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Restaurant sales don’t appear to be slowing down into April as consumers continue to spend their stimulus checks on eating out.

According to the most recent weekly update from the restaurant tracking service Black Box Intelligence, the industry posted positive two-year same-store sales for the third straight week. While traffic remains down—consumers are ordering more group orders still, as they’ve done since the start of the pandemic—they have been among the strongest since the start of the COVID era.

Such data continues to demonstrate a strong rebound for the industry more than a year after the start of

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Taco Bell has opened a “digital only” fast-food joint and bar in Times Square that uses automated kiosks to take food orders — but it will still serve booze the old-fashioned way.

The Mexican-themed chain said Tuesday the new location in the heart of Midtown features a bank of 10 kiosks where customers place their orders and pay. Opposite the kiosks stands a wall of locked cubbies that dispense tacos, burritos and chips.

The cubbies harken back to the days of automats that had populated Times Square in the decades through the 1970s, but Taco Bell said its new eatery

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A year after closing at the start of the pandemic, a downtown West Palm Beach restaurant is back open for business.

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Located along Olive Avenue in downtown West Palm Beach, Monday was a big day for the Hideout Kitchen and Café.

When owner Petro Bikos opened the doors to his breakfast and lunch place, he admitted it was more than a little stressful.


Petro Bikos said reopening his restaurant is exciting, and he’s happy to be serving customers again.

“Definitely anxious, excited and nervous. I couldn’t

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Self-care includes not getting sick, a variable that one advocate sees as a big obstacle to re-entry. “What is not sufficiently spoken about is the rate of vaccines of hospitality workers, especially when the restaurants don’t provide healthcare,” said Dr. Sekou Siby, executive director of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, a nonprofit that seeks to improve conditions for the industry’s lowest-paid employees.

In many parts of the country, indoor dining restrictions were loosened or lifted months before restaurant workers were eligible to be vaccinated. States have prioritized vaccine access for people over 65, but the average foodservice worker was 28.9

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Editor’s note: In celebration of Restaurant Month we are running a series of stories related to restaurants and the food industry business in our community. Today, we take a look at one of the longest running restaurants in Emporia.

The Emporia Country Club began more than 100 years ago in 1911, when a group of local businessmen began meeting at the Mit-Way Hotel to discuss the formation of such an establishment. According to the July 13, 1961 edition of The Emporia Gazette, a number of properties were discussed and viewed as a potential locations for the club before Anton

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) – Restrictions on indoor dining are nothing new to restaurant owners at this point in the pandemic, but this time things are a little different.

Governor Whitmer is asking them to take a break from indoor dining, instead of making it a requirement.

She is stressing this is a request not a new mandate and is asking everyone to do their part by avoiding indoor dining for the next two weeks.

“We are strongly urging restaurants and diners to be smart and eat outdoors or get take out,” Governor Whitmer said.

Precautions are needed for restaurant owners

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