Restaurants could be violating federal WARN Act by reducing hours

Torri Donley

Thousands of restaurants across the country are, once again, facing the possibility of letting go workers or reducing hours to stay afloat as dining restrictions tied to COVID-19 continue to cripple the industry.

Dave & Buster’s Entertainment Inc. recently laid off 1,300 employees in seven states. The company is required to notify employees of layoffs under the federal WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) Act, introduced in 1988 to protect employees impacted by mass layoffs.

Independent restaurants also face dried up funds tied to the Paycheck Protection Program, geared to keep employees on the payroll. 

As a result, operators from coast-to-coast might not realize that they could face challenges tied to the WARN Act, including the possibility of a class-action suit for not complying to the federal law.

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‘Dark kitchen’ chain works with local restaurants to sell over food delivery apps

Torri Donley

The coronavirus has left many restaurants struggling as the pandemic forced them to temporarily close their doors and still has many operating at a lower capacity than normal.

Owners are looking for ways to bring in more revenue. Fast-casual Asian chain Wow Bao has one idea: open their restaurant inside an existing restaurant as a delivery-only “dark kitchen” eatery.

Wow Bao, which serves up steamed bao, potstickers, dumplings, rice and noodle bowls, announced on Wednesday that it has added 100 locations in just six months by partnering with other restaurants. Its food is offered via third-party delivery services like UberEats, Grubhub, DoorDash, Postmates and Caviar.

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Restaurants and pubs without outdoor catering to be told to shut down across the country

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Restaurants and pubs without outdoor catering facilities are set to close as all of Ireland moves into Level Three of the Living with COVID strategy.

On Sunday evening, it emerged that the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) advised the Government to implement Level Five restrictions throughout the entire country in response to the rising COVID-19 infection rate.

However, the Government is likely to reject the NPHET recommendation, instead moving every county to Level Three restrictions.



a man standing in front of a window: Restaurants and pubs without outdoor catering facilities are set to close from midnight on Monday, as all of Ireland moves into Level Three of the Living with COVID strategy.Pic: Shutterstock


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Restaurants and pubs without outdoor catering facilities are set to close from midnight on Monday, as all of Ireland moves into Level Three of the Living with COVID strategy.Pic: Shutterstock

While many will breathe a sigh of relief at this news, as Level Three allows home visits, outdoor dining and sporting events to continue, many business owners and workers in the hospitality industry are facing a

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Bars and restaurants face new rules for to-go drinks

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Iowa (KCRG) -The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division released clarified guidelines for how bars and restaurants can sell drinks to-go.



The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division released clarified guidelines for how bars and restaurants can sell drinks to-go.


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The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division released clarified guidelines for how bars and restaurants can sell drinks to-go.

The new rules prohibit bars or restaurants from selling alcohol in paper or Styrofoam cups, or plastic cups that are intended for one-time use. Containers also can’t have a hole for a straw or for sipping.

When Iowa legalized alcohol to-go sales in June, Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery immediately started bottling up their signature drinks. Their method of keeping to-go drinks sealed is vacuum sealing them. Bar manager Cassandra Pantel says “To go drinks and our whole retail area was very important for us. It really helped us keep going, it helped keep staff employed.”

The new rules also make it easier to tell if a customer

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Walnut Creek Restaurants Push For Cap On Food-Delivery Fees

Torri Donley

WALNUT CREEK, CA — The Walnut Creek City Council on Tuesday will consider a cap on fees local restaurants pay online ordering and delivery service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recently, some local restaurants and the business advocacy groups Walnut Creek Downtown Business Association came to the city requesting a temporary cap of 15 percent charged by third-party services including DoorDash, Grubhub and Uber Eats. These delivery service companies, a city report says, have been charging between 10 and 30 percent per order when customers order food through the delivery service’s app or restaurant website.

Whereas before the COVID-19 pandemic these fees didn’t necessarily have a substantial impact on local restaurants, with indoor dining suspended since March, restaurants in Walnut Creek are now reliant on delivery/take-out orders for upwards of 70 percent of their business operations.

The fees on these orders, the city report says, present a significant impact on restaurants’

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Consumer Spending in Quick Service Restaurants & Growing Online Food Delivery Services

Torri Donley

DUBLIN, Oct. 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The “United States Foodservice Market – Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2020-2025)” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

The US foodservice market is projected to witness a CAGR of 3.7% during the forecast period, 2020-2025.

