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As spring takes hold, the sidewalks of New York are filling with people. Their bodies are loaded with vaccine-induced antibodies, and their heads are throbbing with an urge to enjoy city life again. The restaurant business staggered, but never stopped, and if you spent the past year cooking at home you’d be surprised how many new places have sprung up. Here are some of my favorites, all opened during or just before the pandemic, and all offering outdoor seating. I reviewed five of them last year, when I wasn’t convinced anyone was paying attention. The others I checked out and

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The past year has crushed independent restaurants across the country and brought a reality to their doors: Many were unprepared for a digital world.

Unlike other small retailers, restaurateurs could keep the tech low, with basic websites and maybe Instagram accounts with tantalizing, well-lit photos of their food.

For the past decade, Krystle Mobayeni had been trying to convince them that they needed more. Ms. Mobayeni, a first-generation Iranian-American, started her company, BentoBox, in 2013 as a side job. She wanted to use her graphic design skills to help restaurants build more robust websites with e-commerce abilities. But it was

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The future of food is here.

A restaurant in Florida has added several new high-tech workers to its roster. After struggling with staffing issues, the seafood place decided to invest in robots to help deliver food to tables and perform other important tasks.

Mr. Q Crab House in Hollywood, Fla., invested in three foodservice robots, Fox 23 reports. The electronic workers have been performing various tasks normally assigned to servers and other front-of-house workers.

The business’ owner, Joy Wang, reportedly decided to invest $30,000 in the robots because the restaurant was struggling with staffing issues.

According to the news outlet,

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BRANSON, Mo. (KY3) – After a unanimous vote during the April 14 Branson Board of Alderman meeting, city leaders voted to repeal the mask mandate beginning April 16.

Despite the mandate being lifted, some businesses and restaurants are still requiring their employees to wear masks.

Thai Thai Cuisine restaurant manager, Kyle Jennings said his staff is still planning to wear masks. He thinks the mandate might have been lifted a little early.

“I think it’s a good thing to keep the masks, I think they lifted it early, but it was a good idea to keep wearing our masks as

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Bao Bao Dumpling House is the latest of businesses to be selected as part of the Vans Foot the Bill Initiative

PORTLAND, Maine — It’s been 13 months since customers last sat inside of the dining room at Bao Bao Dumpling House in Portland. Owner Cara Stadler opted to do whatever she could to limit her employees exposure to COVID-19. 

Stadler’s business, like so many other small businesses is in Maine, is still feeling the impacts of the pandemic. 

“We’re just thankful for any and all help that we can get,” said Stadler. 

That help is coming in the way

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WASHINGTON — Last year, when he was still secretary of state, Mike Pompeo dismissed accusations that he or his wife, Susan Pompeo, had asked State Department staff to walk his dog or perform other personal tasks as “patently false” and “crazy stuff.”

On Friday, a State Department inspector general’s report concluded that the Pompeos had deployed government employees not just to take care of their dog, but to make restaurant reservations and hair salon appointments, deliver jewelry to their home, prepare their personal Christmas cards, order flowers for some friends, pick up others at hotels and, in one case, buy

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