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Some industries still have a long way to go to recover from the pandemic

Apr 6, 2021
But in the public sector, and especially education, jobs may come back soon because of money in the latest COVID relief package.
The industries that have the furthest to go are ones you'd maybe expect: leisure and hospitality, accommodations, food services and restaurants.
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Starbucks turns 50 after year of pandemic challenges

Mar 30, 2021
Starbucks has become a place to meet, work or grab a cup of coffee. But that became a harder sell during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Starbucks' last report of quarterly results showed same-store sales down about 5% in the U.S.
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How will restaurants attract people dining out again?

Mar 25, 2021
The challenge for bigger restaurant chains will be how to differentiate themselves from other brands to bring in business.
"I think a lot of restaurant brands, particularly full-service brands, have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reinvent themselves effectively," said R.J. Hottovy, a restaurant analyst at Aaron Allen & Associates.
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What does a return to restaurants mean for big-name packaged food brands?

Mar 24, 2021
Companies like General Mills may need to focus on their digital strategies, to keep consumers buying their brands.
A lot will depend on whether consumers continue to work from home, said Victor Martino with Third Wave Strategies.
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Nashville's iconic Lower Broadway gets its first Black-owned businesses

Mar 10, 2021
Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack and Slim & Husky’s Pizza Beeria hope to draw tourists on a street that's hosted events like CMA Fest.
Co-Owner and Director of Branding and Marketing Clint Gray stands outside of the first Slim & Husky’s Pizza Beeria in North Nashville.
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Undocumented workers who lost restaurant jobs struggle to get relief

Feb 18, 2021
We hear from one line cook who lost his job when the pandemic hit and has since been unable to find another restaurant job.
Perhaps no group is more in need than restaurant workers. Many of them are undocumented, and were left out of CARES Act relief.
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Lunar New Year meal kits boom in London as restaurants remain in lockdown

Feb 12, 2021
Rather than travel to see extended family, the pandemic has forced a creative celebration for the start of the Lunar New Year.
View of Chinese lanterns ready to hang up in London's Chinatown.
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How the end of slavery led to two different minimum wages

Feb 9, 2021
After the Civil War, companies didn’t want to reach into their own pockets to pay recently freed enslaved people.
The national tipped minimum wage is just $2.13 an hour. Companies have to kick in more if workers don't make at least $7.25 an hour when you add in their tips.
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Refugee-owned restaurant's traditional recipe helps it stay afloat during pandemic

Feb 3, 2021
A Syrian restaurant in Providence, Rhode Island, is shipping its baklava across the country.
Aleppo Sweets, a Syrian restaurant in Providence, Rhode Island, is shipping its baklava across the country.
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A week in the life of a restaurant owner, ahead of a COVID winter

Dec 14, 2020
Allison Arevalo owns Pasta Louise, a Brooklyn restaurant. She kept a weeklong diary for us, as she, like many restaurant owners, faces yet another seismic change in the industry.
A Pasta Louise holiday gift basket. "I feel like my mind is just always kind of thinking about ways to keep people out and supporting us for the winter," says owner Allison Arevalo.
Allison Arevalo