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Restaurant Business

Restaurant Business is tracking the unprecedented impacts of COVID-19 on the restaurant industry. Please check back often for round-the-clock updates.

Food

Recapturing office catering dollars

As employees begin to trickle back to the workplace, restaurants are revamping catered lunches to meet today’s demands.

Operations

California to police COVID-19 protocols with ‘strike teams’

Squads drawn from seven state agencies will work with county officials to crack down on repeat offenders. Gov. Gavin Newsom cited restaurants and bars as prime examples.

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Covid-19 News

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10 days that changed the restaurant industry

For much of March, the threat of COVID-19 grew as the infection spread. On March 11, that problem became very real for thousands of restaurant operators and millions of employees, beginning a 10-day period unlike anything the industry has ever seen. The business may never be the same.

Emerging Brands

The Burgerim disaster

Burgerim was once one of the hottest, fastest-growing brands in the U.S. Then its founder left the country, leaving behind a wreckage of unpaid workers, bankrupt franchisees and others struggling to make it work.

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Recent Stories

The industry added about 1.5 million new jobs last month but remain far off pre-pandemic levels.

As employees begin to trickle back to the workplace, restaurants are revamping catered lunches to meet today’s demands.

The company, which is also Wendy’s largest operator, has been struggling with massive debt levels.

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This week’s edition of the RB podcast “A Deeper Dive” features Juan Martinez, from Profitality, talking about unit economics and the coronavirus.

The big Pizza Hut and Wendy’s operator had too much debt. But its capital structure was far from unique, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Operators across segments are planning smaller locations optimized for off-premise as consumer habits change rapidly.

The chain is making its “$5 Footlongs when you order two” promotion digital-only as the offer hurt operator profits.

Loans will continue to be offered to small businesses for another five weeks, but Treasury Secretary Mnuchin had raised the possibility of using the remaining funds specifically to help restaurants.

The summer vacation season is here, but Americans are sticking close to home.