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The Daily Prep List: 09.11.20


Paid sick leave expansion signed into law 

Sacramento Business Journal 9/10

California workers will now have more access to sick time if they contract Covid-19 or if they come in contact with someone who has, under a bill signed into law on Wednesday.

How to Save Restaurants

The New York Times 9/10

Rebuilding the restaurant business requires a new model for its labor.

Food Industry Policy

State Assemblyman James Gallagher Urges Indoor Dining At Restaurants To Avoid Bad Air

CBS Sacramento 9/10

The pandemic pushed diners outside, now the smoke is sending some customers away altogether. Just as businesses started to pick up through outdoor dining creating another obstacle for restaurants.

Eating out is among riskiest activities during COVID-19 pandemic, CDC says

The Sacramento Bee 9/10

Going out to eat is riskier than other activities during the coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday in a new report.

Popular East Bay pop-up restaurant Broke Ass Cooks shut down by health inspectors

San Francisco Chronicle 9/10

Pandemic-born runaway hit Broke Ass Cooks just became yet another pop-up restaurant to be shut down by Alameda County health inspectors, according to its founders.

This Oakland Dive Bar Used to Be an Italian Restaurant. Because of COVID-19, It’s Serving Meatballs Once Again.

Eater, San Francisco 9/10

Merchant’s has come full circle, in a sense: Starting in August, the bar was finally able to reopen for outdoor drinking — and was able to fulfill the state’s requirement that food must also be sold thanks to a collaboration with Italian Colors, the Montclair neighborhood Italian standby. 

On the Side

Is this the last straw? All US Starbucks locations are switching to strawless lids

The Fresno Bee 9/10

You may not get a straw with your favorite Starbucks beverage anymore. The restaurant announced Thursday all of its United States stores will offer strawless lids for iced coffee, tea, espresso and Starbucks Refreshers.

The Bay Area has a thrilling new Instagram pastry scene. Here are three to try

San Francisco Chronicle 9/10

One day in August, I woke up and opened my fridge to find it looking not unlike a bakery cooler, filled with boxes on boxes of shiny eclairs, hand pies, cheesecakes, fat wedges of crunch cake and cookies.

LA’s Family Style Food Festival Evolves Into a Chinatown Drive-In With Carhop Service

Eater, Los Angeles 9/10

Last year, Fairfax streetwear company The Hundreds produced its first Family Style Food Fest where chefs and restaurateurs collaborated with the LA-based streetwear brand at the CBS Studios in Beverly Grove. Because COVID-19 changed everything, organizers converted this year’s festival into a drive-in with movies, music, comedy, and food from October 2 through 4 in Chinatown.

McDonald’s is testing a new system of reusable, returnable coffee cups

Fast Company 9/10

As part of the experiment in the U.K., you’ll be able to return the cup to McDonald’s when you’re done—or drop it off at a network of collection sites at places like supermarkets.

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