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50 Great Ideas 2020

50 Great Ideas 2020

Proof of wellness

Many states reopening their restaurants were recommending or requiring supervisors to take employees’ temperatures before a shift.

Social Eats in Santa Monica, Calif., and Bonus Round Cafe in Chicago offered curbside pickup of board games for customers to play with their meals.

Florida-based Datz was one of numerous chains that sold to-go cocktail kits as many states loosened rules around off-premise alcohol sales.

Salad chain Sweetgreen installed Outpost delivery stations at some hospitals to help deliver free meals to healthcare workers, who can pick them up at the contactless outlets.

Tara Jamieson, owner of full service Feather & Stone in Walton, N.Y., wrote jokes and inspirational messages on takeout containers from her restaurants during the pandemic.

Duck Donuts, a 92-unit chain, sold doughnuts along with containers of icing and sprinkles so kids could decorate them at home.

Sage Restaurant Group in Denver asked chefs to record Instagram live videos cooking one of their restaurant’s signature dishes, offering viewers some kitchen tricks while also keeping them engaged with the restaurants.

Through a promotion called Fried Chicken ‘n Chill, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen provided its Netflix username and password to the first 1,000 customers to post a picture of themselves with a Popeyes meal and the hashtag #ThatPasswordFromPopeyes.

The Darling in Chicago created a takeout meal complete with flowers, Champagne and a QR code that customers could scan to stream a cabaret performance on their phone.

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