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50 Great Ideas 2020

50 Great Ideas 2020

Make-your-own signature dish

Every Thursday, Cowboy Chicken posted favorite recipes for dishes that were taken off the menu, such as tacos and campfire veggies. Home cooks sheltering in place could make each of the dishes in less than an hour with pantry staples.

50 Great Ideas 2020

Funding formula

Erik Bruner-Yang, founder of Foreign National restaurant group in Washington, D.C., launched a crowd-funding initiative based on a mathematical model that works to hire displaced workers and feed communities.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit sought contenders for “Mom’s best advice” via social media through the month of May. The person who submitted the best bit of wisdom received free barbecue for a year.

Fast-casual chain Tender Greens put together a box of wine, cheese, salami, condiments and fruit for a picnic at home, as well as a morning baking box for diners to prepare.

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.

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