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Are New Yorkers ready to go out for dinner and a movie?

Feb 25, 2021
There is pent-up demand and cash. A lot of people who haven't lost their jobs also haven't been spending money.
Will there be a generational gap between who ventures out to dine and who be stays in and uses a delivery app?
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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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California restaurants can reopen, but owners are wary

Jan 26, 2021
Restaurateurs welcome the policy shift, but some are worried that it might be temporary and some are frustrated with the lack of advance notice.
The California Restaurant Association says 30% of the state's restaurants are likely to go out of business during the pandemic.
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The challenges of opening a restaurant during a pandemic

Dec 24, 2020
For one LA restaurateur, it was a significant investment at a risky time, but starting a business in his old neighborhood meant a lot to him.
Restaurateur Gabriel Paredes and his staff transformed the parking lot behind the restaurant into an outdoor dining space with wood walls and multiple levels.
Richard Hozack

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

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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What happens to consumer spending next in the stop-and-go COVID-19 economy?

Nov 5, 2020
It doesn't look good, considering the pandemic is still raging and there's no additional federal relief yet.
A man waits for his lunch order at relatively empty Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles in June.
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Drive-thrus are keeping the restaurant business rolling

Nov 2, 2020
In a pandemic, the less contact with customers the better, and the chains that can pull that off are doing all right.
Drive-thru restaurants are faring better than full-service eateries.
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How the pandemic has changed 3 workers' lives

Oct 29, 2020
We check in with three workers we've been following since March.
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QR codes are finally having a moment in the pandemic

Oct 23, 2020
They've been around for over 25 years, so why now?
People scan a QR code with their smartphones to check their health status to enter an area on a Beijing street. As Rivero notes, QR codes are already widely integrated into life in China.
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