Every week we’re rounding up some of our favorite articles with trends and tidbits from the world of restaurants. Tell us: what made your reading list this week?
House Votes to Ease Restrictions on Coronavirus Small Business Loans – CNBC
The House of Representatives passed a bill to change the Paycheck Protection Program, a key part of the coronavirus pandemic rescue package, allowing business owners more flexibility in how they spend aid money. The plan would reduce the amount required to spend on payroll from 75% to 60%, extend the window to use the funds to six months, and push back a deadline to rehire workers. It would also allow owners more time to repay the loans. Next, the bill goes to the Senate.
The 2020 James Beard Media Award Winners – James Beard Foundation
This week the Beard Foundation announced winners in books, broadcast, and journalism, honoring contributions from Toni Tipton-Martin, Roy Choi, Pete Wells, and many more. See the full list of awards, then tune into the foundation’s new digital series, James Beard Awards at Home, featuring conversations with committee chairs and honorees about the post-pandemic future of media.
I’m a Chef in a Seaside Town. I’m Not an Epidemiologist. – The Atlantic
This essay from Rob Anderson, chef and owner of the Canteen in Provincetown, Massachusetts, considers the impact of COVID-19 on summer vacation destinations. So far, guests have heeded safety protocols, but he asks: “When a crush of tourists arrive, what will we do?” Precautions, for some, are also seen as inconveniences, raising a dilemma for business owners.
Los Angeles and New York City Cap Third-Party Delivery Fees – Restaurant Hospitality
LA and NYC have joined other big cities in capping delivery commissions at 15% and 20%, respectively. Local officials hope that the move will help restaurants survive while dining rooms remain closed. In NYC, fees will be forgiven through the end of February 2021. Read the full story to learn how delivery companies have responded.
The Bathroom Attendant Is About to Make a Big Comeback in Restaurants – Washingtonian
A visit to the restroom may be unavoidable for guests dining in restaurants. To ease safety and sanitation concerns, some restaurants are stationing masked and gloved attendants in these spaces to clean, disinfect, and wipe down bathroom surfaces after each use. It’s a big expense, but will it make guests more comfortable as they return to dining rooms?