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Operations

How one tavern owner is trying to encourage his customers to get vaccinated

Chicago’s Village Tap is handing out $10 gift cards with proof of vaccination.

Marketing

Pandemic forces Restaurant Week changes this year

Around the country, operators and organizers are finding new ways to offer up the important annual promotion.

Applications are open for the new grant program to benefit groups that have traditionally been “exploited and racialized to the benefit of their white counterparts,” the Foundation said.

With limited federal aid and a still-surging pandemic, an unprecedented number of neighborhood restaurants were forced to close their doors for good.

The effort, which features weekly cooking demos and live cook-alongs, is designed to help pay the salaries of some of the chef-restaurateur's employees during the pandemic.

Meyer said all on-premise service at Union Square Hospitality Group restaurants would be suspended to preserve the health and safety of employees.

Many independent restaurants limped through earlier closures, thanks to limited federal aid, but operators say their future is even more precarious during this latest round of dining closures.

The Chicago-based multi-concept operator intends to let go of previously furloughed employees from more than two dozen restaurants, according to a filing with Illinois labor authorities.

The city has also announced $10 million in grants for independent restaurants and bars, as well as workforce training resources for laid-off hospitality employees.

This is the latest in an occasional series looking at independent restaurants closing their doors permanently due to the pandemic.

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