As stay at home orders are relaxed and lifted across the country, businesses consider the best way to resume operations. We’ve gathered some articles below to help you decide how to proceed, whether you’re a restaurant operator or a diner weighing risks about the safety of eating out.
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- Thomas Keller’s lawyers to lead blackout in New York City’s Times Square to highlight plight of those financially affected by coronavirus [NRN]
Thomas Keller hopes to draw further attention to the struggle of restaurants through a 1-minute “dark-out” of NYC’s iconic Times Square.
- Wynn Las Vegas to reopen 5 restaurants May 29 [Las Vegas Review Journal]
The high-profile casino plans to lead the charge reopening on the Las Vegas strip, taking advantage of ordinances dictating restaurants can reopen if they are able to be reached without crossing the casino floor.
- Hotel Demand Started to Pick Up in Middle East: Accor MEA CEO [Bloomberg]
Accor discusses their reopening plans in an effort to make guests feel safe as travel traffic beings increasing across the world.
- The Best Hotel Bars in the World [Departures]
Congratulations to our partners at Four Seasons Philadelphia, Four Seasons Firenze, and Sofitel Mexico City Reforma for being featured in Departure’s list of best bars!
- Guy Fieri Has Raised Over $20 Million for Unemployed Restaurant Workers [Thrillist]
Famed chef and media legend Guy Fieri has helped lead one of the nationwide efforts to support F&B employees during the tumult of the pandemic.
- Restaurant bookings data show U.S. economy is starting to revive after Covid closures [CNBC]
Data from industry giant Opentable shows that compared to full dine-in closures in April, reservations have started to slowly tick back upwards during the month of May.
- CDC updates guidelines for restaurants [Food Business News]
To maintain safety as more businesses start opening across the country, the CDC released new guidelines stressing the importance of maintaining social distancing.
- 5 Newfangled Strategies NYC Restaurants Are Testing to Ease Into Dining [Eater]
Restaurateurs look to new and sometimes relatively untested technology to ease guest’s concerns about sanitation and social distancing.
- Agilysys Announces Hospitality Technology Solutions That Enable Safe and Enjoyable Guest Experiences [Hospitality Net]
Technology vendor Agilysys joins the list of companies releasing contactless technology that will help enable social distancing measures.
- DoorDash’s new chief revenue officer, Tom Pickett, will work directly with restaurants [NRN]
The new CRO of DoorDash discusses the company’s go-forward plan in an increasingly competitive atmosphere for online ordering and delivery.
- Presto Launches Free Contactless Dining Kit for Every Restaurant [QSR Magazine]
Leading technology company Presto aims to make contactless dining accessible for all restaurants, “no matter the size and configuration.”
- Toes in the Water: Transitioning to Reopen [Modern Restaurant Management]
Emily Washcovick, small business expert at Yelp, discusses the steps restaurants will need to take as they consider restarting operations.
- Hotels in Asia Find Locking Down Easier Than Unlocking [Skift]
Hoteliers in Asia discuss the barriers to reopening, from low occupancy to ongoing travel regulations.
- Memorial Day alcohol sales likely to surge, helping a suffering industry [CNBC]
Consumer preferences have shifted across the alcohol industry, causing craft beer sales to suffer while familiar brands and retail liquor sales surge.