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    “The food industry stopped at taste for too long,” says Sara Brito, co-founder and president of the Good Food Media Network. She believes that every bite of food is a product of an interconnected system: While taste is important, the land, plants and animals, farmers and fishermen, purveyors, chefs and restaurant workers must also be compensated and considered. Brito hopes to support this shift in perspective through the nonprofit’s annual Good Food 100 Restaurants List and Industry Impact Report. The 2020 list, released on September 21, seeks to make the purchasing practices of participating chefs and restaurants transparent and recognizes their commitment to buying good food and sourcing sustainably. This year, 131 restaurants from around the country participated, and 38...
    WASHINGTON - U.S. restaurants are moving warily into fall, hoping their slow recovery persists despite the new challenge of chilly weather and a pandemic that's expected to claim even more lives. New York opens indoor dining on Wednesday, restricting capacity to 25%. San Francisco may do the same as early as this week. Chicago is raising its indoor capacity from 25% to 40% on Thursday, but says restaurants still can't seat more than 50 people in one room. It's a dose of reality for an industry that was able to stem at least some of its losses by pivoting to outdoor dining this summer, setting up tables and chairs on sidewalks and parking lots and offering some semblance of...
    U.S. restaurants are moving warily into fall, hoping their slow recovery persists despite the new challenge of chilly weather and a pandemic that's expected to claim even more lives. New York opens indoor dining on Wednesday, restricting capacity to 25%. San Francisco may do the same as early as this week. Chicago is raising its indoor capacity from 25% to 40% on Thursday, but says restaurants still can’t seat more than 50 people in one room. It's a dose of reality for an industry that was able to stem at least some of its losses by pivoting to outdoor dining this summer, setting up tables and chairs on sidewalks and parking lots and offering some semblance of normalcy. But as...
    By DEE-ANN DURBIN, AP Business Writer U.S. restaurants are moving warily into fall, hoping their slow recovery persists despite the new challenge of chilly weather and a pandemic that's expected to claim even more lives. New York opens indoor dining on Wednesday, restricting capacity to 25%. San Francisco may do the same as early as this week. Chicago is raising its indoor capacity from 25% to 40% on Thursday, but says restaurants still can’t seat more than 50 people in one room. It's a dose of reality for an industry that was able to stem at least some of its losses by pivoting to outdoor dining this summer, setting up tables and chairs on sidewalks and parking lots and offering...
    ANDERSONVILLE — A coronavirus testing site will open for restaurant and bar industry workers in Andersonville Wednesday. The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce is hosting the free testing event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Philadelphia Church on Clark Street, 5437 N. Clark St. Industry workers will need to bring their state identification card or drivers license and insurance card. There will be no cost for those with health insurance, and those without can get a free test courtesy of the Federal Cares Act. LabTech Diagnostics will provide nasal swab testing at the site. The free testing comes as the city is set to roll back restrictions on bar and restaurant capacity. Bars can reopen...
    New York City’s restaurant industry held a wake for itself Monday —complete with a white coffin and bagpipes — to protest COVID-19 restrictions. During the event, more than 200 chanting, sign-waving restaurant owners and workers marched on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Manhattan office, urging him to take more action to help them. “We’re not surviving, we’re dying,’’ said Patrick McNamee, who owns the Mean Fiddler in Times Square and several other eateries. “By Jan. 1, I guarantee you that 60 to 65 percent of the restaurants [in the city] are finished.” The group is demanding that indoor dining be immediately expanded to 50 percent capacity and then to 100 percent by Thanksgiving, as well as for Cuomo to push for...
    New York City’s restaurant industry held a wake for itself Monday —complete with a white coffin and bagpipes — to protest COVID-19 restrictions. During the event, more than 200 chanting, sign-waving restaurant owners and workers marched on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Manhattan office, urging him to take more action to help them. “We’re not surviving, we’re dying,’’ said Patrick McNamee, who owns the Mean Fiddler in Times Square and several other eateries. “By Jan. 1, I guarantee you that 60 to 65 percent of the restaurants [in the city] are finished.” The group is demanding that indoor dining be immediately expanded to 50 percent capacity and then to 100 percent by Thanksgiving, as well as for Cuomo to push for federal...
    Restaurants were not made for fighting. In recent months, there have been several incidents involving restaurant workers and customers who are angry over certain regulations that have been added since the coronavirus pandemic struck. Now, in an effort to protect employees, restaurants have been provided with training specifically designed to deescalate these situations. The National Restaurant Association released a series of training videos through its ServSafe brand. (iStock) The National Restaurant Association released a series of training videos through its ServSafe brand. These courses are designed specifically to handle customers who are upset by COVID-19 requirements. On its website, ServSafe writes, “For 30 years, ServSafe has been at the forefront of preparing restaurant and foodservice workers to deliver safe...
    Restaurant workers are now training on how to avoid a fight or confrontations with customers during the coronavirus pandemic. The National Restaurant Association released a series of free online videos to restaurant and hospitality workers on how to de-escalate conflicts with customers. Service workers have often become the target of angry customers since the restrictions on how to eat and shop have been put in place during the pandemic. The videos demonstrate how to handle several scenarios, including customers who refuse to wear face masks, how to deal with a fight between two people as well as how to handle people filming confrontations on their phones. The guidance comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released strategies to...
    Restaurant representatives painted a grim picture of their sector in testimony before a congressional panel on Friday as they asked lawmakers for additional relief for their industry. “We need help, like, yesterday,” said Sondra Bernstein, owner of The Girl and The Fig in Sonoma, California. Her restaurant has served 100,000 fewer customers compared to the same time frame last year, she said. The drought of business forced her to lay off 170 staff members. “If we rewind to just prior to the start of the pandemic, we had a roster of over 240 employees,” she said. Saru Jayaraman, who runs One Fair Wage, which advocates for restaurant workers, said some laid-off restaurants have been forced from their...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Struggling restaurants in New York City may soon be able to institute a surcharge to diners to help recoup some of the losses they and workers suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City Council approved on Wednesday legislation (Intro. 823) that would enable all New York City restaurants to institute a 10% surcharge on each bill which would remain in effect until 90 days after all eateries are cleared to reopen at full capacity. Some advocates expressed concern that the temporary surcharge would cut into tips left by customers for restaurant waiters, cooks and other staff. In response, City Council Speaker...
