Pizza Hut claims the right to approve any buyers in the sale of 900 restaurants owned by NPC International, the chain's largest franchisee, according to court filings. NPC filed for bankruptcy protection with a significant amount of debt and Pizza Hut said its franchise agreements give it some control over choosing new buyers.
Many school districts are providing about half as many meals during the coronavirus pandemic as they did before prolonged school closures, according to the School Nutrition Association. School nutrition professionals across the US continue to innovate to expand access to meals, including offering grab-and-go and delivered meals, and Texas' Katy Independent School District opened drive-thru services in the evening.
Restaurants are turning to vegetables and international foods to appeal to customers looking for healthy options and interesting flavors amid the pandemic, Nancy Kruse writes. Chefs are also taking inspiration from the pantry staples that consumers are eating more of during the pandemic by serving up comforting dishes such as macaroni and cheese.
California's wine industry has faced major challenges this year from the pandemic and a record-setting wildfire season. Volumes of some varieties are likely to be lower this year, but wine makers across the state are resilient and there will be a 2020 wine season, said Gladys Horiuchi, media relations director for The Wine Institute.
Sibling New York City restaurants Marseille and Nizza are offering out-of-work Broadway actors the option of paying later -- or not at all -- for their meals. Broadway shows won't resume until at least May 30, 2021, and the eateries won't expect payment until the actors are back at work.
Restaurant operators are asking state and local officials to avoid imposing new restrictions or reclosing restaurants amid a growing wave of new COVID-19 cases. "We think the science is there to show it's safe to eat inside a restaurant," the National Restaurant Association's Sean Kennedy said.
MOD Pizza's practices of putting employees first, creating a culture of trust and offering all employees a level playing field to prove themselves have grown even more important during the pandemic, CEO Scott Svenson said. "We provide the field for you to play on, the research training and support. If you want to be a starter, you have to show up and play the game," he said.
Bar Louie emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in May during the pandemic that brought new challenges, requiring flexibility and quick thinking, CEO Tom Fricke said. The 73-unit Texas-based gastropub chain has scaled back ambitious restaurant opening plans and focusing on delivery in partnerships with six major delivery services, and with the creation of the virtual concept Sweet Lou's.
School nutrition professionals in Oklahoma City Public Schools continue to provide curbside meals at 62 sites, reporting 58% meal participation. Nutrition staff members began by serving cold meals at the start of remote learning, but eventually they progressed to serving hot meals, including popular items such as chicken nuggets and pizza, said Shonia Hall, director of school nutrition services for the district.
Enrique Olvera's new Los Angeles restaurant, Damian, is a sibling to Cosme in New York City, but the West Coast eatery will take a simpler approach to Mexican cuisine and focus on Baja-inspired recipes with some Asian and Mediterranean influences. The menu will also feature several salsas and tortillas made with corn nixtamalized in-house.
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