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The Daily Prep List 6.26.2023


Why are restaurants sneaking in service charges? They say they have no choice

FOX5 6/25

(NEXSTAR) – In case your $20 salad and $15 cocktail weren’t expensive enough, your restaurant tab might have a few more line items tacked on.

Diners are more frequently encountering service charges, a fee added to their bill that doesn’t always count as tip. Diners Are Losing Patience With Restaurant Service—and There’s No Quick Fix

Wall Street Journal 6/25

Americans are becoming fed up with lousy service while eating out.

Food Industry Policy

The Cashless Ban: San Francisco’s Continued Folly

California Globe 6/24

Back in 2019, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance banning nearly all “cashless” stores, or those that only accept credit cards, debit cards, and other virtual payments while not accepting cash.

Debate continues over parklets

Santa Barbara News-Press 6/24

Did you know construction is alive and well at the Central Library? City of Santa Barbara staff didn’t know this until Tuesday’s unexpected meeting on what to do with parklets.

On the Side

2 longtime restaurants close in San Pedro — but new operators are being sought

Daily Breeze 6/26

Two of San Pedro’s favorite legacy restaurants announced closures this summer — but both are being eyed to reopen under new operators.

Inside Sweetgreen’s first automated location — and the salad chain’s plans to take the tech nationwide

CNBC 6/24

In early May, Sweetgreen opened its first automated location, in the Chicago suburb of Naperville, Illinois.

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