Marin Independent Journal 6/10
The Novato City Council has rejected the mayor’s proposal to reconsider a minimum wage hike set for July 1. The vote on Tuesday night was 3-2, with Mayor Denise Athas and Councilwoman Susan Wernick in the minority.
Food Industry Policy
San Francisco Chronicle 6/11
Bay Area diners may be excited by the news that San Francisco restaurants can finally reopen for outdoor dining Friday — but most restaurants won’t be ready right away, and many won’t bother at all.
Door Dash, Uber Eats, and other food delivery platforms would need written agreements with restaurants before they could post their menus, trademarks, logos, or other intellectual property, under a California bill the state Assembly passed.
Eater, San Francisco 6/10
Restaurants in Contra Costa County launched outdoor dining on Friday, June 5, and it appears that things went well enough that the county’s ready to expand its reopening.
On the Side
Konan Pi runs Hom Korean Kitchen, a casual Korean restaurant with three locations in Santa Cruz, San Jose and San Francisco. He received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan in late April, but he is burning through that money to keep his restaurants afloat.
Law 360 6/10
Maines Paper & Food Service Inc., a food distributor that counts Burger King, Longhorn Steakhouse and Olive Garden among its clients, sought Chapter 11 protection in Delaware early Wednesday with $50 million to $100 million in debt, weeks after being taken into foreclosure.
San Francisco Business Times 6/10
Mat Schuster, owner of Canela Bistro, said he’s happy that he can open a few seats at his Castro restaurant for outdoor dining as early as Friday. “It gives us a chance to pay more attention to how to operate in the new environment,” he said.
The New York Times 6/10
More people are using food delivery apps like Grubhub and Uber Eats to order from restaurants during the pandemic. But can this trend last if so many restaurants are unhappy?
People returning to restaurants as COVID-19 restrictions ease across the United States may find that their favorite hamburger or steak costs more than they remember — if it’s on the menu at all.
The New York Times 6/10
Just Eat Takeaway, a European food delivery service, said on Wednesday that it had agreed to buy Grubhub for $7.3 billion, a deal that would give it a foothold in the United States.