    Eating out in the Big Apple could soon cost diners 10 percent more — but local legislators who support the temporary surcharge say its crucial to keeping restaurants in business during the coronavirus pandemic. “This bill fundamentally is about saving the restaurant industry,” said Councilman Joe Borelli (R-Staten Island) who sponsored the legislation that’s scheduled for a vote Wednesday. “We’re trying to give restaurants the option of adding a surcharge to let their customers know they need to raise a little bit more money to make their ends meet,” Borelli said, noting that more and more eateries are closing down daily because they can’t afford to operate under coronavirus-related restrictions. “Outdoor dining and limited capacity indoor dining are helpful, but not...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – There’s been a plea for for help on the road to reopening. Restaurant industry workers and leaders rallied outside City Hall Monday morning. They say outdoor dining and reduced capacity indoor dining won’t be enough to keep them in business. They’re calling on local lawmakers for comprehensive support and guidance to save the industry. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Tri-State Coronavirus Travel Advisory Quarantine List Resources, Hotlines, Unemployment & Covering Bills Remote Learning Tools For Parents Teaching At Home CBS2’s Dr. Max Answers Your Health Questions What To Do If Someone Isn’t Social Distancing Or Wearing A Mask? Expert: Parents Be Mindful Of Children’s Stress After Months Of Isolation Chopper 2 Over Empty NYC Streets, Landmarks Complete Coronavirus...
    With some New York City restaurant employees being out of work for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many are flocking to the nearby suburbs on Long Island in an effort to find work. While restaurants statewide have largely been permitted to reopen for indoor dining - with strict restrictions in place - it will still be weeks before New York City eateries are permitted to open their doors back up. In response to the work shortage, many restaurant workers have reportedly been flooding Long Island - namely in the affluent East End - looking for jobs during the pandemic. Many restaurants have been forced to close due to COVID-19, exacerbating the problem, though there may be an end...
    Unemployed city restaurant workers are banging down doors to find work in the Hamptons as the dining scene there explodes thanks to fleeing Manhattanites. But working in the luxurious beach hamlets also presents a unique set of hardships, especially for restaurant workers with young children and apartments in NYC. Felix, who asked that his surname be withheld, lost his job in March as a waiter at Serafina, a trendy Italian eatery on the Upper East Side. He didn’t qualify for unemployment insurance, and it wasn’t until July that he found work again as restaurants on the Long Island shore reopened their doors. He’s now earning more than he did in the city — but at the cost of spending...
    Unemployed city restaurant workers are banging down doors to find work in the Hamptons as the dining scene there explodes thanks to fleeing Manhattanites. But working in the luxurious beach hamlets also presents a unique set of hardships, especially for restaurant workers with young children and apartments in NYC. Felix, who asked that his surname be withheld, lost his job in March as a waiter at Serafina, a trendy Italian eatery on the Upper East Side. He didn’t qualify for unemployment insurance, and it wasn’t until July that he found work again as restaurants on the Long Island shore reopened their doors. He’s now earning more than he did in the city — but at the cost of spending time...
    Restaurant workers and their supporters gather at Malcolm X Park in Northwest D.C. on Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. (Courtesy Sara DuBois) Demonstrators turned out in D.C.’s Malcolm X Park on Labor Day, rallying to remind everyone that the COVID-19 pandemic is especially hard on restaurant workers — some of whom are fearful of the health risks they are facing and the economic uncertainty that lies ahead. Under sunny skies Monday, the crowd listened to speakers and occasionally chanted, “People power” and “Restaurant owners shame on you, food workers have rights, too.” Restaurant workers who spoke out told the crowd that the work was especially hard these days, with extra walking to reach outdoor tables, hot weather and...
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — It was a busy Taco Tuesday at Midnight Sun Brewing Co. in Anchorage, Alaska — a blessing these days at any restaurant — when a guy at a table with three buddies wanted to chat with their waitress. “I wasn’t totally paying attention, to be honest,” lead server Angelina Backus recalled. “And then all of a sudden he pulled out his wallet and he’s pulling out five $100 bills.” The conversation that customer Jack Little was trying to have with Backus was about the Venmo Challenge, a social media trend in which people around the country use the online payment app to send money to a friend, who builds up a bankroll for big tips. “It was...
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — It was a busy Taco Tuesday at Midnight Sun Brewing Co. in Anchorage, Alaska — a blessing these days at any restaurant — when a guy at a table with three buddies wanted to chat with their waitress. “I wasn’t totally paying attention, to be honest,” lead server Angelina Backus recalled. “And then all of a sudden he pulled out his wallet and he’s pulling out five $100 bills.” The conversation that customer Jack Little was trying to have with Backus was about the Venmo Challenge, a social media trend in which people around the country use the online payment app to send money to a friend, who builds up a bankroll for big tips. “It was...
    LOGAN SQUARE — Laid-off restaurant workers set up a free coffee stand near the Logan Square Monument called the “Can’t Pay Cafe” on Wednesday, part of an effort to highlight the mounting financial crisis service industry workers are facing in the coronavirus pandemic. The group that launched the cafe, called Chicago Restaurant Workers, is calling on the federal government to extend the extra $600-per-month unemployment benefits expired at the end of July. Congress has failed to reach a deal and renew the payment program much to the disappointment of unemployed workers and workers rights advocates. “If the benefits aren’t extended, people aren’t going to be able to pay rent, keep the lights on,” said Chris King, a furloughed Lula Cafe worker...