Increased digitalization of food service is among the primary factors driving the market, as consumers find it comfortable to book prior and make payments online.

Fast food restaurants focusing on organic produce and healthy food are expected to be the focus of the market in the future. In the United States, the demand for organic food is rapidly rising. However, factors, like rising obesity and health awareness among the consumers, are affecting the market growth, as most fast food products are unhealthy.

Key Market Trends

Consumer Spending in Quick Service Restaurants (QSR)

Quick service restaurants (QSRs) are fast food restaurants, set apart from full service or table

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Mall owners see a ray of hope as food courts, restaurants to open from October 5

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a person standing in a room: Mall owners see a ray of hope as food courts, restaurants to open from October 5


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Mall owners see a ray of hope as food courts, restaurants to open from October 5

Struggling to bring back customers, mall owners have pinned hopes on the Maharashtra government’s decision to allow food courts and restaurants to reopen from October 5 after a gap of almost six months.

Restaurants, bars, food courts and hotels are among the hardest hit sections of the economy as restrictions on travel and movement to curb the spread of the coronavirus have kept people away.

In the fifth phase of the rolling back of lockdown restrictions, the government has allowed restaurants, bars and food courts to open from October 5 but with a caveat. They will have to operate at 50 percent capacity, according to the ‘Mission Begin Again’ guidelines issued by the state government on September 30.

“Restaurants prove to be a perfect option for customers to grab a bite or

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Special menus, deals and openings at Las Vegas restaurants

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Deals for National Taco Day

Several local restaurants are offering specials for National Taco Day on Sunday. At El Dorado Cantina in Tivoli Village and at 3025 S. Sammy Davis Jr. Drive, a platter of 12 street tacos will be $40, beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday. Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant in Downtown Summerlin is offering shredded beef, ground beef or shredded chicken tacos for $2.50 each from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday. And Del Taco, which has 39 locations across the valley, is offering a free Del Taco with purchase from Saturday through Sunday; a different free taco will be offered every Saturday this month (download the app for the deals).

SkinnyFats opens spinoff

SkinnyFats at 221 N. Stephanie St. in Henderson has introduced a new spin-off concept, Blaze of Thunder, available via its drive-thru. The menu includes the Blaze of Thunder signature hot chicken sandwich with pickles and cole slaw

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CDC Restaurant Study: Miami Restaurants Adapt to COVID-19

Torri Donley

When the managers at All Day cafe convened for their weekly meeting on March 11, co-owner Camila Ramos could sense that major changes were afoot in the food-and-beverage industry. Although it was 24 hours before the mayor of Miami-Dade County declared a state of emergency, Ramos and her team began hatching plans for what to do if cases of the coronavirus started to spread locally.

“We met with the managers and said, ‘Hey guys, you know it hasn’t hit us yet, but it’s only a matter of time,'” Ramos remembers.

That day, the downtown coffee shop made arrangements to transition to disposable utensils, implement an hourly sanitation schedule, and issue gloves to all employees. Later that night, officials announced the first case of COVID-19 in Miami-Dade County.

That was six months ago. In that time, restaurants like All Day have faced one challenge after another as state and local officials

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2 Cleveland restaurants closing, one up for auction, plus Gervasi-Cleveland Ballet partnership: WTAM 5-minute food-drinks chat

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – Our WTAM 5-minute food and drinks chat covers Cleveland restaurants Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Banter closing, the 100th Bomb Group up for auction, and the Gervasi Vineyard-Cleveland Ballet partnership for upcoming performances.



a close up of many different types of food: Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Banter announced closures recently, and the 100th Bomb Group is for auction. Plus Gervasi Vineyard and the Cleveland Ballet are teaming for open-air performances. Here’s this week’s 5-minute WTAM food and drinks chat.


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Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Banter announced closures recently, and the 100th Bomb Group is for auction. Plus Gervasi Vineyard and the Cleveland Ballet are teaming for open-air performances. Here’s this week’s 5-minute WTAM food and drinks chat.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House closes

Ruth’s Chris Steak House in downtown Cleveland has closed. The restaurant, which opened in 2017, was the company’s only location in Northeast Ohio and featured steak, seafood and an extensive wine list. Joey Morona has the story:

About Ruth’s Chris closing

Review: Ruth’s Chris

Banter closes in Cleveland

Banter Cleveland – which offered an assortment of poutine, sausage, craft beer and wine – is closing this fall, its owners

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