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Unions are gaining momentum at restaurants. They've been here before.

Sep 28, 2021
Unions for food and drink workers go back to 1891. But they lost their seat at the table with the growth of restaurant chains and fast food.
Restaurant unions have a long history, and the stresses the pandemic has imposed on food workers could stir a resurgence in membership, some experts say.
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Bars missing a key ingredient: alcohol

Jul 29, 2021
Managers are reworking their cocktail menus as shortages of materials and labor make some brands unavailable for weeks.
Several states are dealing with shortages of alcoholic beverages, thanks to high demand coupled with packaging problems.
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Will happy hour make a comeback?

May 18, 2021
With many offices going fully remote or hybrid, happy hour has become a dead zone for bars.
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As restaurants and bars reopen, some find workers are scarce

Mar 19, 2021
With warmer weather in some places and more people getting vaccinated, the industry is preparing to serve more patrons.
Despite new hiring, the restaurant industry has a long way to go, says Erica Groshen, a senior economic adviser at Cornell University.
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Bars and restaurants brace for Super Bowl Sunday

Feb 4, 2021
Curfews, cold weather and capacity restrictions are turning business on its head.
This year's Super Bowl viewing experience will be a far cry from last year's revelry in packed sports bars.
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An unemployed bartender’s search for work and stability

Dec 2, 2020
“There’s just a lot of people applying for not a lot of jobs,” says Neil Cairns of Portland, Oregon.
With many bars and restaurants closed or struggling to stay open, there's stiff competition for jobs in the industry.
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Bars struggle amid suspicion and closures during pandemic

Oct 1, 2020
Social places by nature, bars have faced tighter restrictions than many other businesses, and are suffering the consequences.
A group of people takes shots before they watch the first presidential debate at a sports bar on Sept. 29 in Washington, D.C.
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Texas bar owners sue state after being forced to close again

Jun 30, 2020
Bar owners say they are being unfairly singled out.
A bartender serves a drink to a customer at a bar in Austin, Texas, in May. Texas Gov. Abbott has singled out bars as the reason for a spike in COVID-19 cases in the state.
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Takeout cocktails have saved many businesses. Some states want to make them permanent offerings.

Jun 25, 2020
Takeout cocktails have saved jobs in the restaurant and bar industries.
A bartender sells a frozen margarita to go in New York City. Offering alcohol for takeout  has helped keep restaurants and bars afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Why clear ice is becoming a cocktail standard

Jul 23, 2019
The new-age flourish is made by pushing impurities and air out while the ice is being formed.
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