    PUB and restaurant workers in Middlesbrough have been warned to wear facemasks or face being publicly named and shamed. Mayor Andy Preston hit out after being shocked at the number of people in the town centre flouting coronavirus social distancing “unchallenged”. 2Middlesbrough mayor Andy Preston has threatened to 'name and shame' those who flout social distancingCredit: North News and Pictures He told a virtual council meeting: “If people aren’t doing that [wearing a mask], as I can’t force them, I want to know why and I’m happy to name and shame them.” The mayor also urged locals to be responsible as he warned the town is “on the fringe of something serious”, after cases of covid-19 spiked in recent days,...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Unemployed restaurant workers fighting for benefits used free coffee to help get their message out today. The “Can’t Pay Cafe” set up shop in Logan Square Park, handing out free coffee and free food. Out of work restaurant workers used the pop-up shop to raise awareness about their struggle to pay the bills. Organizers are calling on lawmakers to extend the federal government’s extra $600 a week in unemployment benefits during the pandemic.
    Restaurant workers and diners have learned to adapt with the ever-changing outdoor dining scene. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images Insider spoke with staff at New York City's Golden Diner to ask for their tips on what restaurant customers can do to be more considerate while eating out. They encourage diners to look out for signs indicating a restaurant's rules, always wear a mask when approaching an employee, and to expect changes in protocol. While it's not required by many restaurants, the team members told Insider they appreciate when customers put their masks on any time they're interacting with staff.  They ask that customers be kind and remember everyone is trying their best, and to tip what they can. Visit Insider's...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City By Annette Alcala I’ve worked as a bartender for the last 6 years. It is my chosen profession. There are millions like me who love this industry but were left with nothing when the pandemic shut us down. We love this industry, but it must change.  That’s why I’m joining dozens of my peers in the first national tipped workers’ strike to demand a full minimum wage with tips on top. NYC and Chicago went on strike today, but many more cities plan to follow soon. We need legislators to hear us: if we don’t get a full fair wage with...
    The new Nando’s will employ about 40 people. (Courtesy Nando’s Peri-Peri) Nando’s Peri-Peri will open its newest D.C.-area location in Prince George’s County, Maryland, in early October. It’s at the Woodmore Towne Centre, in Glenarden, and will be Nando’s 31st location in the Washington and Baltimore areas, where most of its U.S. locations are located. There are 12 other Nando’s locations in the Chicago area, their only other U.S. market. The chain also has about 50 locations in Canada. The South African-based grilled chicken chain opened its first U.S. restaurant in D.C.’s Chinatown in 2008. Nando’s now has 1,000 workers in the D.C. area, and will hire at least 40 more for its new Prince George’s County location. None of...
    Chick-fil-A has set an opening date for its new Central Jersey location and plans on hiring 110 team members. The South Plainfield restaurant, complete with a drive-thru, will open Thursday on Stelton Road. The restaurant will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday, for curbside pickup and drive-thru services only. The restaurant will be providing free Chick-fil-A meals for a year to 100 local heroes making an impact in the community.  The store is owned and operated by William Bridges. "When I was young, my grandmother started a nonprofit that served Thanksgiving meals to senior citizens in D.C.,” Bridges said. “In our family, we served others in our community before we had our own family dinner. ...
    It’s the broom squad to the rescue. With the Upper West Side besieged by quality of life complaints, locals are fighting back. Staffers at three UWS restaurants are being dispatched  to literally sweep the streets. “It’s gotten bad the past month. Sometimes it looks like a garbage dump,” said 36-year-old John Tsiamtsiouris, co-owner of City Diner, Metro Diner and Manhattan Diner, of the neighborhood. So for the past week, he and his employees met each morning to pick up litter on Broadway from 90th to 100th streets. “We’re doing something to try to make it better,” said Tsiamtsiouris, who lives on 96th street and whose family has owned diners in the neighborhood for three decades.  “Maybe others will jump in...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has put tens of thousands of jobs in the food and beverage sector at risk in Cook County.But a Houston-based foundation is about to inject some much-needed hope, and a lot of money, into efforts to help support that community with not only financial grants, but also employment.The Southern Smoke Foundation was set up by Houston Chef Chris Shepherd after Hurricane Harvey left thousands of restaurant workers unemployed. They've had a national relief fund since then, but this new donation establishes a permanent fund now dedicated to helping Chicago restaurant workers.Up until recently, Southern Smoke's national emergency relief fund had only handed out about two dozen grants to Chicagoans, totaling around $46,000. Many more...
    Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Almost 2,000 airport restaurant workers who were furloughed in March because of the coronavirus pandemic have been notified that they face permanent layoffs by mid-October. In letters sent last week by HMSHost, 782 restaurant workers at Orlando International Airport — more than 90% of workers — were informed of the pending layoffs, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Another 1,119 airport restaurant workers in Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach and Miami are also slated for layoffs, They haven't been paid since mid-March, and in June their benefits were suspended. HMSHost is one of the largest operators of airport concessions in the United States. The company said the “unfortunate reality is that it is going to take a...
    OAKLAND (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area judge has ordered a McDonald’s restaurant in Oakland that was hit by a coronavirus outbreak that workers claim infected 35 people to follow increased health and safety protocols to help stop the spread of the virus. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Richard Seabolt has issued a preliminary injunction against the owners of the McDonald’s at 4514 Telegraph Ave., imposing 11 measures that include providing “adequate and sufficient masks” and gloves to employees, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. RELATED: Oakland McDonald’s Workers File Lawsuit Over Working Conditions During COVID-19 Outbreak The fast-food restaurant shut down on May 26 after 20 employees refused to report for work because of what they considered unsafe working...
