Back in August 2009 B.C. (Before Covid), deep in the trough of the Great Recession and weary of the daily barrage of “Everything’s going wrong and the world is about to end!” we began this monthly roundup of what was still going right. Today, Covid-19 has created a new kind of uncertainty — but with a critical difference: everyone is susceptible this time around. No “best practices” or management jujitsu will stop the virus, only slow its spread (or so we hope), until widespread vaccine availability (we hope). So, in addition to our regular roundup of business growth and change, we’ve added a special section on how businesses are coping with the coronavirus. Sorry, it’s not all good news right now… but you knew that.
Here’s your chance to follow the leaders, every third Tuesday of the month!
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COPING WITH COVID – REOPENING, RECOVERY, & CLOSINGS
What Stays and What Goes in a Post-Covid World
Webinar (Dec. 17): Re-Emergence: Decoding Trends that Will Shape the World Beyond the Virus
The State of Quick-Service Technology in 2021 (Netsurion)
Cheesecake Factory Pays $125,000 Over SEC Covid-Disclosure Charges
Chick-fil-A Sues Poultry Suppliers, Alleging Price-Fixing
20 Restaurant Brands that Unveiled New Store Prototypes in 2020
How Automation Is Shaking Up the Kitchen at Restaurants
McDonald’s Changes Franchise Fees, Eliminates Happy Meals Subsidy
NRA: 10,000 Restaurants Have Closed in the Past 3 Months
Nearly 14% of Washington, D.C. Covid-19 Outbreaks Linked to Restaurants and Bars
Should Restaurants Make Covid Vaccinations Mandatory?
Nearly Half of U.S. Workers Say Employers Should Require Covid-19 Vaccines
Massachusetts Opts for Different Ways of Making Restaurants Safe
Dave & Buster’s Plots Major Ops Changes Amid Continued Pandemic Challenges
The Fastest-Growing Brands of 2020
E-Book: 8 Ways To Stay Resilient in the Restaurant and Food Services Industry in the 2020s
NRD Capital Raises $47.7 Million
FAT Brands Agrees To Merge with Controlling Shareholder Fog Cutter Capital
Sun Capital, Friendly’s Owner, Hastens Exit from Restaurants with String of Sales
Starbird Chicken Raises $4 Million in Funding
NEW UNITS/GROWTH/EXPANSION/NEW & EMERGING BRANDS
Orangetheory Expands, Even as Covid Cases Soar
Tasty Restaurant Group Adds Another 37 Pizza Huts
Salsa Fresca Mexican Grill Preps for Franchise Growth
Gift Card Giving To Drive Restaurants’ 2020 Holiday Season
ANA Blasts Apple’s Newest Move Against Tracking Cookies
Pinterest Shares Trend Predictions for 2021 Based on Usage Data
FTC Suggests Removing Bad Reviews Might Deceive Consumers
Bibibop Asian Grill Offers Entire Month of Bowls for $100, Starting Dec. 22
Dollar General and Dollar Tree Stores Start Moving Upmarket
Denny’s Raises Over $800,000 for No Kid Hungry To Fight Childhood Hunger in the U.S.
Domino’s Commits More Than $9.6 Million to Front-Line Worker Bonuses
PEOPLE, AWARDS, MILESTONES
Focus Brands President Kat Cole To Step Down by Year-End
Starbucks Names Mellody Hobson Board Chairwoman