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The Daily Prep List: 10.15.20


What Is the Minimum Wage Really About?

The Wall Street Journal 10/13

The cost of living varies enormously across the country—ask anyone living in New York or San Francisco. These people likely need far more than $15 an hour to survive with one job. However, people living in many other places can do well enough on a lower minimum wage.

Food Industry Policy

Solano County legalized home food pop-ups. But 6 months later, chefs still can’t sell

San Francisco Chronicle 10/13

When Solano County approved a new California law that would legalize home-based kitchen operations in April, it seemed like Cheska Kistner’s plans to open a restaurant in her Benicia home would finally come to fruition. 

On the Side

Many Armenian Restaurants Raising Awareness About Conflict, Raising Money

NBC 4, 10/13

Some Armenian business owners in LA are calling attention to the conflict with Azerbaijan. Gordon Tokumtsu reported on NBC4 News on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020.

After A Pandemic Cease Fire, Mcdonald’s And Wendy’s Commence Their Breakfast Battle

Restaurant Business Online 10/13

The two fast-food chains start pushing for morning customers as their sales recover, but it remains a smaller market, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Number of Coffee Shops Set to Decline for the First Time in a Decade, Says Report

Food & Wine 10/13

The coronavirus pandemic has completely altered America’s business landscape, and that’s true for coffee shops as well. Whether it’s restrictions on holing up inside a coffee shop as your de facto office or no longer grabbing a coffee because you’re not commuting to your real office, people are still drinking coffee, but many of the rituals around the beverage have changed. As a result, coffee shops are being forced to either adapt or face closure.

National Chains Thrive, While Independent Restaurants Struggle

The Food Institute 10/13

Large chains have more flexibility both when it comes to moving money and locations around and in transitioning to delivery and curbside pickup. This ease of ordering means customers tend to think of them first.

Plexiglass Shields Are Everywhere, But It’s Not Clear How Much They Help

ABC 31, 10/13

Plexiglass shields have become ubiquitous at offices, grocery stores and restaurants across the country in the coronavirus age. They were even installed on the vice presidential debate stage last week. Given that they’re just about everywhere, you may wonder how effective they actually are.

Big Bad Breakfast CEO: The Morning Daypart is Bouncing Back

FSR Magazine Oct. 2020

In March, the COVID pandemic decimated the restaurant industry, resulting in major job loss. Travis Grappo, who was furloughed from his position as director of operations at Metro Diner, knows this firsthand.

Popeyes Keeps Double-Digit Sales Streak Alive

QSR Magazine Oct. 2020

Seven months into the COVID pandemic, Popeyes continues to see double-digit increases while Burger King crossed the positive sales threshold.

Inside the New Era for Drive Thru

QSR Magazine Oct. 2020

The brands that are emerging strongest from the coronavirus pandemic are those with drive thrus. Here’s what that means for the future of the restaurant industry. 

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