    A woman holds up a banner during a "Strike for Black Lives" rally in New York City. The SEIU union held a socially distanced rally and press event demanding passage of the HEROES Act and calling out 121 days without essential pay. by Fatima Goss Graves, Shannon Williams, and Angie Jean-Marie The history of New York City, and thus New York state, is bound up with the history of Black Americans—for better or worse. Some of the very first enslaved African people were brought to what was then New Amsterdam, where they were sold at what was the first slave auction in what would become the United States. Although New York would go on to abolish slavery and become...
    BUCKTOWN — Employees at popular Bucktown restaurant Etta are raising the alarm after multiple coworkers tested positive for COVID-19. Employees, who spoke to Block Club on the condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation, said at least three workers have tested positive for coronavirus at the 1840 W. North Ave. location since last Wednesday. An additional two workers were awaiting results Friday. In a statement provided to Block Club, co-owner David Pisor acknowledged the restaurant has had “a few” COVID cases but he refused to disclose how many or when those workers became infected. Pisor said the company has experienced some false positive results, but would not elaborate further. Staffers told Block Club they’re concerned about their own...
    Starting this Wednesday, August 12, Miami-Dade County will be offering financial assistance for those restaurant and bar workers who remain unemployed due to the coronavirus. If you work in a county restaurant, bar or hospitality business and are still unemployed by the pandemic, you can apply for financial aid that could amount to $ 500. From noon you can request assistance on the following website: https://corporate.sobewff.org/mdc-relief/ This initiative approved by Miami-Dade County officials and also federally funded through the CARES program hopes to alleviate expenses and help thousands of unemployed during this economic crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program expects to provide about $ 30 million to those who have lost their jobs in the county’s...
    Assaulting a retail or restaurant worker who is enforcing mask requirements in Illinois has become a more serious offense. Gov. J.B. Pritzker approved the bill on Friday, which declares the “battery of a merchant is aggravated battery,” according to the Illinois General Assembly website. Aggravated battery is considered a felony in Illinois, according to FindLaw.com. THE MOST AND LEAST EFFECTIVE CORONAVIRUS FACE MASKS, ACCORDING TO NEW STUDY The law is intended to specifically protect workers at restaurants, grocery stores and other retailers who are “conveying public health guidance, such as requiring patrons to wear face-coverings or promoting social distancing,” a release about the new law said. The law is intended to specifically protect workers at restaurants, grocery stores and other retailers....
    Photo by Michael M. SinclairA Thursday executive order signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis lifted the requirement of restaurant employees to pass two coronavirus tests before returning to work. This amendment marks a significant change to the March 17 executive order, which authorized the Department of Business and Regulation to prohibit any employee who meets “criteria indicative of concerns related to COVID-19” from returning to work unless two negative test results are shown to the employer, according to the order.  Replacing the test results are “employee screening protocols” based on suggestions by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention.  The current screening protocols mentioned in the order asks employers to “actively encourage employees who are sick or have recently had close...
    Rob Lynch, CEO of Papa John's Pizza.Anjali Sundaram | CNBC Papa John's is continuing its record growth streak as the pandemic shifts consumer buying habits with more Americans staying in and ordering food. May was the best month in the company's history, with same-store sales up 33.5%. On Thursday, the company reported second-quarter North American system-wide comparable sales of 28% and an International comparable sales increase of 5.3% in the second quarter. For July, preliminary same-store sales rose nearly 31%. President and CEO Rob Lynch said 70% of orders are coming in digitally, with mobile being its fastest-growing platform. Over the last three months, Papa John's has added 3 million new customers. Lynch said customers are ordering more...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Jobless restaurant workers are rallying around the U.S. Thursday in protest of the elimination of the extra $600 unemployment benefit. Starting this week, those on unemployment are seeing a much smaller check, as the added $600 federal benefit on top of the state benefit is now gone. Many unemployed restaurant workers say this will result in more evictions, more poverty and a downturn in economic spending. On Thursday afternoon, a group of these workers held a rally in front of Sen. Ted Cruz’s office in Dallas. Democrats are pushing for an extension of the $600 benefits through the end of the year, and, while most Republicans are on board with extending the payment, Republicans are proposing reducing...
    LISA Vanderpump has reportedly been sued by a former employee of her West Hollywood restaurant SUR for allegedly failing to pay her staff.  The 59-year-old Bravo star and her business partner husband Ken Todd were accused of breaking multiple California labor laws in a new class action lawsuit, according to E! News. 1Lisa has allegedly been sued for not paying employees at VPR restaurant, SURCredit: Bravo On July 31, Olivia Beverly Hanson filed a lawsuit on behalf of herself and other co-workers, the outlet claimed. Court documents obtained by the publication allege the couple “failed to pay workers minimum and overtime wages, provide proper meal and rest breaks, provide accurate wage statements or provide workers with pay stubs at the end...
    Herman Cain, then-president of the National Restaurant Association, enjoys a plate of nachos at a restaurant in 1998. Michael S. Green/AP For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.Herman Cain, who died this week of COVID-19, lived quite a life: He was a fast-food magnate, a zealously anti–immigrant presidential candidate, a staunch supporter of Donald Trump to the very end, and more. But his accomplishment with the most lasting impact happened during his days as the number-one lobbyist for the restaurant industry. During the 1990s, as president of the National Restaurant Association—an outfit representing mainly chain restaurants—Cain transformed the NRA “from a sleepy little trade association to earning a spot in Forbes magazine’s 1997 Survey of Washington’s 25...
    HONG KONG – Hong Kong authorities on Thursday opened 19 community centers for residents to eat inside after a virus-induced ban on indoor dining at restaurants forced many workers to have their meals outside on pavements under sweltering heat and rain. The restaurant ban, which took effect on Wednesday, barred any outlet from allowing dine-in patrons to curb the spread of COVID-19, an unprecedented move in the financial hub where hundreds of thousands depend on eating out for daily meals. Construction and office workers were seen across the city trying to find shade as they ate their noodle and rice lunch boxes in temperatures of up to 35 degrees Celsius (95°F). Others opted to eat inside storerooms or even toilets,...
