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The Daily Prep List 5.16.2023


The Restaurant Service Charge Isn’t Going Anywhere

New York Times 5/15

Here’s a familiar restaurant scene: Dinner is over, the plates have been cleared and the server discreetly drops the bill on the table.

California Fast Food Franchise Owners Say Proposed Law Would Kill Their Businesses

San Diego Voice & Viewpoint 5/15

Nathan Carter wore numerous hats while working at McDonald’s restaurants. Eventually, he became the owner of several locations of the fast-food business in Los Angeles.

Food Industry Policy

Regulators say loans to franchisees, even by franchisors, are subject to federal credit rules

Restaurant Business 5/16

Any entity providing loans to franchisees—including franchisors themselves—is subject to federal rules protecting borrowers from discrimination in credit decisions, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said in a three-page report this week.

City Launches Restaurant Program To Incentivize The Switch To Resuable Foodware


In an effort to reduce waste, Mayor London Breed and city environment officials launched a program on Friday that incentivizes restaurants to invest in reusable foodware and utensils.

On the Side

The Cheesecake Factory Owns Way More Restaurants Than You Knew

The Takeout 5/15

Given the sheer size of its menu, The Cheesecake Factory easily has enough dishes to split into three separate restaurants.

From barbecue to billions and billions served: McDonald’s turns 75

The Mercury News 5/15

On May 15, 1948, the McDonald brothers opened their revamped restaurant in San Bernardino. Over the past 75 years, McDonald’s has become the largest fast-food chain in the world.

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