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The Daily Prep List: 12.16.20


Restaurant Servers’ Tips Suit Can Proceed, Pa. Judge Says

Law360 12/15

Servers for a Northeast restaurant chain cannot move forward with their claims that the company failed to give notice about a tip-credit system, but they can proceed as a collective on claims the chain underpaid them for untipped work, a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Monday.

Restaurant workers say confronting customers over Covid protocols brings harassment and smaller tips

BizWomen 12/15

During the Covid-19 pandemic, food service workers aren’t just at greater risk of contracting the virus: A new report illustrates the alarming increase in hostility and sexual harassment these workers face from customers, many of whom are tipping less.

Pandemic Means More Sex Harassment, Less Tips for Restaurant, Bar Workers; Seek Higher Minimum Wage

WAER 12/15

Restaurant and other tipped workers are facing increasing harassment and more threats to their incomes, according to a new study by a labor group.  They seek better conditions and a living wage for the group embattled by the coronavirus pandemic.

Food Industry Policy

Green Tracker: How food delivery is getting a sustainability makeover

Restaurant Hospitality 12/15

As safe, contactless delivery continues to grow in importance during the pandemic, the use and disposal of to-go packaging is becoming a source of mounting concern.

3 Lessons For Restaurants Looking To The Future

The Hill 7/17

While the pandemic has been devastating for restaurants, it has also shined a spotlight on the ingenuity and resilience of the restaurant community.

Local Restaurants Now Required To Offer Healthy Beverages To Kids

WCBE 12/15

The City of Columbus is now requiring restaurants to make healthy drinks such as water, low-fat milk and 100 percent fruit juice the default options offered with child meals. The order will be enforced by Columbus Public Health. 

On the Side

From science to reality: What approval of cell-based meat means for the industry

Food Dive 12/15

The announcement earlier this month that Eat Just’s cultured chicken had received regulatory approval in Singapore took a huge step to legitimize the cell-based meat industry. What was once seemingly science fiction is now something that consumers will be able to eat.

Bay Area Specialty’s Cafe & Bakery restaurants reopening under this tasty new concept

The Mercury News 12/15

Back in May, the restaurant chain known for its breakfast and lunch crowds shuttered all 50 restaurants nationwide as a result of the pandemic. Now, C3 or Creating Culinary Communities is revitalizing 22 former Specialty’s locations — including 10 in Northern California — with the introduction of EllaMia, a shared digital kitchen platform and café concept in partnership with Italian coffee maker Lavazza.

Grilled Cheese Specialists Add South Bay Shop

Eater San Diego 12/14

Grater Grilled Cheese, which started out as a food truck in 2011 before establishing its first storefront in 2014, has just expanded to Chula Vista where its latest eatery has opened in the Otay Ranch community in the Millenia Commons shopping center.

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