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The year of the drive-thru

When the coronavirus pandemic hit, people didn’t stop going to restaurants; they just went through the drive-thru. The result has been a flurry of innovation and intense competition for real estate.


Cheesecake sees pent-up demand for its dining rooms

As an added bonus, the operator said interest in its off-premise offerings also remains strong.

The struggling food-and-games chain filed a lawsuit against Gov. Andrew Cuomo, calling his mandate to keep arcades closed while similar businesses reopen “arbitrary and unconstitutional.”

The chain said it was “strongly recommending” its workers get shots to protect them from coronavirus.

The Danny Meyer-backed farm-to-table chain has temporarily closed more than half its stores, laid off 40% of its workforce and has hired a bank to help raise funds.

The fast-casual burger chain won’t require employees get inoculated against COVID, but they’ll get six hours of PTO if they do.

The company is working with the State of Washington on scaling vaccine efforts.

The eatertainment chain was forced to temporarily reclose some locations, leading to a same-store sales decline of 75% early in Q4.

The company filed for Chapter 11 on Monday. On Tuesday it blamed the filing on two former executives.

The coffee giant decided to pause the promotion out of concern for the safety of its workers.

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