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The Daily Prep List: 12.14.20


Denver Restaurant Embraces ‘Living Wage Addition’ for Kitchen Staff

Our Community Now 12/11

All over the country, restaurants found creative ways to both pivot their dining operations and keep their staff paid. One restaurant in Denver has made a huge statement with its “Living Wage Addition”.

Co-owner of Cronies in Agoura Hills defies ban on outdoor dining to keep staff employed

Ventura County Star 12/11

The co-owner of Cronies Sports Grill in Agoura Hills has defied public health orders banning restaurant dining to make sure his staff and the store stay in business. 

Texas Roadhouse FLSA Suit By Tipped Workers Survives

Law360 12/11

Texas Roadhouse Management Corp. must continue to face a proposed collective action from tipped employees who accused the entity behind a steak restaurant chain of denying them minimum wage for untipped work, a Kentucky federal judge ruled.

Food Industry Policy

After latest shutdown order, many restaurants go into hibernation

The San Diego Union-Tribune 12/12

Some owners say they’re planning to keep their doors closed until the end of January, mid-February or even into early spring. Owners say they can’t operate successfully under the current restrictions and they’re exhausted by constantly having to revamp their menus, service plans and staffing as health orders change from month to month.

Bay Area diners are still eating outside restaurants, whether businesses want it or not

San Francisco Chronicle 12/12

The refusal to follow the strict new rules is a microcosm of the growing anger among Bay Area restaurateurs over the local and state response to the spread of COVID-19. In some cases, businesses aren’t flagrantly breaking the health orders but could be interpreted as bending the spirit of them.

Guy Fieri and many others hate outdoor restaurant ban. Here’s why some experts say it’s essential

Los Angeles Times 12/11

Restaurants have argued that public health officials have not provided evidence that outdoor dining spreads COVID-19 significantly and that they have taken precautions to make eating outdoors safe. They say they are being treated unfairly, especially considering that shopping malls remain open as well as many indoor businesses.

On the Side

Fast-food chains are vultures feasting on the carcasses of independent restaurants. But, the American government killed those mom-and-pop businesses in the first place.

Business Insider 12/13

Analysts say that fast food chains will likely benefit from the $39 billion in sales linked to tens of thousands of restaurants closing across the US. But the federal government is to blame for its failure to save these restaurants — not fast-food chains. 


Restaurant Business Online 12/11

The third-party delivery company already has a higher market value than all but McDonald’s and Starbucks, says RB’s The Bottom Line.


VegOut Magazine 12/11

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