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Hospitality Groups Looking for Strength in Numbers

Not happy with the Governor's pivot to opening patios, but not dining rooms, local hospitality groups are calling for restaurant owners to write to local and national legislators to help restaurants and bars get the relief they need to survive the current pandemic.

Limited Patio Dining OK, but In-restaurant Dining on Hold

It was like waiting for weeks to see if your numbers won the lottery and then finding out not only were your numbers all wrong, you had the wrong date as well.

Sales at Grocery Stores Increase Amid Stay-at-Home Measures

Grocery stores are stepping in for restaurants. C+R research recently examined the ways Americans have changed their grocery shopping habits during COVID-19 by surveying 2,000 consumers. Here’s what they found:

Tips for Welcoming Back Restaurant Staff and Customers

As states start allowing dining rooms to reopen, how do restaurant owners keep employees and customers safe? Here are best practices and tips from industry experts on getting back to business.

There's Additional Ways to Stay Safe During a Pandemic

A former police officer turned operations officer for a global security outfit offers some tips on what restaurateurs can do to keep their buildings safe while they're open limited hours or not at all.

ProStart National Competition Cancelled, But Seniors Still Win

The ultimate competition ProStart students from Sauk Raids-Rice High School had been prepping for most of their senior year isn’t happening. After winning the state competition back in March, both the culinary and management teams were slated to head to Washington, D.C., for the finals. And then COVID-19 closed down the country.

Ask The Expert Online Edition

Our question: What kind of liability do restaurateurs have if someone comes down with the coronavirus after dining at their restaurant? Or an employee is infected by another employee? Would this be covered by their current insurance policy? If not, should they alter their policies to reflect this kind of coverage? Here's how Kim Brown of KLB Insurance answered it.

Round-up: Lots of Best Practices and One Bad Idea

Here's the latest round-up of COVID-19-related news, including videos of notable Twin Cities restaurateurs telling their stories to lawmakers and taking your biscuits on the road.

Hand Scanners and Social Distancing Apps at Work

As states and companies begin to reopen and employees head back to work, brands are coming up with creative solutions to safety issues, including PathSpot, which scans hands to make sure they’ve been washed properly. New York-based consulting firm From, The Digital Transformation Agency, has developed a social distancing app that alerts employees if they’re within six feet of each other.

Is Now the Time to Eliminate Tipping?

Like it or not, the coronavirus has offered restaurants a reset button. And some local restaurateurs are considering taking advantage of this opportunity to eliminate tipping and go to a flat administrative service charge which benefit both front- and back-of-the-house employees.​ For more on this subject, check out our June/July issue.

Restaurant Stats and Advocating for Parking Lot Dining

We all know that restaurant sales plummeted in April, but the trend is starting to reverse itself—slowly. And it all depends on getting dining rooms open and flexibility by local municipalities.

James Beard Foundation Taps Five Locals

The James Beard Foundation decided to go ahead and announce the nominees for its coveted 2020 awards as “a glimmer of hope to an industry looking for light in a very dark time.” Five local chefs and two members of the media are up for awards.
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