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Boston Globe (April 5)

2021/ 04/ 07 by jd in Global News

“After a year of forced dormancy, the restaurant industry is scrambling to get ready for an expected boom this summer…. Despite a massive labor pool, some restaurants say they are having trouble finding people willing to return to the business. The pandemic, it seems, prompted some to reconsider life in an industry notorious for difficult working conditions.”

 

Boston Globe (September 18)

2020/ 09/ 19 by jd in Global News

“With major Boston-area employers extending work-from-home policies until 2021 or beyond and events and concerts and eating inside at restaurants and other fun activities either canceled, postponed, or greatly scaled back, the question has to be asked: Will we ever wear real clothes again?”

 

Market Watch (May 22)

2020/ 05/ 24 by jd in Global News

“Sweden’s policy of keeping schools, restaurants and businesses open while practising social distancing to prevent the coronavirus pandemic from spreading was seen as bold, but now it has now it has the highest deaths per capita in Europe from COVID-19.”

 

Wall Street Journal (April 16)

2020/ 04/ 18 by jd in Global News

“Can we please stop talking about “reopening” the U.S. economy?… There is no on-off switch. Swaths of the economy—restaurants, travel, retail shops—were already shrinking before governments ordered them shut, because people were afraid to dine, travel or shop. These fears will abate gradually, with the pace dictated by the course of the virus, not by anybody’s decree.”

 

Chicago Tribune (March 17)

2020/ 03/ 17 by jd in Global News

“The world’s largest Starbucks, the Reserve Roastery in Chicago, will close indefinitely Tuesday. The move comes after Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker ordered all restaurants and bars across the state to cease dine-in as of Monday at 9 p.m. until the end of March.”

 

Businessweek (January 4)

2019/ 01/ 04 by jd in Global News

“Just 19 percent of 15- to 17-year-olds had jobs in 2018, compared with almost half in 1968.” Shifts like this are “particularly troublesome for restaurants that have depended on young workers since the days of soda jerks and carhops.” Coupled with a tight employment market and increasing wages, restaurants will be “scrambling for cheap labor in 2019.”

 

Chicago Tribune (December 23)

2017/ 12/ 25 by jd in Global News

“Japanese leaders are now under international pressure to pass a sweeping smoking ban in restaurants and many other public places before Tokyo hosts the 2020 Olympics.” While many politicians are reluctant, “Japanese restaurateurs and entrepreneurs who seek to attract the widest possible international clientele during the Olympics—and after—will ban smoking. Wouldn’t it be terrific if the Tokyo Olympics sparked a Great Japanese Smokeout?”

 

New York Times (June 20)

2016/ 06/ 21 by jd in Global News

“Venezuela is convulsing from hunger,” with over 50 food riots in just the last two weeks. The mobs storming supermarkets, restaurants and stores for anything edible are showing that even in the “country with the largest oil reserves in the world, it is possible for people to riot because there is not enough food.”

 

LA Times (December 3)

2014/ 12/ 04 by jd in Global News

From next week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules will require restaurant chains, movie theaters, supermarkets and other chain outlets to provide calorie counts on their menus. This marks a step forward. “Awareness will almost certainly grow as the calorie listings become ubiquitous. Even better, restaurants appear to respond to such labeling requirements by offering new, lower-calorie options. It took a long time for the era of supersizing to wreak havoc on America’s waistlines; it will take a while for us to educate ourselves to behave differently.”

 

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