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?
Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Provide $120B in Relief for Restaurants – The Hill
Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi and Earl Blumenauer of Oregon introduced a bill this week to support struggling independent restaurants and bars with a $120 billion fund. The aptly named Restaurant Act grants funds to food and drink businesses that are not publicly funded and hold less that $1.5 million. The White House is said to support the legislation.
Independent Restaurants Are a Nexus of Small Business in the United States and Drive Billions of Dollars of Economic Activity That Is at Risk of Being Lost Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic – Independent Restaurant Coalition
A new report from the Independent Restaurant Coalition shows that independent restaurants make up a huge slice of the food and beverage industry, generating $760 billion in sales. It argues for a revitalization fund (see the Restaurant Act) to grow the economy, reduce unemployment, and revitalize supply chains nationwide – and also argues that without additional funding, 85% of these business may shutter permanently.
Food & Wine Best New Restaurants 2020 – Food & Wine
Is the COVID-19 era a time for list-making? Yes, says Food & Wine restaurant editor Khushbu Shah: “A pandemic doesn’t cancel the work that these remarkable chefs and restaurant owners have done over the past year.” From a mother/daughter-led Burmese restaurant in D.C. to a next-level Austin taqueria, see who made her top picks in 2020.
Bakers Against Racism Is Just the Beginning – Eater
Megan McCarron tells how two out-of-work pastry chefs and a graphic designer launched a global series of anti-racist bake sales to raise funds for the Minnesota Freedom Fund in the wake of the George Floyd killing. Learn how the movement took off and led to tangible change – as McCarron writes, “The bake sale isn’t just about raising funds, or awareness, outwardly; participants can take the time to deepen their own commitment to fighting for black lives, too.”