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The Daily Prep List: 06.15.20

Labor

As restaurants reopen, workers get fewer hours

Sacramento Business Journal 6/14

Even though Sacramento restaurants have been allowed to open their dining rooms for weeks now, many still remain closed. And there’s evidence that the ones that are open aren’t operating at nearly the same level as before the Covid-19 pandemic.

Food Industry Policy

What day 1 of restaurant reopenings in SF looked like

SF Gate 6/13

An unexpected drizzle didn’t deter waiting customers at popular brunch spot Zazie on Friday, the first day of outdoor dining in San Francisco.

‘Uncharted territory.’ Sacramento’s bar scene crawls back to life — with changes

The Sacramento Bee 6/13

Pent-up partiers didn’t flood Sacramento streets on Friday, the first night bars without food service could reopen as health officials eased more restrictions on businesses in Sacramento County. 

Every SoCal County Except LA Has Reopened Bars and Wineries Despite Growing Pandemic

Eater, Los Angeles 6/12

Los Angeles County stands alone today, the solitary holdout against reopening bars, wineries, and breweries that do not also serve food. 

The US law requiring calorie counts on menus is expected to save tens of thousands of lives and over $10 billion in healthcare costs, research shows

Business Insider 6/11

A new study has found that by 2023, the law may have prevented nearly 15,000 new cases of heart disease and about 21,500 diagnoses of Type 2 diabetes.

On the Side

This is what dining at L.A. restaurants looks like now

Los Angeles Times 6/13

In the last few days — after a months-long shutdown, an abrupt and immediate allowance to reopen their dining rooms and the most significant protests on the streets of Los Angeles in decades — restaurants are beginning to welcome diners inside again, albeit with servers hidden behind face shields and bottles of hand sanitizer where the ketchup used to be.

Robot Food Startups Have a New Pitch: No Humans Touch Your Lunch

Bloomberg 6/13

Vertical agriculture company Plenty Inc. has an unusual selling point: Its crops of arugula, kale and microgreens are grown in an indoor farm run by robots. 

Takeout gets a makeover: How COVID-19 is forcing restaurants to improve the to-go experience

Chicago Tribune 6/12

It didn’t take long for Pete Ternes to learn that a good restaurant does not automatically make for a good takeout operation.

This S.F. startup delivers AI-driven nutritional meals to help treat IBS, diabetes and menopause

San Francisco Business Times 6/12

The company was founded on the premise that food is a medicine.

The State of Restaurant Technology: 3 Major Trends for the Post-COVID World

Restaurant Technology News 6/11

The past few months have seen the restaurant industry entirely upended and transformed. Technology that had been gathering steam for years, like customer ordering kiosks and shared tablets for waitstaff, is suddenly no longer viable.

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