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Across the Country, Restaurants Pledge Money to Black Lives Matter and Social Justice Causes – Eater
As neighborhood cornerstones, restaurants have played an active role in this week’s protests surrounding the killing of George Floyd. Here’s an overview of how restaurants have contributed to fundraising efforts and shown support for the protestors and Black Lives Matter movement, from Atlanta to Washington DC.
Senate Passes Changes to Small Business PPP Loan Program – Bloomberg
After being approved by the House last week, a bill amending the Paycheck Protection Program was cleared by the Senate. The legislation would extend the eight-week period allowed for businesses to spend loans to 24 weeks or until the end of 2020 (whichever comes first). Plus, operators would be able to use funds on non-payroll expenses, such as rent. Next stop for the bill: President Trump’s desk.
Restaurants With Closed Dining Rooms Win Clearance for Outdoor Seating – Restaurant Business
Local governments in cities including San Francisco and Chicago are allowing restaurants to seat guests outdoors while dining rooms are still closed, and similar legislation is expected to pass in New York City. The green lights require capacity limitations, distancing between tables, and in some cases, masks.
NYC’s Laid-Off Fine Dining Chefs Find Glimmers of Hope With New Home Businesses – Eater New York
Stay-at-home orders have given some out-of-work fine dining chefs time to pursue new entrepreneurial pursuits, such as retail baking businesses and family meals to go. The circumstances are less than ideal, and most side businesses remain casual – but a silver lining shows potential for renewed creativity and innovative experiences outside the considerable constraints of traditional restaurants.