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The Daily Prep List: 09.30.20


San Diego Minimum Wage to Rise by $1 in 2021

Bloomberg 9/29

San Diego’s hourly minimum wage is to rise to $14 from $13 on Jan. 1, the state’s labor department said Sept. 28.

Food Industry Policy

Sacramento, Yolo restaurants can resume indoor dining. But will some remain closed?

The Sacramento Bee 9/30

The Pitts Stop closes at noon during the week. Otherwise, Denise Shelton’s staff would have been seating regulars inside on Tuesday. Shelton’s south Sacramento diner will open for indoor dining at 6 a.m. Wednesday after declining coronavirus cases dropped Sacramento and Yolo counties to the state’s “red tier” Tuesday.

S.F. to allow indoor dining Wednesday after moving to orange tier in state reopening system

San Francisco Chronicle 9/29

Sitting down at a table inside a restaurant for a meal, an everyday act that’s been forbidden by health orders in San Francisco for over six months, will be legal again Wednesday.

New $2.2 Trillion Stimulus Promises $120 Billion for Restaurants

FSR Magazine 9/29

A second major coronavirus stimulus act has been stuck in neutral. But House Democrats took another crack at a proposal Monday with an updated “Heroes Act” that would run $2.2 trillion, or $1.2 trillion less than the $3.4 trillion May Heroes Act. Notably, this updated version hangs a direct lifeline for restaurants.

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Spotting the Risks of Indoor Dining

The New York Times 9/29

Experts suggests signs to look for, and situations to avoid, as restaurants reopen.

Restaurants brace for long COVID-19 winter

The Hill 9/29

Restaurant groups are scrambling to secure funds to help an already hard-hit industry make the transition from summer to winter, when outdoor seating that helped many owners stay afloat during the pandemic will become much harder if not impossible to continue offering.

Pandemic forces a reckoning for restaurants coping with capacity limits and new consumer habits

CNBC 9/29

Heading into 2020, the restaurant industry was poised for another year of growth. One of operators’ biggest concerns was the shortage of workers to keep up with demand. Delivery was lifting revenue, although it remained a small part of the overall business. 

The Restaurant at Meadowood’s burning is a blow to Wine Country — and the food world at large

San Francisco Chronicle 9/29

After the three-Michelin-starred Restaurant at Meadowood was destroyed in the Glass Fire on Monday, remembrances from former staff members, restaurateurs and other culinary figures spread throughout social media, quickly making it clear that the St. Helena fine-dining destination held a pivotal position within American food culture.

Restaurant owners left reeling as Glass Fire devastates Wine Country

San Francisco Chronicle 9/29

With ash falling like snow, smoky skies, and famous wineries and restaurants reduced to rubble in the latest wildfire, some Wine Country restaurateurs are losing hope for any return to normalcy this year.

Protecting Your Restaurant From the Growing Threat of Cyberattacks

QSR Magazine Sep. 2020

Restaurants that are already fighting for survival during the pandemic are now facing an increased risk of being targeted by cybercriminals. Hackers have the hospitality industry in their sights. And now that thousands of restaurants have been forced to make hasty pivots to digital business models, they are more vulnerable than ever.

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