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

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Sales at Chili’s drop to a third of usual volume

Delivery and takeout business has more than doubled, but off-premise is generating only about 30%-35% of former sales levels.

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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.

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Top 100 Independents 2019

See the full ranking of the Top 100 concepts, which account for more than $1.8 billion in annual revenue, and learn how they are putting hospitality first.

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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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The German chain, which has six locations in the U.S., had said the coronavirus made it insolvent.

The Applebee's parent has a proxy resolution calling for the company's two brands to be split.

Focus Brands, which also owns Jamba, McAlister’s Deli and several other brands, is offering relief pay and deferring or waiving franchisees’ fees.

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The chain is taking additional steps to protect workers and employees, prioritizing hot spots.

A new program from the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association is offering the funds for immediate relief based on need and longevity.

Pizza Inn franchisees are pushing back against the company’s effort to take control of the chain’s ad fund.

The move comes after bankruptcy-court supervisors fired CEO Hazem Ouf and CFO Jim Lebs for paying sales taxes without permission.

A new coalition that includes Thomas Keller, Wolfgang Puck, Daniel Boulud and more had a phone call with President Trump to urge the feds to force insurers to accept restaurant industry claims.

Deals and special packages on beer, wine and cocktails for delivery offer a sales bright spot during the coronavirus crisis.