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The Daily Prep List: 08.19.21


Creator Re-Opens With a New Burger Making-Robot Customers Can Control

The Spoon 8/19

Creator, the San Francisco restaurant made famous by its burger-making robot, was among the thousands of restaurants shut down by the pandemic (even though it engineered an awesome germ-free airlock delivery system). But the restaurant announced today that it is back with a new location in Daly City, California, and that is has a brand new robot that customers can control.

A restaurant in San Francisco’s Chinatown is paying staff $1.6 million over claims that it stole their tips and failed to pay wages

Business Insider 8/18

Z & Y, a Sichuan restaurant in San Francisco’s Chinatown, is paying 22 workers a collective $1.6 million after California’s labor commissioner said the business failed to pay wages and stole tips.

Food Industry Policy

‘Bacon ban’: Iowa congresswoman introduces EATS Act in response to California’s ban on certain meat products

Fox Business 8/18

Rep. Ashley Hinson, R-Iowa, is introducing legislation to protect farmers who supply animal products to California.

No vax no service: how vaccine enforcement is impacting restaurants

The Food Institute 8/18

Restaurateurs were a bit uneasy about having to determine whether their customers had been vaccinated against COVID-19, but now more are wishing all cities would take a page from places like New York, New Orleans and San Francisco, which issued vaccine mandates for people who want to dine in, as the Delta variant wreaks havoc around much of the country.

On the Side

Are virtual restaurant brands the new frontier for franchising?

Nation’s Restaurant News 8/18

Virtual brands have exploded in popularity, but are they franchises? Here’s a look at different models and legal considerations that could drive future development.

The Future of Dining in Downtown Los Angeles Is Looking Bright

Los Angeles Magazine 8/18

With an array of big openings—including three new projects from Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne near the Fashion District—there’s a lot to look forward to in DTLA.

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