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The Daily Prep List: 10.23.20

Labor

Applebee’s Franchisee Revives Affirmative Defense in Wage Suits

Bloomberg 10/21

An Applebee’s restaurant franchisee in New York may defend itself against alleged tip-credit violations by showing it paid all wages owed to the 1,100-plus workers involved in the litigation, a federal judge in Brooklyn ruled Wednesday, breathing new life into a pair of lawsuits.

Opinion: $15 minimum wage would ruin economic recovery

The Detroit News 10/21

The coronavirus pandemic left millions jobless. Instead of getting Americans back to work, Democrats propose reviving the economy by more than doubling the minimum wage. A new analysis shows why this strategy will backfire. 

Food Industry Policy

Food Delivery Apps Play a Key Role in Expansion of Food Business

eNews 10/22

From DoorDash, GrubHub, and Uber Eats, to Delivery.com, FoodPanda, and HungryPanda, food delivery has come a long way. While there are thousands of tech innovations that people are thankful for, the food delivery app is by far the most loved convenience of them all. It eliminates the need for people to wait in long queues at the drive-through or head out for dinner after a tiring day at work.

Cap on food delivery app fees may remain until indoor dining allowed at full capacity

San Francisco Examiner 10/22

A 15 percent cap on the fees delivery apps charge restaurants per order could remain in place until two months after San Francisco allows indoor dining at 100 percent capacity.

On the Side

Famed taco shop Tuetano Taqueria pops up at Craft & Commerce

Pacific San Diego 10/22

Over the past three years, Priscilla Curiel’s bone marrow tacos at the Tuetano Taqueria in San Ysidro have landed on numerous “best taco” lists nationwide.

Coronavirus Has Closed One of the South Bay’s Best Japanese Restaurants

Eater LA 10/22

Three-year-old Umi by Hamasaku has closed in El Segundo. The restaurant, located at the Point shopping plaza, jumped onto the scene in the fall of 2017 as an upscale casual place for lots of seafood from star chef Yoya Takahashi. 

Meet the 24-year-old who’s tracking every broken McDonald’s ice-cream machine in the US

The Verge 10/22

We’ve all been there. You’re craving a McFlurry, or a Shamrock Shake. You drive to McDonald’s, excited to fill yourself up with cold and sugary goodness. But when you finally make it to the counter, you hear those dreaded, devastating words: “The ice cream machine is broken.”

Dining Al Fresco

North Bay Bohemian 10/21 

We have all noticed the “parklets” popping up in front of restaurants throughout the county.  Decorative wood lattice, elaborate custom-made planter boxes and strings of twinkly lights now bedeck many a Marin eatery that deftly pivoted to meet these changing Covid times. Here is a roundup of some favorites.

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