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The Daily Prep List: 05.22.20

Labor

Taco Bell wants to hire 30,000 more employees

Nation’s Restaurant News 5/21

Taco Bell is on a hiring spree for the summer. The Irvine, Calif.-based brand said it plans to hire at least 30,000 new employees to fill standard positions, as well as new safety-focused roles created amid the COVID-19 crisis. 

Mayor Supports July Minimum Wage Increase

Pasadena Now 5/21

Mayor Terry Tornek told Pasadena Now he still supports increasing the minimum wage to $15 on July 1. “I think we need to honor what we’ve adopted,” Tornek said Wednesday.

Food Industry Policy

AB 5 could have an unintended impact on the franchise industry

The Press Enterprise 5/21

In enacting Assembly Bill 5 earlier this year, the California Legislature’s intent was to protect workers who were the functional equivalent of employees but did not receive the same benefits and protections as other employees.

San Jose Leaders Move Ahead With Outdoor Restaurant Dining Plan

NBC, Bay Area 5/21

Dining out may mean dining outside in San Jose now that city leaders approved a proposal Tuesday to allow more outdoor seating areas to expand into street parking. 

Restaurants Rebel Against Delivery Apps as Cities Crack Down on Fees

NBC 4, 5/21

When Pitas and Sticks, a Greek restaurant in Brooklyn, New York, gets an order from Grubhub, owner John Stamos gives each bag a personal touch, printing out a small note with a simple message: Grubhub orders are killing his business, reports NBC News.

COVID-19 and Business Insurance Claims: 3 Important Questions for Restaurants

QSR Magazine 5/21

Among the most tangible disruptions to regular life caused by the coronavirus pandemic is the current prohibition on dining in restaurants. Restaurants play a central role in our communities and are where we celebrate, commiserate, commune and network. 

On the Side

Restaurants catering to Laguna Woods residents and clubs starving under virus restrictions

The Orange County Register 5/21

For 30 years, Jolanda Day has worked hard to grow Jolanda’s Cafe & Catering, located at 23615 El Toro Road in Lake Forest, and it paid off. That was until the COVID-19 pandemic struck, shutting down activities and everything other than nonessential businesses in its wake. 

Bay Area Dive Bars Say They’re Hanging in There — but Only by a Thread

Eater, San Francisco 5/21

In the current COVID-19 reality, everyone is feeling the strain. For owners of dive bars, the problem might be even more acute than those faced by other industries: Though bars and restaurants that allow sit-down dining are slowly re-opening to customers across California, spots that don’t serve meals must remain shuttered.

The State of California: How Will Restaurants Fare Moving Forward?

KCBS Radio 5/21

For weeks, many Bay Area restaurants have been serving food for takeout or delivery only, and struggling to get by. Now, they could be just a week or two away from reopening to diners, and in some counties, that is already happening.

National Restaurant Association Show Names Recipients of 2020 Kitchen Innovations Award

QSR Magazine 5/21

The National Restaurant Association Show announced Wednesday the recipients of the 2020 Kitchen Innovations (KI) Awards, honoring progressive equipment that increases efficiencies and productivity. 

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