The Sacramento Bee 10/9
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed several new laws last month aimed at providing workers more rights and protections to help them navigate the coronavirus pandemic, rejecting appeals from business interests who said the bills will burden employers.
Food Industry Policy
Los Altos Town Crier 10/8
Santa Clara County announced last week that when it moves into the orange, or “moderate,” tier in the state’s new COVID-19 tier system for counties, restaurants can open indoors and indoor gatherings will be allowed.
Thanks to COVID, more people are interested in food entrepreneurship. A state law already makes it easier — Alameda County just hasn’t adopted it yet.
CBS, SF Bay Area 10/7
A cap of 15 percent for fees local restaurants pay online third-party ordering and delivery services during the COVID-19 pandemic was approved Tuesday night by the Walnut Creek City Council.
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The Spoon 10/8
Uber Eats today unveiled a newly revamped app and website the delivery service says will improve restaurant discoverability. According to a company blog post, this digital makeover will roll out “over the coming weeks.”
Modern Restaurant Management 10/8
Miso Robotics launched global commercial availability of the Flippy Robot-on-a-Rail (ROAR) – a zero-footprint, cost-efficient intelligent robotic kitchen assistant for the evolving commercial kitchen.
The Spoon 10/8
Grocery mega-retailer Kroger announced today it is launching ghost kitchens at two of its Kroger retail stores. The kitchens will be done in partnership with delivery-only restaurant service ClusterTruck and provide Kroger customers prepared meals free of delivery fees, according to a press release sent to The Spoon.
Eater, San Francisco 10/8
The immigrant-, women-, and BIPOC-focused kitchen incubator has handed out more than $750k to its members during the COVID-19 crisis.
McDonald’s said Thursday its U.S. same-store sales in the third quarter rose nearly 5% as customers ate more Big Macs and McNuggets for dinner.
Restaurant Business 10/7
Restaurants who received funding from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) may soon learn if their loans have been forgiven.