FSR Magazine 7/19
While the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be finally coming to an end, challenges remain for restaurant owners. As restrictions lift and business resurges, many restaurants are finding it difficult to attract workers again. The industry now faces a hiring crisis, hindering its ability to keep up with swelling demand.
‘Stressed out’: As the available pool of workers remains low, restaurants keep laboring to stay afloat
Lookout Santa Cruz 7/19
A month after California’s grand June 15 re-opening, help wanted signs seemingly outnumber available workers. Local businesses continue to see a surge of patrons, yet with the workforce missing in action — either still collecting unemployment or having moved on — owners are left scrambling, many forced to reduce their hours of operation.
Food Industry Policy
San Francisco Chronicle 7/19
With the delta variant prompting several Bay Area health officials to recommend everyone once again wear masks indoors, many people may be wondering if indoor dining is still a wise idea — even if they are vaccinated.
The Orange County Register 7/19
A ban on single-use plastic containers and straws in Laguna Beach parks and on its beaches and trails went into effect last week, as city officials hope to curb pollution made worse by the thousands of people who visit the seaside town daily during the summer and rest of the year.
On the Side
CBS SF Bay Area 7/19
After being hard-hit by the pandemic, a growing trend in the Bay Area dining scene is the popularity of food halls, which offer multiple food options for customers at lower costs for restaurant owners.
The New York Times 7/19
A number of restaurants, like Ghee Indian Kitchen in Miami and Besharam in San Francisco, have won followings for their focus on regional Indian cuisine. But few have done so at the scale that Mr. Mazumdar and Mr. Pandya are aspiring toward.