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Restaurants find ways to keep feeding their fans
posted on Apr 03 20

Some US restaurants are transforming their typical business models to cater to the needs of a society coping with the coronavirus outbreak. Seattle fine-dining eatery Canlis has become a drive-thru selling bagels in the morning and casual fare later in the day, Chicago’s Alinea is feeding demand for takeout comfort food and fast-casual chain Crisp & Green has created a meal kit business. Read the Forbes story here

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Darden debuts emergency pay plan, focuses on takeout
posted on Apr 03 20

Darden Restaurants has created an emergency pay program for employees whose restaurants have been affected by closures and the CEO is foregoing his salary during the coronavirus crisis, the company said. The parent of chains including Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse has about 190,000 employees and plans to focus on growing takeout while dining rooms are closed. Read The Business Journals story here

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New consumer habits could bring change at convenience stores
posted on Apr 03 20

The lion’s share of US consumers live just a few minutes away from a convenience store, but changing consumer habits could disrupt the industry. Consumers are smoking less and using GPS instead of paper maps, slowing sales of two convenience store staples, and fuel-efficient cars mean people aren’t gassing up as often as they did in the past. Read the CNBC story here

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Papa John’s, Pizza Hut to hire 50K restaurant, delivery staffers
posted on Apr 02 20

Pizza Hut and Papa John’s are hiring. Papa John’s said it is hiring up to 20,000 restaurant workers and delivery drivers as the chain looks to fill positions as the pool of available workers increases along with demand for pizza delivery. Read the Restaurant Business online story here

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DoorDash teams up with competitors on #openfordelivery
posted on Apr 02 20

DoorDash and its competitors have put aside their differences during the Covid-19 pandemic. DoorDash, the third-party marketplace with the largest share of business, launched a new campaign titled Open for Delivery (#OpenForDelivery), urging consumers to order from local restaurants via DoorDash, or from rivals Uber Eats, Grubhub, Postmates, or Caviar. The latter is owned by DoorDash. Read the Nation’s Restaurant News story here

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