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The Daily Prep List: 11.24.20


Restaurant manager: ‘Devastating’ to furlough staff again

CNN 11/23

In-person dining in Los Angeles County, California, will be shut down as the five-day average of new Covid-19 cases has passed 4,000 daily cases, according to a press release from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. CNN’s Paul Vercammen spoke with restaurant manager Ellen Rehak about what this means for her staff.

No Federal Aid in Sight this Time Around

Restaurant Business Online 11/20

With state after state re-shutting dining rooms, restaurants are screaming for federal assistance to get them through the flashback to March and April. But the chances of getting a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or similar lifeline this time around look virtually nil for the short term, political authorities agree.

Food Industry Policy

Optimizing Your Restaurant for the Takeout Boom

QSR Magazine 11/23 

As consumers seek out more contactless dining options, restaurant drive-thrus and curbside delivery services are seeing a boost in popularity. According to research from The NPD Group, drive-thru visits increased by 26 percent in the second quarter of 2020 (April-June) and represented 42 percent of all restaurant visits during that time frame.

Washington State Caps Third-Party Delivery Fees At 15%

Restaurant Business Online 11/20

Washington state will cap the fees charged to restaurants by third-party delivery companies, becoming the first state to do so. The proclamation by Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday caps delivery fees at 15% of the order total, and total fees and commissions can be no higher than 18%. 

Running List of States Reshutting Dine-In Service Due to COVID-19 Spikes

FSR Magazine 11/20


On the Side

As COVID-19 Surges, LA County Shuts Down All Outdoor Restaurant Dining

Eater LA 11/22

Public health officials have announced that outdoor dining at restaurants across Los Angeles County will shut down on Wednesday, November 25. The modification of the county’s public health order was announced on Sunday, November 22, and takes effect on Wednesday at 10 p.m., after which restaurants will only be able to offer takeout meals or delivery. During this period, there will be no on-site dining of any kind, indoors or out, for at least three weeks.

How Porto’s bake-at-home goodies has kept popular bakery afloat

The Orange County Register 11/21

Whenever Porto’s Bakery and Cafe co-owner Betty Porto guest lectures entrepreneurial students at USC, she’s always asked the question, What were some of your biggest challenges?

Restaurants React to First Night of Curfew

NBC Los Angeles 11/21

Restaurants around the county are finding it harder and harder to survive the pandemic as the state imposes more restrictions.

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