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.
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.
There is no shortage of news, advice and tips for restaurant owners coping with closed restaurants during COVID-19, and yet the demand for more and more updates is insatiable.Broadline distributor, US Foods has been providing assistance to its customers in the guise of menu design and business operations for two years shy of a decade, and now they’re opening up their resources to noncustomers as well.
Hennepin Healthcare regularly trains for major incidents. “We’ve trained for some nasty things, but I don’t recall training for a pandemic,” William Marks, director of food, nutrition and environmental services at Hennepin Healthcare, says.
Minnesota is home to around 300,000 Swedes, a giant IKEA store where you can add lingonberry syrup to your soft drink, as well as the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. So what can we learn from the way Sweden handled the pandemic—relying on personal responsibility and willful obedience?