Latest Industry News – Week of June 29th

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Compeat is committed to doing all we can to help you stay informed with everything happening in the industry today.

We have aggregated industry data, tips and strategies in one place for you here and are providing our weekly newsletter below that also includes Compeat updates. We are here to help restaurants thrive today and going forward.

Compeat Reminders and Updates

Compeat Customer Data Update: The Good and Bad News of June Data

Good News: Restaurant sales are still showing overall growth from May to June and percent of restaurants closed is down to 20% in June.

Bad News: Protests and curfews caused restaurant week over week sales to decline in first week of June and spikes in COVID-19 cases are causing a decline the last two weeks of June…

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Restaurants Turns to UV Light and “Cold Fog” Devices to Battle COVID-19

Early on, when the coronavirus pandemic shut down dine in service in March, restaurateur Bruno Serato looked towards his European roots for solutions to prepare for reopening. Soon, the owner of The Anaheim White House, a beloved fine dining institution in Anaheim, Calif., began ordering plexiglass barriers. Then, he started investing in ultraviolet (UV) light devices, specifically UVC sanitizing instruments. UVC light has the most energy of the three types of UV light…

Darden CEO: ‘Once in a Lifetime Opportunity’ Arrives

Restaurateurs and industry experts have continually asked this question throughout the COVID-19 catastrophe: What disruptions will become permanent? Is the “new normal” all-inclusive, or will it pick and choose? For Darden CEO Gene Lee, the answer isn’t complicated. While the pandemic pressed the casual leader’s entire business—as it did all restaurants—it also opened a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Lee said. A chance “a lot of us had been waiting for.”…

July 4th Weekend Menu Ideas

With the ban on large gatherings this July 4, many communities have canceled their annual fireworks displays. But restaurants are stepping in to fill the gap with spirited food and drink promotions. Independence Day menu items are geared to carryout, meal kits, picnic packs and the many ways Americans are dining and celebrating the holiday this year…

Restaurant Industry Insights

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Pandemic Fuels Widespread Changes in Alcohol Laws

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Are Restaurants Saying Goodbye to Third-Party Delivery Apps?

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PPP Rule Changes and Forgiveness Update

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Restaurants Doing Good 

Momofuku Group Issues COVID-19 Safety Guide for Restaurant Industry

 David Chang’s Momofuku Group has released a comprehensive guide to health and safety procedures at their restaurants during the novel coronavirus pandemic. “We’ve been working on the @momofuku COVID-19 protocol for 4 months,” Chang said in a tweet pinned to his Twitter account. “It’s by no means perfect … [but] I think it’s important we all start to work off the same page, to start a dialogue to help each other out.”…

Coca-Cola, Uber Eats Join Forces to Aid Feeding America

The Coca-Cola Company and Uber Eats launched a joint program to benefit the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, Feeding America. Through June 28, for every order placed via Uber Eats from a participating restaurant, Feeding America will receive a donation to provide one meal* to a person in need, with the goal of providing up to 5 million meals…

O’Charley’s Hosting Special 4th of July Fundraiser Effort for Folded Flag

O’Charley’s Restaurant + Bar, the classic American restaurant with locations across 17 states, announced a special July 4th weekend fundraising effort for The Folded Flag Foundation, the non-profit organization that provides educational scholarships and support grants to the families of our country’s fallen heroes. O’Charley’s locations will be offering guests a limited-edition red, white and blue pie for $14.99 or just $5 with the purchase of a Family-Style Meal, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Folded Flag…


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