California restaurant vows to serve only unvaccinated diners

An Italian restaurant in Huntington Beach, California, that has resisted mask mandates since last year is now vowing to serve only those who have not received a coronavirus inoculation.

Basilico’s Pasta E Vino posted a sign on its front door that read, “NOTICE Proof of being unvaccinated required.” It is unclear how long the sign has been up or what would constitute “proof” of not having received doses of the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson and Johnson vaccines, though the restaurant railed against “HATERS” and “LITTLE DICTATORS” after owners said they were the subject

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Konnichiwa moves downtown, new Duncan sports bar, and Friday brunch

Spartanburg Eats is back with news on new and potential restaurants opening in Spartanburg County.

This week, we have news of two new dining options coming to Spartanburg and Duncan, a potential new franchise, and an in-case-you-missed-it service change at a downtown restaurant. 

Spartanburg Eats offers a regular digest of the county’s need-to-know restaurant news. Reach out to Samantha Swann at [email protected] with what you want to hear about next or if you’d like your restaurant to be featured.

Konnichiwa to open downtown Spartanburg location

Konnichiwa, the Japanese steak and sushi bar, will be opening

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Springfield restaurant workers protest, ask for higher wages

Picketing outside of Aviary Cafe in Springfield, about a dozen workers on Monday protested for higher wages and health benefits after “being overworked like slaves.” 

The strikers were not unionized, and all were fired after walking off the job Sunday. 

“Our last straw was when our management team left in the middle of a Saturday lunch rush (not the first time that’s happened) and left their understaffed employees to run their restaurant for them during one of the busiest days of the week,” wrote Aviary kitchen worker Perry Ashlock on Facebook. 

“The whole intention with

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Covid-19 global updates: France approves law requiring coronavirus health pass for restaurants, other venues

Here are some significant developments:

  • New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, recorded 145 new coronavirus cases Monday as authorities there struggle to curb an outbreak of the more infectious delta variant of the virus. Thousands of people protested lockdown measures in the state capital, Sydney, over the weekend.
  • Beginning Monday, more than 10 million residents of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s largest commercial hub, will be subject to a strict nighttime curfew to help officials battle an unprecedented surge in coronavirus infections.
  • London’s Heathrow Airport Monday called on the British government to reopen travel
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French parliament OKs restaurant COVID pass, vaccine rules

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Thousands of protesters gather at Place Trocadero near the Eiffel Tower attend a demonstration in Paris, France, Saturday July 24, 2021, against the COVID-19 pass which grants vaccinated individuals greater ease of access to venues. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)

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France’s parliament approved a law early Monday requiring special virus passes for all restaurants and domestic travel and mandating vaccinations for all health workers.

Both measures have prompted protests and political tensions. President Emmanuel Macron and his government say they are needed to protect vulnerable populations and hospitals as infections rebound and to

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Chattanooga restaurateurs are happy customers are back, but it’s stressing small staffs

Chattanooga area restaurants are seeing sales receipts climbing to near-record levels in some cases, which is proving to be both good and bad news as staffing remains a struggle.

The increased numbers of people wanting to get out and have a good time have stressed staff and customers alike to the point of physical altercations in some cases.

In others, it has meant hospitality workers pulling double and even triple shifts, which increases the stress levels and adds to delays in service as workers are simply tired, area restaurateurs say.

Scottie Bowman said her Scottie’s

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