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Operations

Thousands of indies say they will close without federal aid

More than 3,300 independent restaurants signed a letter Thursday saying they will have to permanently shut their doors if Congress does not replenish the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.

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.

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.

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