    HONG KONG – Hong Kong authorities on Thursday opened 19 community centers for residents to eat inside after a virus-induced ban on indoor dining at restaurants forced many workers to have their meals outside on pavements under sweltering heat and rain. The restaurant ban, which took effect on Wednesday, barred any outlet from allowing dine-in patrons to curb the spread of COVID-19, an unprecedented move in the financial hub where hundreds of thousands depend on eating out for daily meals. Construction and office workers were seen across the city trying to find shade as they ate their noodle and rice lunch boxes in temperatures of up to 35 degrees Celsius (95°F). Others opted to eat inside storerooms or even toilets,...
    Photo by Michael M. SinclairGov. Ron DeSantis is looking to “tweak” one of his coronavirus orders so restaurant wait staff and non-health care workers can get back on the job quicker after testing positive for COVID-19. Meanwhile, his top business regulator continues to plan meetings with craft brewers and bar owners about reopening. With the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday putting out new symptom-based testing guidance for non-health care workplaces during the pandemic, DeSantis said he will look to update a March executive order that included restaurants. “We knew that (the test) could catch a dead virus for a decent amount of time. CDC said that could be up to 12 weeks, an infection can be...
    HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong authorities on Thursday opened 19 community centres for residents to eat inside after a virus-induced ban on indoor dining at restaurants forced many workers to have their meals outside on pavements under sweltering heat and rain. The restaurant ban, which took effect on Wednesday, barred any outlet from allowing dine-in patrons to curb the spread of COVID-19, an unprecedented move in the financial hub where hundreds of thousands depend on eating out for daily meals. Construction and office workers were seen across the city trying to find shade as they ate their noodle and rice lunch boxes in temperatures of up to 35 degrees Celsius (95°F). Others opted to eat inside storerooms or even...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Governor Ron DeSantis is looking to “tweak” one of his coronavirus orders so restaurant wait staff and non-health care workers can get back on the job quicker after testing positive for COVID-19. Meanwhile, his top business regulator continues to plan meetings with craft brewers and bar owners about reopening. With the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday putting out new symptom-based testing guidance for non-health care workplaces during the pandemic, DeSantis said he will look to update a March executive order that included restaurants. “We knew that (the test) could catch a dead virus for a decent amount of time. CDC said that could be up to 12 weeks, an infection can be 12...
    A "Now Hiring" sign is displayed outside a Papa John's International Inc. pizza restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky.Luke Sharrett | Bloomberg | Getty Images Papa John's on Monday announced it would hire 10,000 more workers as it tries to meet surging demand for its pizzas.  Consumers who are sheltering in place are ordering more Papa John's food during the coronavirus pandemic. During the three months ended June 28, the pizza chain's North American same-store sales soared 28%, according to its preliminary estimates.  The company recently added 20,000 employees. At the end of 2019, it had 16,500 employees, according to its annual report. Papa John's is not the only large restaurant chain to announce hiring plans amid widespread unemployment. Rival pizza chains...
    EAST VILLAGE, Manhattan -- Actor Kelsey Grammer's daughter was one of two people injured in a slashing outside a restaurant in NYC late Friday.According to witnesses, the incident started when an intoxicated man approached workers at a Manhatten restaurant on 2nd Ave. just before 11:30 p.m. and demanded to be served.The workers refused to serve him a drink, which angered the man, and that's when 36-year-old Spencer Grammer and a 32-year-old man she was with attempted to diffuse the tense situation, sources tell our sister station WABC. The suspect slashed the 32-year-old man in the back and Grammer in the arm with an unidentified sharp instrument."He was definitely too intoxicated and he took his actions from one thing to another...
    EAST VILLAGE, Manhattan (WABC) -- Actor Kelsey Grammer's daughter was one of two people injured in a slashing outside a restaurant in the East Village late Friday, sources tell Eyewitness News.According to witnesses, the incident started when an intoxicated man approached workers at a restaurant on 2nd Ave. just before 11:30 p.m. and demanded to be served.The workers refused to serve him a drink, which angered the man, and that's when 36-year-old Spencer Grammer and a 32-year-old man she was with attempted to diffuse the tense situation.RELATED | Teen critical after stabbing following car crash in BrooklynThe suspect slashed the 32-year-old man in the back and Grammer in the arm with an unidentified sharp instrument."He was definitely too intoxicated and...
    EAST VILLAGE, Manhattan (WABC) -- A couple is recovering from their injuries after they were slashed outside a restaurant in the East Village late Friday.The incident was reported outside a restaurant on 1st Street and Second Avenue just before midnight.According to witnesses, the incident started when an intoxicated man approached restaurant workers and demanded to be served.The workers refused to serve him a drink, which angered the man, and that's when the couple attempted to defuse the tense situation.RELATED | Teen critical after stabbing following car crash in BrooklynThe man was slashed in the back and the woman was slashed in the arm.The good Samaritans, believed to be in their 20s, were treated and released from Bellevue Hospital.The suspect ran...
    DENVER (CBS4/AP) – A crowd of restaurant workers are calling on Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner to support a new COVID-19 relief package. The group marched on Friday from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment to Gardner’s office in Denver. (credit: CBS) The current $600 federal unemployment benefit is set to expire on July 31. The group held a mock funeral procession, calling the benefit a matter of life and death. Negotiations over the next COVID-19 rescue bill are in flux. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sent senators home for the weekend, promising a Republican proposal would be ready on Monday. (credit: CBS) Outraged Democrats warned that time is being wasted on GOP infighting as the virus worsens. One sticking point...
