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The Daily Prep List: 09.21.20


Judge Overturns Rule Preventing Franchise Employees From Holding Corporations Responsible

Eater 9/18

In January, the Department of Labor finalized new rules from the Trump administration that made it so franchise employee facing labor violations at businesses like McDonald’s or Subway could not hold corporations legally responsible for actions stemming from the franchise owner. 

Food Industry Policy

Indoor dining might resume by month’s end in S.F. Will it be enough to save struggling restaurants?

San Francisco Chronicle 9/18

San Francisco restaurants may once again welcome diners inside by the end of the month, Mayor London Breed said Friday, news that should please both struggling restaurateurs and people hungering for the experience of being served food at a table, complete with walls and ceiling.

Volunteer Shortage Snarls San Francisco’s Dining in the Streets Plan

Eater, San Francisco 9/18

Valencia Street is supposed to be closed on weekends so restaurants can place tables in the roadway, but that doesn’t always happen, the SF Business Times reports. Since the shuttered streets program needs volunteers to direct cars away from the closure, if no one is available to pitch in, the streets remain open.

On the Side

The Sacramento area’s second Shake Shack will open Monday. Here’s where

The Sacramento Bee 9/21

Shake Shack’s second area location will open in Roseville’s Westfield Galleria mall on Monday, a company spokesperson confirmed to The Sacramento Bee.

‘Karen’-Inspired Billboard Pops Up in SF To Call Out Rude Online Restaurant Reviewers

SFist 9/20

Bay Area eateries have been plagued by a recent onslaught of piss-poor reviews on sites like Yelp and Tripadvisor  — not related to food, mind you… but in regards to enforcing mandated COVID-19 safety measures and issues with third-party delivery drivers.

S.F. startup envisions future where all restaurant takeout containers are reusable

San Francisco Chronicle 9/19

For most Bay Area residents, the only way to get restaurant-quality food is to order takeout or delivery — and then toss the packaging.

The pandemic revealed a huge flaw in Chipotle’s restaurant assembly-line system

Business Insider 9/18

The chain said it realized it could be much more precise when it came to portion control now that most customers are ordering ahead via its app. 

What I learned from eating frozen food exclusively for two weeks

San Francisco Chronicle 9/18

It took weeks of eating frozen food for dinner for me, a professionally trained chef, to truly grasp how integral reading directions was to the task of getting food on the table in time, especially since I don’t have a microwave.

Consumers have mixed feelings about robots in restaurants

Restaurant Business 9/18

Diners see pros and cons, but ultimately view the technology as inevitable, a new study found.

McDonald’s Teaches Employees Travis Scott Catchphrases Because of TikTok Trend

Eater 9/17

Phrases include “Let’s keep this short and sweet. I think you know why we’re here,” “Cactus Jack sent me,” and “It’s lit, sicko mode.”

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