Restaurant business

Can the restaurant business model survive social distancing?

As restaurants across the United States begin to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic, they still face restrictions, including not being able to operate at full capacity. Many may not be able to survive the reopening process. This week on Working Lunch, the team from Align Public Strategies discusses what lays ahead for operators. Meanwhile, the […]

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‘Social Zones’ to expand outdoor bar and food service in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Bars and restaurants could expand outdoor seating — once Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s order banning in-person dining is lifted — under a new program created by the city of Grand Rapids to help businesses recover from the coronavirus pandemic. “Social zones” can be established on public property, such as streets, sidewalks and […]

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Next set of states set to open on-site catering

Restaurants in Texas and Florida are moving from 25% to 50% capacity this week as more states across the country set the stage for the reopening of dine-in service. As an early-opening state, Texas allowed restaurants to begin limited dine-in service on May 1, but moving to the next phase allows for more expanded service, […]

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Ventura County reopens on-site dining service

On Monday, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that 53 of California’s 58 counties are now qualified to reopen more businesses under the first phases of phase two, and some of the areas in the state are already taking action. While LA’s own catering service remains on hiatus, its northwest neighbor is now able to accommodate […]

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May 18 is a pivotal day for seated dining in San Francisco

A casual listener to Wednesday’s briefing on San Francisco’s response to COVID-19 could be forgiven for assuming the city hasn’t even begun to think about reopening restaurant dining rooms. After all, the majority of the discussion has been about reopening retail – Mayor London Breed and Public Health Department Director Dr Grant Colfax announced yesterday […]

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Catering entrepreneur will delay opening businesses

Local restaurant owner Mark Estee said he would delay the opening of his five restaurants. Estee said it would not open its doors on Saturday despite Governor Steve Sisolak’s announcement of its Thursday. According to Estee, it aims to open mid-May. He said he was excited by the news, but wanted to take extra precautions. […]

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How some third-party delivery services are hampering the restaurant industry

Delivery isn’t a bad thing to offer, but for restaurants, some delivery services can mean bad business for them. May 6, 2020 5:36 p.m. Job : May 6, 2020 5:36 p.m. Update: May 6, 2020 7:02 p.m. MADISON, Wis. – We all appreciate the convenience of having food delivered to your doorstep. But, meals that […]

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Limited capacity could destroy restaurant business

When cases of COVID-19 were first reported in Memphis, Tennessee, in early March, Kelly English was quick to shut down dine-in service at her three restaurants. But on April 27, when Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland announced a tentative reopening plan for the city, which includes reopening restaurants to diners, English did not begin planning for […]