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The Daily Prep List: 07.27.20


Can restaurants—and servers—survive without tips?

The Takeout 7/24

In the past four months, since COVID-19 quarantines began, restaurants have tried everything they can think of to stay open.

Food Industry Policy

Los Angeles Has Been Fining Restaurants For Posting ‘We’re Open’ Signs During Pandemic

Eater, Los Angeles 7/24

During a pandemic where restaurants are struggling to stay open, the City of Los Angeles has been penalizing restaurants and businesses for posting vinyl banners and signs stating they’re open for business.

McDonald’s to require customers wear masks at all U.S. restaurants starting Aug. 1 as COVID-19 cases increase

USA Today 7/24

McDonald’s will require customers to wear masks or face coverings when entering its 14,000 restaurants nationwide starting Aug. 1.

On the Side

Adjusting to change, ‘tight-knit’ Sacramento restaurants collaborate on outdoor dining

The Sacramento Bee 7/27

It’s been an exhausting four months for Sacramento’s restaurants. After being forced to shutter indoor and outdoor dining in March, restaurants have changed their business models quickly and often.

Owner of Shuttered Mountain View Restaurant Sued by Landlord for Missed Rent

CBS, SF Bay Area 7/26

Despite a statewide moratorium on evictions, a restaurant owner on the Peninsula is being sued by his landlord for failing to pay rent even though the business has been closed since March.

Is Your Restaurant Ready for Ghost Kitchens?

The Spoon 7/26

Ghost kitchens. You’ve heard about them nonstop since the pandemic overturned the foodservice industry and forced almost every restaurant in the country to go off-premises. 

Chef Dominique Crenn Transforms Her Hayes Valley Restaurant into a Community Kitchen to Feed Vulnerable San Franciscans

KQED 7/24

Chef Dominique Crenn is well known for rising to the occasion when there are people who need to be fed. 

How LA’s Oldest Restaurants Are Navigating a Timid Reopening

Eater, Los Angeles 7/24

When the first customer walked into Musso & Frank Grill on reopening night, Friday, June 26, general manager and wine manager Andrea Scuto nearly cried of joy. 

Popular SF pizza restaurant closes after COVID-19 exposure

SF Gate 7/24

Square Pie Guys, the popular Detroit-style pizza restaurant in SoMa, announced Friday morning that they are closing temporarily due to COVID-19 exposure.

Del Taco Keeps Beating the COVID Odds

QSR Magazine July 2020

West Coast operators encountered another significant hurdle when California Gov. Gavin Newsom closed in-restaurant dining in mid-July.

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