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The Daily Prep List: 08.18.21


How 9 Restaurants are Overcoming the Labor Shortage

FSR Magazine Aug. 2021

At full-service chains, sales are approaching—and even passing—pre-pandemic levels due to pent-up demand. 

Labor Commissioner’s Office Reaches $1.6 Million Settlement Securing Unpaid Wages for 22 Bay Area Restaurant Workers

California Department of Industrial Relations 8/17

The Labor Commissioner’s Office has reached a $1.6 million settlement with the owners of Z & Y Restaurant in San Francisco, securing compensation for 22 workers for unpaid minimum wages, overtime, split shift premiums and tips identified in a wage theft investigation from 2019.

Food Industry Policy

What Restaurants Should Know about Enforcing Vaccine Mandate

FSR Magazine 8/17

The actual ins-and-outs of enforcing such a rule are tricky. Restaurant employees are trained to check IDs when serving alcohol, but asking for a vaccine card as a requirement for entry may bring about a greater amount of anger in patrons.

Vaccine mandates are mounting — and that’s likely to affect your next trip

The Washington Post 8/17

From restaurants to live events, vaccination requirements are growing in many destinations.

On the Side

The next frontier for restaurants’ off-premises growth

Nation’s Restaurant News 8/17

From pizza delivery bots to AI assistants in the drive-thru, intelligent machines are no longer a novelty for off-premises-focused, labor-challenged operators.

How Ghost Kitchens Highlight Trademark Strategy

QSR Magazine 8/17

Despite fears that the COVID-19 pandemic could cause indefinite interruptions to business operations and “use in commerce” for trademark purposes, which our colleagues previously discussed, government restrictions in response to the crisis have accelerated a phenomenon in the food industry: ghost kitchens.

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