    By PAUL WISEMAN, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Restaurants helped revive the U.S. economy after the Great Recession of 2007-2009. This time? Don't count on it. As the nation struggles to rebound from a now-resurgent coronavirus, restaurants seem much less likely to deliver an economic boost. They’ve suffered a heavy blow from lockdowns and occupancy restrictions, and it’s unclear how readily Americans will return en masse to dining out. Consider the Barrel Room, a San Francisco wine bar and restaurant whose owner cautiously reopened this month, hoping to salvage as much of 2020 as possible. To stay afloat after a lockdown took effect in March, the restaurant tried selling groceries and delivering alcoholic drinks to customers. Owner Sarah Trubnick...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Restaurants helped revive the U.S. economy after the Great Recession of 2007-2009. This time? Don’t count on it. As the nation struggles to rebound from a now-resurgent coronavirus, restaurants seem much less likely to deliver an economic boost. They’ve suffered a heavy blow from lockdowns and occupancy restrictions, and it’s unclear how readily Americans will return en masse to dining out. Consider the Barrel Room, a San Francisco wine bar and restaurant whose owner cautiously reopened this month, hoping to salvage as much of 2020 as possible. To stay afloat after a lockdown took effect in March, the restaurant tried selling groceries and delivering alcoholic drinks to customers. Owner Sarah Trubnick also fought through red tape...
    A Michigan woman was arrested for allegedly driving over an officer’s foot and leading police on a chase after being asked to wear a mask Thursday. Fifty-six-year-old Tammy Rose North of Spring Lake was charged with resisting and obstructing police, causing injury; fleeing and eluding; and disturbing the peace, according to WGN 9. The report continued: The Grand Haven Department of Public Safety says a worker at the Jet’s Pizza on north Beacon Boulevard near Jackson Street asked North to put on a mask — as required by state mandate — at which point she became angry. Authorities say she put her hands underneath the plexiglass barrier at the counter, raise [sic] both middle fingers and cursed at employees. She then...
    Three black McDonald's workers in Florida have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the company claiming they've witnessed racists comments and experienced retaliation by their general manager.    Monica Scott, 34, Augusta 'Gus” Moody, 33, and Faith Booker, 32, all of Polk County, Florida, filed the lawsuit in federal court in Tampa, Florida, on Friday.  The lawsuit said that the experiences of the three workers 'are particularly egregious examples of the serious harm that occurs when a corporation fails to take responsibility for the discriminatory conduct of its managers and thus permits an environment of pervasive and intentional racial discrimination to take hold at one of its corporate owned and operated restaurants.' Three workers at this McDonald's in...
    DENVER (CBS4) – As Gov. Jared Polis announced a statewide mask mandate for people inside public spaces, Chris Fuselier declared victory. The Denver restaurateur has been pleading for weeks on social media for the governor to take action and make a blanket regulation across the entire state. (credit: CBS) “This is about public health and it’s the right thing to do,” Fuselier said on the parking-lot-turned-beer-garden outside of the Blake Street Tavern, which he owns. (credit: CBS) “You’re protecting restaurant workers, retail workers, grocery store workers but you’re also making patrons feel more safe… when they go to a place everyone else is wearing a mask, too.” Dozens of companies and their executives from different business sectors supported the statewide...
    SOUTH LOOP — Manny’s Cafeteria and Delicatessen, one of Chicago’s oldest and most revered restaurants, is struggling in the wake of coronavirus and needs their customers to support them. “We are struggling. This isn’t a joke,” owners wrote on social media Tuesday. The cafeteria-style deli and coffee shop, opened and owned by the Raskin family since 1942 at 1141 S. Jefferson St., issued a public plea on both Twitter and Facebook because of struggles its faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related shutdown. On Facebook, Manny’s posted “Please read: As of today we have no North Shore orders for Friday. We are counting on suburb deliveries because people are still hesitating to dine-in. If you live in...
    By John Miller ZURICH (Reuters) - The top doctor in the Swiss mountain region that includes St. Moritz and Davos told restaurants on Tuesday not to rely on plastic visors to protect their employees from COVID-19 infections, saying they "create a false sense of security". The warning, from the Grisons canton bordering Italy and Austria, raises questions about the reopening strategies of some restaurants, hotels and other tourist-dependent businesses. In Germany some states allow visors for service workers, while others require face masks. Swiss restaurants don't require all workers to wear protective facial coverings, though some have adopted them. The Grisons cantonal doctor, Marina Jamnicki, said face masks for restaurant staff who cannot keep 1.5 metres (4.9 ft) distance from...
    A caravan of about 100 honking vehicles gathered near the Oakland airport Monday in a rally organized by hotel and airport workers fighting to get their jobs back. The workers want Oakland’s city council to pass an emergency “right to recall” ordinance, which would guarantee that hotel, airport and some restaurant workers laid off during coronavirus shutdowns get priority if their former employers start hiring back. The proposal is expected to be introduced Tuesday by councilmember Sheng Thao. “We live day by day for food, rent,” said Hidalia Cruz, who was a housekeeper for the Oakland Holiday Inn & Suites until she was laid off in early April. “We don’t have savings. We need this.” California has lost 43.9% of its leisure...
    What started as a class project, has now become a weekly act of kindness during the coronavirus pandemic. Three years ago, AltaEats owner and Executive Chef Paul Ragan was helping his daughter, Emma, on a project for school with the premise to help feed those in need. They were attempting to think of a system where they could store food curbside for anyone to pick up. Although it never came to fruition, when COVID-19 hit, that class project was the genesis for what is now Emma's Pantry.Emma's Pantry is the name of Thursdays at AltaEats restaurant in Pasadena, CA, where they offer free meals to first responders and healthcare workers, and deliver 90 free meals to the Pasadena Senior Center...
    The Starving Artist and the generous receipt. Google Maps; Facebook Arnold Teixeira, owner of the Starving Artist, a restaurant in Ocean Grove, New Jersey, posted about a generous patron of his restaurant. The customer, who is choosing to remain anonymous, left a $1,000 tip on a $43 bill — roughly, a 2,400% tip— which the staff all split. The generous tipper also left a note that left employees teary-eyed. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. In a Facebook group dedicated to the restaurant the Starving Artist, owner Arnold Teixeira shared a photo of a bill that would make anyone's day. A generous customer decided to leave a $1,000 tip on their check, which was only $43. "This...
