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New York Bars And Restaurants Get New 10PM Curfew

Eater New York reports: New York restaurants and bars that hold liquor licenses will have to abide by a new nightly curfew, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today, as the state and region grapples with a growing uptick in COVID-19 cases. Restaurants and bars across the state have been ordered to close indoor and outdoor dining nightly at 10 p.m. starting …

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McDonald’s To Launch Meatless “McPlant” Burger

USA Today reports: The global fast-food giant shared exclusively with USA TODAY Monday that it has developed a new plant-based platform dubbed McPlant with tests of the burger expected in some markets around the world next year. In a move that could kickstart a new round of the Chicken Sandwich War, McDonald’s also confirmed its new Crispy Chicken Sandwich would …

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South Carolina Restaurant Apologizes For New Election Day Menu Item Called “Grab Her By The Juicy Burger”

South Carolina’s Post & Courier reports: The owner of a Charleston area chain of burger joints has taken responsibility for an Election Day menu featuring a sandwich named for President Donald Trump’s derogatory comments about women. According to Sesame Burgers and Beer owner Joe Fischbein, the specials sheet listing a $14 Cheeto-dusted “Grab Her By The Juicy Burger” was distributed …

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San Francisco Eases Restrictions On Indoor Dining

The SFist reports: On Tuesday, Mayor London Breed announced that the city and county of San Francisco had moved into the least restrictive “yellow” tier in the state’s reopening framework, becoming the first Bay Area county to do so since the four-color pandemic-response rating system was created two months ago. And with this move, more businesses are going to get …

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Ruby Tuesday Shutters 185 Locations, Files Bankruptcy

USA Today reports: Hobbled by the pandemic and facing the same long-term challenges as other casual dining chains, Ruby Tuesday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection early Wednesday. The company hopes to use the debt-cutting process to improve its finances and stay in business, saying in a statement that it had “reached an understanding with its secured lenders to support …

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NYC Readies For Limited Return Of Indoor Dining

The Guardian reports: From its chandelier-lit temples of fine dining to greasy spoons open 24/7, New York is a city with more than 25,000 restaurants. Every year they draw millions of locals and tourists from around the world – and nobody has been allowed to eat inside of one for six months. That all changes on Wednesday, when restaurants can …

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FL Gov Lifts All Restrictions On Restaurants, Businesses

Miami’s ABC News affiliate reports: Gov. Ron DeSantis lifted all restrictions on restaurants and other businesses in Florida on Friday in a move to reopen the state’s economy despite the spread of the coronavirus. Local governments, however, may still impose restrictions for their areas, although they are not allowed to limit restaurants to reopen at less than 50% capacity. Local …

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NYC Makes Outdoor Dining “Permanent Year-Round”

Gothamist reports: Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today that outdoor dining, which has become a major lifeline for the restaurant industry during the pandemic, will become “permanent and year-round.” “I want us to go for the gold here, and take this model and make it a part of the life of New York City for years and generations to come,” …

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NYC Eateries Allowed To Add 10% COVID Surcharge

Gothamist reports: Restaurants will now be allowed to add the “COVID-19 Recovery Charge,” up to 10% of a customer’s total bill. It passed in a 46-to-2 vote on Wednesday, and as of now, it will be permitted until 90 days after full indoor dining is once again permitted. “This bill will give restaurants the freedom they need to increase revenue …

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NYC Indoor Dining To Return With Stringent Rules

The New York Daily News reports: Order up. Gov. Cuomo set the table Wednesday for indoor dining to resume in New York City by the end of the month. Restaurants in the five boroughs can reopen their doors and welcome patrons back to their dining rooms on Sept. 30 — with stringent coronavirus precautions in place. Capacity will be limited …

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Brooklyn Karaoke Bar Raided With 300 People Inside

Gothamist reports: A Brooklyn karaoke bar was shut down over the Labor Day weekend after nearly 300 people were found inside breaking the state’s COVID-19 safety guidelines. The Legend KTV, located on 61st Street in Borough Park, was shuttered by the task force consisting of the Sheriff’s Office and the State Liquor Authority (SLA) early Sunday morning. Investigators allegedly found …

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NYC Council Speaker Calls For Return To Indoor Dining

New York City’s 1010 WINS reports: City Council Speaker Corey Johnson on Wednesday called for the resumption of indoor dining in New York City, saying restaurants in the five boroughs “need to begin planning for the colder months.” In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, Johnson said indoor dining should be allowed “with reduced capacity and clear guidance to ensure social …

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Alabama Health Department Allows Buffets To Reopen

The Birmingham News reports: On Page 11 of the state’s revised “Safer at Home” Health Order that was issued on Tuesday is a tiny nugget that will make buffet fans – but especially, their owners — rejoice: Effective 5 p.m. Monday, all buffets, salad bars and self-serve drink stations are OK to reopen as long as there is an employee …

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NJ Gov: Movies, Indoor Dining Can Resume On Friday

NBC New York reports: New Jersey restaurants can resume indoor dining statewide starting this Friday and movies can reopen, just in time for Labor Day weekend, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday. In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo acknowledged that will translate to a “competitive disadvantage” for the five boroughs, where dine-in and movie theaters are still closed. But he’s not …

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De Blasio May Extend Outdoor Dining Past Halloween

The New York Post reports: Get ready to bundle up for al fresco dining in the late fall. Mayor Bill de Blasio is considering extending the city’s coronavirus-induced outdoor dining program beyond its current endpoint of Oct. 31. “We’re looking at that right now. We’re trying to get a sense from the restaurant community how much interest there is in …

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Another Crash Into NYC On-Street Dining Spot [VIDEO]

Gothamist reports: Three people were injured after a driver crashed into an outdoor dining space on the Upper East Side on Monday night. Police say the incident happened around 9:30 p.m. yesterday outside Delizia 92 on the southeast corner of E 92nd Street and 2nd Avenue. A driver in a Cadillac Escalade SUV heading east on the street collided with …

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New York Bans Live Entertainment At Bars, Restaurants

Gothamist reports: New York venues have been closed since the start of the pandemic, but with restaurants and bars reopened throughout the state at different capacities, some had begun to take steps to host live events like socially-distanced concerts, sidewalk drag shows, and more. But this week, the State Liquor Authority (SLA) updated their website to clarify new guidelines that …

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NYC Expands Outdoor Dining To 76 Streets, 9 Plazas

Gothamist reports: Mayor Bill de Blasio did not hold his usual morning press conference today, but his office did share news about the city’s ongoing Open Streets initiative. The city announced this afternoon that 21 more locations around the five boroughs will become Open Streets for outdoor dining. That brings the citywide total to 76 participating streets and nine pedestrian …

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MA Gov Warns “Bars Masquerading As Restaurants”

Boston’s ABC News affiliate reports: Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday announced decisions made in response to a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases and the average positive test rate. After listing a number of recent high-profile gatherings, some of which have led to clusters of coronavirus cases, Baker announced that the maximum number of attendees for outdoor gatherings would be …

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McDonald’s To Require Face Masks Starting August 1st

USA Today reports: McDonald’s will require customers to wear masks or face coverings when entering its 14,000 restaurants nationwide starting Aug. 1. The fast food giant is the latest business to announce it will mandate masks to help stop the spread of COVID-19 as cases spike. “While nearly 82% of our restaurants are in states or localities that require facial …

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