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The Daily Prep List: 06.17.20


San Francisco’s District Attorney Is Suing DoorDash for Alleged Unfair Business Practices

Eater, San Francisco 6/16

San Francisco’s District Attorney’s office is typically known as the place criminal behavior — rape, murder, theft — is prosecuted, following an investigation and arrest by law enforcement. But according to DA Chesa Boudin, a new unit in his office will pursue alleged crimes against workers, and SF-based food delivery company DoorDash is its first target.

McDonald’s workers in Oakland take further legal action against restaurant amid wave of COVID-19 cases

San Francisco Chronicle 6/16

A group of workers at an Oakland McDonald’s on Telegraph Avenue, who said they were once told by managers to use dog diapers and coffee filters as makeshift face masks during the pandemic, have filed a complaint against the restaurant in Alameda County Superior Court.

Paying Tipped Employees for Non-Tipped Activities

Modern Restaurant Management 6/16

The Department of Labor (DOL) has addressed the thorny issue of when to pay tipped employees for non-tipped activities.

Why Fast-Food Employees Should Be Paid Sooner

QSR Magazine June 2020

In 2017, a CareerBuilder survey revealed that 78 percent of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. The quick-service restaurant industry is one of the most heavily impacted by the paycheck to paycheck lifestyle. 

Food Industry Policy

Grubhub defies SF’s commission cap, hikes restaurant fees again

SF Gate 6/16

The first day San Francisco restaurants could officially reopen for outdoor dining — Kagawa-Ya Udon owner Katherine Chaio got an email from Grubhub notifying her that its rates were going up.

On the Side

McDonald’s to bring back some menu items cut during the pandemic

CNBC 6/16

The coronavirus pandemic has led McDonald’s to scale back its menu and shelve any menu additions. Now, as the fast-food chain slowly reopens U.S. dining rooms, it’s looking to bring back some menu items, according to CEO Chris Kempczinski.

Bay Area restaurant owner explains why he reopened – and then shut down again

SF Gate 6/16

When we got the green light on May 20 to reopen the Napa location of Gran Eléctrica — our Brooklyn-born Mexican restaurant and tequila/mezcal bar — we were nervous.

How Grubhub’s Merger With Just Eat Takeaway Could Affect The U.S. Food Delivery Market

Forbes 6/16

Rumors of an Uber/Grubhub merger swirled for nearly a month and no doubt such a tie up would have had major implications on the domestic market.

Dining in the Street? As Restaurants Reopen, Seating Moves Outdoors

The New York Times 6/16

Cities are accelerating applications and waiving fees to allow alfresco dining, but the moves are disrupting neighborhoods and cutting much-needed tax revenue.

Why Coronavirus Will Spark a Fast-Food Takeover

QSR Magazine 6/16

Before mid-March, when COVID-19 began its assault on restaurant sales, the industry was tracking toward a fate akin to retail.

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