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Financing

Some Casa Bonita superfans don’t want ‘South Park’s’ creators to buy the quirky landmark

A group called Save Casa Bonita has filed an objection to the proposed sale, offering to pay $3.5 million for the Mexican restaurant/tourist attraction.

Operations

Independent restaurants remain in crisis mode

There’s little to no post-pandemic recovery for small operators, with the delta variant creating continued anxiety and uncertainty. And winter is coming.

OpenTable data shows Mother's Day dining reservations up 64% in 2021 compared to pre-pandemic levels.

Operators are discovering that e-commerce can be a lucrative and permanent channel for selling food products and meal kits.

A traumatic 12 months coupled with an uncertain future create a chronic sense of unease for independent restaurant operators.

Despite recent hints of optimism in the industry, restaurants are still struggling. Well-loved independent restaurants continue closing due to the pressures of the pandemic.

St. Patrick's Day 2020 marked the beginning of a year of pandemic shutdowns. But, this year, restaurants are cautiously optimistic they can return to safely celebrating the event. It's a holiday many operators say is the year's biggest business day.

Independent restaurant operators say they are starting to feel hope that the pandemic is easing, given a new federal relief package and increased vaccine distribution.

Restaurants and other businesses with fewer than 20 employees will be the only ones allowed to apply for relief funding for a two-week period starting Wednesday.

The National Restaurant Association called the proposed aid a “game-changer for the tens of thousands of restaurants on the verge of closing.”

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