa spoke to had similarly poor sales, he said.

Dunkin’ adapts as coronavirus-era customers find new uses for the restaurants

Nation’s Restaurant News 5/20

“America runs on Dunkin’” has long been a tagline for the quick-service chain that for decades has fueled its customers with smooth, consistent cups of coffee in the morning, along with doughnuts, muffins and the occasional breakfast sandwich.

Noodles & Company leans on loyalty program during COVID-19 crisis

Nation’s Restaurant News 5/20

Many casual dining restaurants are reopening dining rooms as restrictions ease across the United States. But, limited-service brands like Noodles & Company are not in a huge rush to throw open their dining room doors.

Restaurant operators share stories from the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic

Nation’s Restaurant News 5/20

The last few weeks have been an exercise in transformation for restaurants. Business models have been completely overhauled. Teams have been redeployed and, in many cases, reduced in size. Menus and supply chains have been reimagined.

A Bittersweet Honor for James Beard Nominees

SF Weekly 5/19

Receiving a James Beard Award nomination this year is bittersweet for Bay Area restaurateurs.

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