Tag: Pandemic

Restaurants press to keep delivery app caps as they rebound from pandemicRestaurants press to keep delivery app caps as they rebound from pandemic

TORONTO — Restaurant owners say food delivery apps have taken too big a bite out of their revenues for too long.



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Food delivery apps were forced to implement lower fees when dine-in service was closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, and restaurants say the change should be made permanent if they are to recover from the crisis.

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“I really hope they do keep the lower fees because it does help a lot,” said Sharon Bond, the owner of Westbank, B.C.’s Kekuli Cafe. “Costs have gone up tremendously.

“We’re in a pandemic so (everyone’s

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3 Dallas restaurants that survived the heat of the pandemic, then still closed3 Dallas restaurants that survived the heat of the pandemic, then still closed

It’s been well over a year since the coronavirus pandemic decimated the restaurant industry. About 9,000 restaurants closed in Texas, says Emily Williams Knight, CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association. But the worst is behind us, right?

That depends. Some restaurateurs who suffered through the pandemic are just now realizing that their businesses can’t endure.

“It just feels cruel at this point, for these restaurant owners,” Knight says.

In one year, March 2020 to March 2021, about 18% of Dallas-area restaurants failed. Better times are likely ahead, and new restaurant permit requests are beginning to accelerate across the

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How to Pull Off a Giant Food Festival in the Last Days of the PandemicHow to Pull Off a Giant Food Festival in the Last Days of the Pandemic

Guy Fieri doing his take on chicken and waffles at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival

“This is a hot mess.”

That was Guy Fieri yukking it up on stage during the 2021 South Beach Wine and Food Festival (or SOBEWFF), which took place on Miami Beach over four days in late May.

The megastar chef (and now a very, very rich Food Network employee) was referring both to his past appearances at the fest — something about a frozen margarita machine and demanding Motley Crue’s “Shout at the Devil” as his intro music — and this year’s

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