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The Daily Prep List: 09.03.20


4 ways chains are retaining employees during the pandemic

Restaurant Business 9/2

From bonuses to custom-created sandwiches, restaurant chains around the country are trying to keep their valuable resources in-house during a stressful time.

Cold Stone Creamery workers rally in Lake Balboa, demanding unpaid wages

Los Angeles Daily News 9/2

Cold Stone Creamery workers and community allies held a car rally outside the company’s Lake Balboa store Wednesday, Sept. 2 to demand restoration of unpaid wages.

Food Industry Policy

Santa Clara Caps Delivery App Fees to Help Local Restaurants

San Jose Inside 9/2

Courier apps such as GrubHub and DoorDash can charge Mission City restaurants no more than 15 percent under a new temporary ordinance.

On the Side

Who Could Possibly Want Hot Pot Right Now? Investors

The Washington Post 9/3

Covid-19 has scarred us in many ways, but has also created an opening for disruptive technologies and concepts. Could dining in restaurants staffed with robot waiters and chefs be one of them? China may have an answer. 

McDonald’s to Award $1 Million in Scholarships to Assist Hispanic Students

QSR Magazine 9/2

McDonald’s is proud to announce the company’s “HACER More Scholarship,” that is providing 100 additional scholarships for Hispanic students as an extension of the annual HACER National Scholarship.

Why the Brea Improv is creating ghost kitchen restaurants

The Orange County Register 9/2

Why did the chicken sandwich cross the road? To get to the comedy side. It does seem like a joke that the Brea Improv is entering the restaurant business at the worst time in that industry’s history. 

Tommy’s Joynt false closure rumors show how pandemic makes restaurant fates less clear

San Francisco Chronicle 9/2

The rumors of Tommy’s Joynt’s closure after 73 years in the business have been percolating for weeks, starting from a user-generated closure announcement on the classic restaurant’s Yelp page in early August and boiling over in the past few days with a fan’s outraged tweet about the vandalization of its distinctive neon sign. 

Local Restaurateurs Call for Relief as 30 percent of State’s Restaurants May Not Survive Pandemic

Pasadena Now 9/2

Restaurant owners in Pasadena and throughout California are calling on the state government to act as a report by the California Restaurant Association warns 30 percent of the state’s eateries are likely to go under as a result of the ongoing pandemic.

Drive-thru traffic increased 26% during dining room closures, report says

Restaurant Dive 9/2

The fact that the drive-thru continues to generate the most business at restaurants even as dining rooms reopen is certainly good news for the quick-service segment, which captures 60% to 70% of its business through the channel. 

Why urban markets’ recovery could take a while

Restaurant Business 9/2

While suburban sites are thriving, urban sites have struggled during the pandemic, and the changes could be lasting, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

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