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James Beard Foundation Will Announce 2020 Awards Finalists May 4 – Eater
The James Beard Foundation will announce the 2020 award finalists in a livestream Monday, after postponing the event due to the pandemic. The announcement will include nominees from the restaurant and chef categories as well as books, media, and journalism.
America’s Restaurants Start to Open Up, With a Side of Anxiety – Bloomberg
Many states have begun to relax stay-at-home restrictions, allowing businesses to open their doors to guests. Read on to learn how operators in Texas, Tennessee, and Iowa are thinking about reopening protocols, from face masks and single-use flatware to half-capacity dining rooms.
Why New Restaurants Are Still, Somehow, Opening During the Pandemic – Eater
Yes, new restaurants are still opening, even with most of the country under lockdown – largely because debt-burdened operators still have bills to pay. Learn how they are adapting to navigate unplanned delivery services and social media marketing in uncharted times.
Democrats Want to Let Millions More Americans Use Their Food Stamps at Restaurants – The Washington Post
A new bill would expand the Restaurant Meals Program (which allows seniors, disabled, and those experiencing homelessness to use SNAP benefits for restaurant meals) to include millions of Americans out of work due to the pandemic. The proposed legislation would be a boon not only for the public, but for struggling restaurants, and has gained support from the National Restaurant Association.