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50 Great Ideas 2020

50 Great Ideas 2020

No window, no problem

Chicken Salad Chick put up pop-up tents at its locations in strip malls to create quick and easy drive-thru locations.

50 Great Ideas 2020

Cookie-baking kits

Sandwich chain Potbelly Sandwich Shop and full-service restaurant Beatrix were among the operators selling preformed cookie dough for customers to take and bake.

Eatertainment chain Chuck E. Cheese, known as a birthday party celebration spot, sold family fun packs and party packs for delivery, including goody bags with toys, a doll, cake and gaming tickets for a future visit.

Shaw’s Crab House hosted online sushi-rolling instruction with its sushi chef. Ingredients could be picked up at Shaw’s and participants could then follow along with the class on Facebook Live.

Anyone who ordered meal delivery, a cocktail kit or CSA Box from Canlis in Seattle received free bingo cards for a livestream bingo night every Friday. Prizes included Canlis gift cards.

North Palm Beach, Fla., restaurants invited residents in the area via Facebook to order takeout from a different restaurant each night of the week.

Milwaukee restaurant Lazy Susan offered “restaurant bond” gift cards to be used after the pandemic subsides.

When the coronavirus took over the U.S. in mid-March, it was like nothing restaurants had experienced before.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, recognizing that people might have fallen off the wellness bandwagon while self-quarantining, added new options to its line of Lifestyle Bowls.

Uno Pizzeria & Grill gave away virtual birthday parties to kids in the Boston area, setting them up with DIY pizza kits—something that had normally been reserved for dine-in customers—and connecting them with friends via video conference to celebrate.

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