    Hollis Johnson Employees of a Five Guys restaurant in Daphne, Alabama were fired for refusing to serve a group of police officers earlier this week, the company confirmed in a Facebook post. "As we uphold our commitment to fair, respectful, and equal treatment for all customers, please know that the actions and sentiments of a few employees in Daphne, AL do not represent Five Guys or the local franchisee," the post read.  The incident is the latest in a series of recent confrontations between restaurant workers and police officers amid nationwide protests against racism and police brutality.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Employees at a Five Guys restaurant in Alabama were fired by the burger chain...
    SAN ANTONIO – There were dishes to be done and customers to be served. For 40 years, Sandy and Sherry Reuthinger did that and more at the Walzem Road location of Luby’s restaurant.Family photos show the Reuthinger twins on their last day on the job. (KSAT 12 News)“I love the customers too. And the hugs. And the hugs (laughter),” said Sandy with twin sister, Sherry, echoing her sentiments. The two worked side by side at the restaurant, a job they took on all those decades ago through a school program for students with special needs. The customers and regular hugs they enjoyed on the job have become memories now, due in part to the coronavirus pandemic. Texas-based Luby’s announces intent...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) – The Golden State Warriors have partnered with Uber Eats to drive business to local restaurants and feed essential workers in the process. The program is called the Golden Giveback. Tuesday’s beneficiaries were a hungry San Francisco firehouse. The crew enjoyed a lunch from this week’s featured restaurant, Oakland’s Home of Chicken and Waffles. Owner Derreck Johnson said the promotion couldn’t have come at a better time. “To watch your sales drop 80 percent and laying off the majority of your staff, the unknown was terrifying, but thanks to the Warriors, that has really helped us out a lot, said Johnson. All month, the Warriors will be featuring a new restaurant each week, matching all revenues from...
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Workers at Oklahoma City restaurants and bars will be required to wear masks after the mayor announced new restrictions Wednesday to slow the spread of COVID-19. Mayor David Holt said coronavirus hospitalization and infection rates in the state's largest city have been flat in the week since he warned about an alarming spike among people aged 18 to 49. But even those rates, aren't rising, they remain as high as Oklahoma City has seen throughout the pandemic. “We are stuck at an elevated level that in and of itself is manageable, but puts us right on the edge of an unmanageable situation,” Holt said during a news conference announcing his new executive order. Mask requirements start...
    PASADENA, Calif. (KABC) -- Three years ago, ALTAeats owner and Executive Chef Paul Ragan was helping his daughter, Emma, on a class project with the premise to help feed those in need. They were attempting to think of a system where they could store curbside food for anyone to pick up.Although it never came to fruition, when the coronavirus pandemic hit, that class project was the genesis for what is now Emma's Pantry.Emma's Pantry is the name of Thursdays at ALTAeats restaurant in Atladena, where they offer free meals to first responders and healthcare workers, and deliver 90 free meals to the Pasadena Senior Center every week."With the COVID-19 and everything, we kind of came up with doing a weekly...
    A Life Time fitness club sprawls like a small city, 130,000 square feet of treadmills, pools, yoga studios and smoothie cafes. Opening or closing a location requires byzantine scheduling changes for 250 employees and thousands of members. So founder Bahram Akradi was furious at having to shut five clubs in Arizona on Monday evening -- with just a few hours’ notice from Governor Doug Ducey -- despite nightly deep cleaning and other steps to limit the spread of Covid-19. “No grocery store has taken our measures,” Akradi said. “No Home Depot has taken our measures. No business has taken the measures we have.” Governors are taking swift action to combat a resurgence of virus cases, especially in the U.S. South...
    Cops lie, not just often, but with the bravado and confidence of people who know they will neither be caught nor held accountable. And plenty of those lies are made against people working for crap wages and no benefits in the service industry.  In recent weeks, New York City officers fabricated poisoned Shake Shack milkshakes, a Georgia cop paranoia-conjured a tainted McMuffin, and a Los Angeles officer tweeted photos of what is definitely not a tampon-contaminated coffee. The trail of lies goes back years prior, and includes a Utah cop accusing a Subway employee of putting THC and meth in his drink, NYPD cops making a false report about a razor blade in a deli sandwich, an Indianapolis cop blaming...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Have you ever wanted to chat with Alice Waters about her pioneering cuisine at Chez Panisse or ask David Kinch from Manresa about the vision behind his tasting menu that earned him three Michelin stars? Here's your chance.Top Bay Area chefs are auctioning 30 minutes of their time to have one-on-one video conversations with the public.It's part of the Ask Chefs Anything campaign, an effort to raise money for immigrant restaurant workers who have lost their job during the COVID-19 pandemic."Those people are instrumental from farming to building restaurants to serving food, so they are really essential to the food industry. Yet they didn't receive any support from the government," explained Anna Polonsky, who created Ask...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — As Illinois readies for Phase 4, more restaurants across the state are reopening. Although many have shared excitement, not everyone thinks that’s it’s a good idea. CBS 2’s Marissa Parra spoke with servers afraid for their health, and afraid of speaking out Joshua Leisner said as much as we’ve all missed our restaurant, not everyone is excited about them reopening. “I’ve got bartenders, chefs, cooks, managers. If one of us goes down, we all go down,” Leisner said. CBS 2 has seen dozens of messages and comments from Chicago-area servers wishing to remain anonymous. Comments like, “I wanna work, but I really don’t want to get my 6-year-old with asthma sick.” Another said “it feels like their back...
