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NYC Closes Dozens Of Blocks For Outside Dining

The New York Daily News reports: More restaurants will be able to serve customers on streets from Chinatown to the Bronx and beyond, under expanded outdoor dining plans announced Thursday. Streets will close on weekends to allow for outdoor dining at 22 locations, according to Mayor de Blasio. The street closures will take place from 5 to 11 p.m. on …

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Chuck E. Cheese Parent Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

The Dallas Business Journal reports: As hundreds of Chuck E. Cheese and Peter Piper Pizza locations work to reopen across the country, parent company CEC Entertainment Inc. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The Irving-based arcade and pizza restaurant chain filed for bankruptcy Thursday in the Southern District of Texas. The company claimed more than $1 billion in liabilities …

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NYC Bill Would Open Streets And Sidewalks For Dining

The New York Times reports: The New York City Council introduced legislation Thursday afternoon, backed by the restaurant industry, requiring the mayor to find a way to open streets, sidewalks and public plazas to outdoor dining. Corey Johnson [photo], the Council speaker, and Councilman Antonio Reynoso of Brooklyn are spearheading the effort. “The restaurant and the food industry has been …

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CDC Issues Guidelines On Opening Bars, Restaurants

Fox News reports: As states begin to lift restrictions for non-essential businesses, restaurants and bars are grappling with how to reopen while keeping both employees and customers safe. On Friday, the CDC released guidelines instructing certain organizations on how to safely open their doors. The one page “decision tool” documents were released by the CDC and provided detailed information for …

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NYC May Let Restaurants And Bars Use The Streets

The New York Daily News reports: New Yorkers should get used to dining alfresco. City streets could transform into sidewalk cafes to give patrons more space when restaurants and bars reopen as coronavirus restrictions are lifted. An interagency group with the Department of Transportation is looking at how the city could use streets, curbs and sidewalks to allow for socially-distanced …

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Steak ‘N Shake To Close Dozens Of Outlets For Good

The Washington Post reports: The impact of the coronavirus on businesses has prompted the parent company of the fast-food restaurant Steak ‘n Shake to close 57 of its stores for good. Biglari Holdings will close 51 corporate-owned locations and six franchise locations, according to its first-quarter report. Net sales decreased nearly 37 percent during the first quarter of 2020 compared …

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National Buffet Chain To Close All Outlets Permanently

The San Diego Tribune reports: Souplantation, the popular buffet-style dining brand founded in San Diego 42 years ago, is closing all of its restaurants permanently, a casualty of the coronavirus pandemic that is likely to be the death knell for all self-serve eateries. The permanent shuttering of the 97 restaurants, including 44 in California, was announced Thursday following weeks of …

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REPORT: 20% Of Wendy’s Outlets Currently Out Of Beef

CNN reports: The national meat shortage has come for Wendy’s. The fast food chain says some menu items are unavailable, and one analyst estimates nearly one in five of Wendy’s restaurants are out of beef. Around 1,000, or 18%, of Wendy’s 5,500 US restaurants are not serving any hamburgers or other meat-based items, according to an analysis of online menus …

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Steak House Chain To Return $20M Bailout After Furor

ABC News reports: Ruth’s Chris Steak House will return the $20 million coronavirus small business loan it procured from the government’s $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program, the company announced Thursday. The PPP was designed to throw a financial lifeline to the millions of small businesses who have seen revenues plunge due to social distancing lockdowns — but the hastily conceived …

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McDonald’s Offers Free Meals For Frontline Workers

USA Today reports: McDonald’s is introducing free “Thank You Meals” for first responders and health care workers serving on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, the fast-food giant announced Tuesday. Starting Wednesday and through May 5, health care workers, police officers, firefighters and paramedics can get a free meal at participating restaurants nationwide available at the drive thru or …

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DC Tightens Restaurant Restrictions: Take-Out Only

Washington DC’s WTOP reports: As of 10 p.m. Monday, restaurants will only serve carryout or delivery, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced at a news conference Monday afternoon. There will be no dining in or drinking. Gyms, theaters and massage businesses will also be closed under a new order from the D.C. Health Department. Bars will be allowed to serve on …

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DC Restaurant Group To Defy Mayor’s Restrictions

The Hill reports: A group that owns several restaurants in Washington, D.C. has come out against new restrictions on bars and restaurants announced by Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) amid the coronavirus outbreak, saying its locations will remain open. In a statement that appears to have been shared on Facebook and was captured by Washingtonian food editor Jessica Sidman, the Hill …

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Illinois Gov Closes Bars, Restaurants To Be Takeout Only

Peoria’s CBS News affiliate reports: The latest victim of the COVID-19 coronavirus are bars and restaurants. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced Sunday afternoon they are to be closed for two weeks. This closure is for dining in and details are being worked out to keep the kitchens open for delivery or carryout meals. He went on to say there are …

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Virus Fears Crater Business At US Chinatown Eateries

USA Today reports: At Shabu House in Houston’s Chinatown, Asian comfort food is on the menu, including hot pots of steaming soup filled with the customer’s choice of meat and vegetables. Since the coronavirus began to grab headlines, the restaurant has been at least half-empty. And Shabu House is not alone. “Pretty much all the restaurants in our entire shopping …

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Chipotle Settles Class Action False Ad Suit For $6.5M

Courthouse News reports: Under a settlement approved by a federal judge, Chipotle will pay consumers $6.5 million to settle claims that it ran a misleading ad campaign pledging to serve only non-GMO food. Through ads using phrases such as “G-M-Over It,” the fast food chain touted itself as the first in the United States to use only ingredients derived from …

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New York City To Join Ban On Cashless Businesses

Eater New York reports: NYC restaurants and stores not accepting cash will soon be a thing of the past. The New York City Council is finally set to pass a bill later today that will prohibit all city businesses from refusing cash payments from its customers. NYC businesses that go cashless “effectively discriminate against customers who lack access to credit …

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Farmers Warn Of Possible French Fry Shortage

Bloomberg News reports: Potato processors are rushing to buy supplies and ship them across North America in order to keep French fries on the menu after cold, wet weather damaged crops in key producers in the U.S. and Canada. Cool conditions started to hit growing regions in October, lashing potatoes with frost. Farmers in Alberta and Idaho were able to …

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New York City Council Bans Sale Of Foie Gras [VIDEO]

Gothamist reports: Earlier this year, we reported that the city council was considering a bill banning the sale of foie gras in New York City on the grounds that it’s cruel to physically pump fowl full of feed before leading them to slaughter. Today, with over one hundred animal rights activists waiting outside, the New York City Council passed the …

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Beyond Meat: KFC To Test Vegan Fried “Chicken”

CNBC reports: Colonel Sanders will soon be serving vegan fried chicken to see if customers think it’s finger lickin’ good. KFC will start testing plant-based fried chicken from Beyond Meat in an Atlanta restaurant on Tuesday. The test makes the Yum Brands subsidiary the first national U.S. fast-food chain to introduce a Beyond chicken item, beating Popeyes and Chick-fil-A. The …

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Grubhub Under Fire For Making 34,000 “Copycat” Sites That Masquerade As Homepages For Restaurants

The New York Post reports: Grubhub has created thousands of Web sites that masquerade as the sites of restaurants — a practice that can jack up prices for hungry customers, The Post has learned. The online food-ordering giant, which also owns Seamless and Menupages, has scooped up more than 34,000 URLs since 2010 with names that are similar to restaurants’ …

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