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 Approves $484 Billion Bill to Aid Small Businesses, Hospitals – The Wall Street Journal
After many independent restaurants were passed over for federal SBA loans under the CARES Act, lawmakers voted to approve another round of aid for small businesses. The bill, which will replenish the Paycheck Protection Program favored by restaurant owners, was signed by President Trump on Friday.
Here’s What Eating Out Might Look Like When Restaurants Reopen – Eater
Journalist Andrew Genung dined out in Hong Kong, where the coronavirus outbreak has remained largely controlled and restaurant dining rooms still welcome guests. From a temperature check at the front door to staff members in surgical masks, he describes exactly what pandemic dining may entail. Meanwhile, Hillary Dixler Canavan considers how to make reopening less painful than the lockdown.
Restaurant Sales and Job Losses Are Widespread Across Segments – National Restaurant Association
A new survey of more than 6,500 restaurants shows that sales are down 78% from this period last year, with an estimated loss of $50 billion across the industry. The organization reports that more than 8 million employees have been laid off or furloughed since the lockdown began. Read the full results here.
You Can Now Order Food Directly Through the Instagram App – Thrillist
Restaurants can now add stickers to their Instagram stories that allow users to buy gift cards, order food delivery, and donate to businesses in need of relief. As brands lean into social media to connect with guests, consider this one more way to tap into your community for real-life support.