This week in restaurant news: chain mandates, catering pivots, outdoor dining in winter

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?

In Trying Times, Americans Look to Our True Leaders — Chain Restaurants — for Guidance – Eater
Brands like Starbucks, Panera, Chipotle, and McDonald’s have all issued mandates requiring customers to wear masks, in a moment when doing so has become part of a national debate. Kristen Hawley writes, “chain restaurants have stepped up to do what the federal government won’t.”

Restaurant Owners Propose “Safe & Just Reopening” Plan – Gothamist
A group of New York City restaurateurs including Tom Colicchio, Danny Meyer, and David Chang proposed a “Safe and Just Reopening Plan” on Thursday, focusing on four pillars: elimination of the subminimum tipped wage, allowance of tip sharing with the BOH, payroll tax relief, and a new 5% safe reopening surcharge.

What Happens to Outdoor Dining in Fall and Winter? – Restaurant Business
With more diners seeking outdoor dining options during the pandemic, restaurants are adapting sidewalk and patio spaces to brave the colder temperatures to come. From built-in heating systems and single-use blankets to cozy (non-metal) furniture, here’s how they’re getting creative.

The Art of To-Go Cocktails – Eater Detroit
Last month, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer made it legal for restaurants and bars to offer carryout cocktails, a boon for struggling food and drink businesses. Now, bartenders are learning the art and science of off-site drinking: why daiquiris won’t hold up, how to make packaging more fun, and how to meld cocktails and dessert with boozy freeze pops.

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