Restaurant Business is tracking the unprecedented impacts of COVID-19 on the restaurant industry. Please check back often for round-the-clock updates.
The pandemic has hastened Ruby Tuesday’s decline
The casual dining chain, which has been shrinking for years, has closed at least 150 locations, more than a third of the system, and many will not reopen.
Restaurants with closed dining rooms win clearance for outdoor seating
A number of jurisdictions are embracing sidewalk dining and drinking as a safer near-term option—a view shared by consumers, according to new research.
States start to reopen dining rooms
After a nearly nationwide shutdown to curb COVID-19, states are beginning to lift restrictions on restaurants. RB will update this map with the latest information.
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.
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.
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.