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The Daily Prep List: 08.20.20


Federal funds open a new path for developing restaurant managers

Restaurant Business 8/19

A grant from DOL will enable the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation to link its career-development programs together.

Food Industry Policy

Not wearing a mask in South Lake Tahoe could lead to fines: $500 for businesses, $100 for individuals

South Tahoe Now 8/19

The message was clear during Tuesday’s emergency City Council meeting: Disregard the safety of people in South Lake Tahoe – Face a fine.

San Francisco dome dining has already returned, with some modifications

San Francisco Chronicle 8/19

The domes are back. Less than one week after a health inspector ordered San Francisco’s Hashiri to take down its controversial geodesic domes, the fine dining restaurant has found a fix that allows the structures to remain in place.

Downtown restaurants pause outdoor dining as wildfires worsen air quality

Los Altos Town Crier 8/19

Multiple downtown restaurant owners told the Town Crier that they will not be offering outdoor dining on Wednesday (Aug. 19) due to the poor air quality from Bay Area wildfires, and are unclear of how they will operate during the weekly Open Streets program that begins Thursday and runs through Sunday.

Kamala Harris Brings Food Justice to the Democratic Ticket

Civil Eats 8/19

As vice president, experts say Harris would be able to advance her years-long focus on hunger, worker protections, and environmental justice.

On the Side

‘Waiting for the plague of locusts’: Smoke, heat add to Bay Area businesses’ woes

San Francisco Chronicle 8/19

The fight against the coronavirus sent their businesses outside. Then swirling ash and acrid smoke from wildfires kept their customers indoors.

What I’ve Missed

Grub Street 8/19

Like many friends in the restaurant community, your humble critic has spent these past months largely in hibernation, much of it lolling on the family couch, flipping wistfully through cookbooks from far-off places like Venice, Sichuan, and Mexico while missing the familiar idiosyncrasies and rituals of the restaurant experience — the ones that tend to accrue over the years for those of us who’ve eaten out around town for too long.

Third-Party Apps Keep Business Flowing Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Increased Risk Of Fraud


Dine-in restaurants have taken a beating during the COVID-19 pandemic, but those that have shifted to digital channels and relied on third-party mobile apps have kept business flowing. 

Waitr CEO Dishes On The Future Of Foodservice Delivery, Including Further Consolidation

Forbes 8/19

Waitr did something in Q2 that few foodservice delivery companies have ever done. It turned a profit.  

The Future of Dining: Industry Expert Insights

Modern Restaurant Management 8/19

Modern Restaurant Management (MRM) magazine asked restaurant industry experts to gaze into a crystal ball and re-imagine the future of dining.

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