The good news is that overall inflation appears to be cooling down. Consumer prices remained unchanged in October from the previous month, according to the Labor Department’s consumer price index. But year-over-year data shows that prices for “food away from home,” which includes meals at restaurants, rose 5.4%. Prices at fast-food chains, specifically, went up 6.2%.
Nation’s Restaurant News 11/15
California’s minimum wage increase goes into effect in April, and some companies are preparing more pricing hikes, while others are looking at retention tactics and automation.
Food Industry Policy
Oakland Side 11/15
The law would forbid food vendors from providing single-use plastic items to guests dining in, and ban packaged water at city events and facilities.
Cap Radio 11/15
In 1956, refrigerator architecture got an overhaul, thanks to the Refrigerator Safety Act — also known as the “refrigerator death law.” Children were getting stuck inside fridges, which then had latches on the outside and a rubber seal locking in air, but no way to get out.
The safety act mandated that refrigerators must have the capability to be opened from the inside, punishable by a misdemeanor and a $1,000 fine or imprisonment up to a year.
On the Side
The Sacramento Bee 11/16
Want to know how to make Zócalo’s cilantro-lime rice, the Rind’s macaroni and cheese or the Shady Lady Saloon’s White Linen cocktail? Now, there’s a book for that.
CBS 8 11/15
A popular San Diego restaurant that has become a destination for Mexican food, drinks, and music has been suspended by California’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. King and Queen Cantina, located in Little Italy, has been issued a 25-day license suspension and forced to temporarily close due to excessive noise.