This week in restaurant news: supporting protests, outdoor seating, fine dining chefs get creative

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?

Across the Country, Restaurants Pledge Money to Black Lives Matter and Social Justice Causes – Eater
As neighborhood cornerstones, restaurants have played an active role in this week’s protests surrounding the killing of George Floyd. Here’s an overview of how restaurants have contributed to fundraising efforts and shown support for the protestors and Black Lives Matter movement, from Atlanta to Washington DC.

Senate Passes Changes to Small Business PPP Loan Program – Bloomberg
After being approved by the House last week, a bill amending the Paycheck Protection Program was cleared by the Senate. The legislation would extend the eight-week period allowed for businesses to spend loans to 24 weeks or until the end of 2020 (whichever comes first). Plus, operators would be able to use funds on non-payroll expenses, such as rent. Next stop for the bill: President Trump’s desk.

Restaurants With Closed Dining Rooms Win Clearance for Outdoor Seating – Restaurant Business
Local governments in cities including San Francisco and Chicago are allowing restaurants to seat guests outdoors while dining rooms are still closed, and similar legislation is expected to pass in New York City. The green lights require capacity limitations, distancing between tables, and in some cases, masks.

NYC’s Laid-Off Fine Dining Chefs Find Glimmers of Hope With New Home Businesses – Eater New York
Stay-at-home orders have given some out-of-work fine dining chefs time to pursue new entrepreneurial pursuits, such as retail baking businesses and family meals to go. The circumstances are less than ideal, and most side businesses remain casual – but a silver lining shows potential for renewed creativity and innovative experiences outside the considerable constraints of traditional restaurants.

10 things you need to know before starting a restaurant remodel

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Olivia Terenzio
How to Raise Funds for Your Restaurant

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Few aspiring restaurateurs have the cash on hand to get their dream off the ground. That’s where investors come in....
Alison Arth
Hospitality in real life: How to make every guest feel like a VIP

Hospitality in real life: How to make every guest feel like a VIP

We all know that hospitality is the key to success in the restaurant industry—not just getting butts in seats, but...
Olivia Terenzio
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Rosita Lamberti on loyalty, resilience, and the celebrations ahead

Rosita Lamberti on loyalty, resilience, and the celebrations ahead

With six Italian restaurants, Rosita Lamberti shares how the family restaurant group has been resilient and come out of the pandemic stronger than before.
Joy Manning
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants provides ‘ridiculously personal experiences’ with OpenTable

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants provides ‘ridiculously personal experiences’ with OpenTable

Hospitality is at the heart of many restaurants’ ethos—and for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants it’s the lifeblood of how they...
Sarah Hacker