    OAKLAND — A state judge has ordered a McDonald’s on Telegraph Avenue to stay closed until the court decides whether to order the owner to improve his health safety practices amid the coronavirus. Workers sued the owner last week over an outbreak that they say affected 35 people, including one employee’s 10-month-old baby. The restaurant has been closed since May 26, when workers went on strike. According to the public nuisance suit, the restaurant’s owner failed to inform workers that they had been exposed to the virus and have them self-quarantine, and that as a result, they failed to implement social distancing or cleaning protocols, according to low360.com, a website that specializes in legal news. The five employees requested a...
    Amazon workers at a Chicago warehouse are outraged over the fact that chicken and waffles were being offered as part of the facility's Juneteenth celebration.  The workers at the Amazon warehouse known as DCH1 were told Thursday that the facility was 'honoring the Black community by supporting local Black businesses' by serving chicken and waffles on Friday - Juneteenth - a document obtained by CNBC revealed.  A picture, which appears to be a screenshot of a TV announcement located over a vending machine, was posted on the Facebook group, DCH1 Amazonians United.   The sign reads: 'We stand in solidarity honoring the black community by supporting local black businesses. We are happy to share an authentic meal crafted by Chicago's Chicken + Waffles...
    McDonald’s said it would hire about 260,000 restaurant staff in the US this summer, as stores reopen for diners after serving them through delivery, drive-thru and takeaway for weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this week, the burger chain said its US sales fell in April and May due to the health crisis, but signaled a recovery in demand as it restarts dine-in. Several states have lifted restrictions that were imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus, drawing long queues outside stores. McDonald’s, which owns about 14,000 restaurants in the US, hires thousands of restaurant employees every summer across the country, drawing several high-school and college students for the job. Joe Erlinger, president of McDonald’s USA, said on...
    A "Now Hiring" sign in the window of a Subway restaurant in Sarasota, Fla.Scott Mlyn | CNBC Subway announced Thursday that its North American franchisees would hire 50,000 workers as the restaurant industry looks to recover from the coronavirus pandemic. The privately held sandwich chain joins Yum Brands' Taco Bell, Dunkin' and Panda Express in publicly announcing plans to hire tens of thousands of workers. The summer months typically spark fast-food hiring as consumers spend more and teenagers look for work, but the hiring announcements this year arrive as the coronavirus pandemic has led millions of restaurant workers to lose their jobs. The U.S. unemployment rate is 13.3%, according to the Department of Labor. Subway, which is the largest U.S. restaurant chain by...
    HOUSTON, Texas -- The Breakfast Klub is a Houston icon. This comfort food spot in Houston, Texas was rated by "Good Morning America" as one of the best breakfast restaurants in the country!Normally, you will see a line wrapped around the building on weekends, but amid the COVID-19 pandemic, The Breakfast Klub is taking its long lines online. The restaurant is sticking to to-go and delivery orders but is also selling seasonings and mixes to help customers get a taste of The Breakfast Klub at home.Despite challenging times, the popular restaurant is stepping up to support the community, holding a blood drive outside the restaurant and delivering meals to workers on the front lines of the pandemic.New mural painted in...
    That’s one way to get attention. Chefs in Russia are taking to social media to protest the country’s coronavirus lockdown rules. Since they’ve been stripped of their income, they decided to strip out of their clothes as well. Chefs and other restaurant workers in Russia stripped and posted photos to Facebook to protest the country's strict lockdown rules. (Funkyfood_11 via Reuters) Hundreds of workers in Russia’s food service industry participated in the movement, Reuters reports. Bar, restaurant and café employees all shared photographs of themselves with items such as plates, cups, barstools and other restaurant items carefully placed in front of their private parts. According to these workers, they simply want to be able to reopen their restaurants and...
    As the pandemic-stricken restaurant industry looks to get back in business, Dunkin' plans to add as many as 25,000 workers to its payrolls in the coming months. The coffee-and-donut chain is looking to hire counter workers and managers to work at its franchises, 90% of which have remained open even as much of the country shut down to curb the spread of the coronavirus in March, Dunkin' said on Monday. There were 9,630 Dunkin' outlets in the U.S. as of the end of last year, according to a company regulatory filing. The hiring announcement comes on the heels of surprisingly strong employment numbers on Friday, when the government reported employers added 2.5 million jobs in May. To support its hiring...
    New York (CNN Business)Dunkin' franchise operators are planning to hire up to 25,000 employees as US restaurants start to reopen. The breakfast and coffee chain said in a release Monday that its franchisees are looking to fill a range positions, including management roles. Dunkin' launched an ad campaign on Monday to support recruiting efforts and is partnering with Southern New Hampshire University on an online education program for franchise employees. Investors welcomed the news. Dunkin (DNKN)' popped about 2% during trading hours on Monday. Dunkin' is planning a hiring spree.The company is well-positioned for success moving forward, said KeyBanc restaurant analyst Eric Gonzalez in a research note published over the weekend. "We believe Dunkin has executed well during the pandemic,"...
    Two police officers are being dubbed “Karens with badges” after a viral video captured the moment they demanded to speak to the manager of an eatery because they were fearful for their safety. “We will not be coming here any longer,” one of the cops begins in the video. “Can we speak to your other manager then, too?” the other questions. Karens with badges "do not feel safe" around restaurant worker's BLM facemask, demand manager's phone number like it's a police investigation instead of a customer complaint from PublicFreakout The two officers then demand contact information for someone “above” the worker, but she refuses, saying she does not have the number. When the pair continue to press the worker for...
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - As if trips to the grocery store weren’t nerve-wracking enough, U.S. shoppers lately have seen the costs of meat, eggs and even potatoes soar as the coronavirus has disrupted processing plants and distribution networks. Overall, the cost of food bought to eat at home skyrocketed by the most in 46 years, and analysts caution that meat prices in particular could remain high as slaughterhouses struggle to maintain production levels while implementing procedures intended to keep workers healthy. While price spikes for staples such as eggs and flour have eased as consumer demand has leveled off, prices remain volatile for carrots, potatoes and other produce because of transportation issues and the health of workers who...