The coronavirus pandemic is splitting the restaurant industry in two. Big, well capitalized chains like

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.


Domino’s Pizza Inc.

are gaining customers and adding stores while tens of thousands of local eateries go bust.

Larger operators generally have the advantages of more capital, more leverage on lease terms, more physical space, more geographic flexibility and prior expertise with drive-throughs, carryout and delivery. A similarly uneven recovery is unfolding across the business world as big firms have tended to fare far better during the pandemic than small rivals, thinning the ranks of entrepreneurs who could eventually become major U.S. employers. In the retail world, bigger chains like

Walmart Inc.


Target Corp.

are posting strong sales while many small shops struggle to stay open.

The divide between large and small restaurants surfaced in the summer. Chipotle more than tripled its online business sales in the second quarter

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The UK economy continued its recovery in August, growing by 2.1%, as the Eat Out to Help Out scheme boosted restaurants.

But the figure was below expectations and the economy is still 9.2% smaller than before the pandemic struck.

It marked the fourth consecutive month of expansion following the slump induced by the coronavirus lockdown.

However, growth in August was slower than the expansion seen in both June and July.

In June, the economy grew by 8.7% and in July, by 6.6%.

  • Eat Out to Help Out drives UK inflation to five-year low

Eat Out to Help Out, which ran from Monday to Wednesday during August, offered 50% off food up to the value of £10.

Discounts for more than 100 million meals were claimed through the scheme.

What is likely to happen next?

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2020 has meant a challenge for restaurants and businesses, who saw in home delivery applications an option to continue with their business; However, the solution led -in many cases- a new headache, when entering a totally different cost structure, with commission payments of up to 30%, without having access to data that would allow them to strengthen loyalty programs and knowledge of customers, thus losing control of the business.

If in the first months of the pandemic, the main obstacle for 85% of the restaurant sector was

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The owner of Matador Tacos and Tapas in downtown Kissimmee, Jackie Espinosa, says she has seen a difference in this last week, since Gov. Ron DeSantis has launched phase 3 of the state’s reopening plans.”This week we probably did a 10-15% increase from last week so that’s good, that’s going in the right direction,” Espinosa said. “Anything’s better than when it first started, so we’re excited the governor has lifted the ban, but obviously everyone still needs to be careful.”“In the beginning it was a little bit of a struggle, once we came back from the pandemic, but for the summer months, we did better than we did last year,” the owner of Aviles Hair Studio and Spa, Carlos Ramirez, said.Ramirez says their numbers have improved so much, they’re expanding next door. We asked how they were able to do so well in a pandemic.“We’re taking a lot of actions … Read More

El Fenix Mexican Restaurant on Lemmon Avenue in Dallas, near Inwood Road, has closed. It opened on Sept. 1, 1960, just over 60 years ago.

“We would like to thank our guests for over 60 years at our Lemmon location,” says Mike Karns, founder and CEO of El Fenix’s parent company, Local Favorite Restaurants. “Given current conditions, unfortunately we have made the difficult decision to not renew our lease.”

The company operates 14 El Fenix restaurants in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Beyond four stores in Dallas proper, the company sells its famous enchiladas at restaurants in Plano, Fort Worth, Arlington and more. (The El Fenix on Colorado Boulevard in North Oak Cliff was demolished in summer 2020 — a closure not related to the coronavirus pandemic. The landmark property was razed so a developer could build apartments in its place.)

The existing El Fenix restaurants offer takeout, curbside service and dine-in at

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Light streams through the windows at the new Spice Bridge Food Hall in Tukwila, further illuminating the butter-yellow walls. The air is filled with the scent of grilled chicken kebabs and coffee, but perhaps the best part is the sound of laughter from women chatting.

Kara Martin, program director for the Food Innovation Network (FIN), gestures to the ceiling, remarking on the need to get some sound baffles, but for now the symphony of laughter is the welcome sound of success.

Spice Bridge is the home of FIN’s Food Business Incubator, a program that helps provide women immigrants and refugees in South King County with everything from permit assistance and marketing guidance to rent subsidies and mentoring. Bridge, a 2,800-square-foot Tukwila global food hall, is home to four retail stalls and cook stations, a commercial kitchen and dining area.   (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)
Spice Bridge, a 2,800-square-foot Tukwila global food hall, is home to four retail stalls and cook stations, a commercial kitchen and dining area. (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

FIN is a program

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Sep 29, 2020 (CDN Newswire via Comtex) —
Global Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) IT Market 2020 by Company, Regions, Type and Application, Forecast to 2025 is currently an appended report by that will help you make informed decisions, know opportunities, plan new projects, explore drivers and restraints, plan effective business strategies, and provides a vision on the industry forecast. The report targets the major aspects related to global Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) IT market growth, development plan, and focuses on significant tactics. The market has experienced an amazing change structure-wise such as product developments, launches, and trends. The market is evaluated on the basis of segments including types and applications. It demonstrates the market size, market share, market trends, and development rate. The report analyzes the progress of this market movement of significant players in this

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Many of Ohio’s bars and restaurants have a grim outlook as business lags from COVID-19 health restrictions.

Monday, the Ohio Restaurant Association released its latest results from a business impact poll. ORA president John Barker said one of the most striking revelations from the survey was the potential long-term effects on businesses.

“The limitations on restaurants and bars have just caused such economic impact because you cannot generate enough revenue,” Barker explained.

According to the poll, 80 percent of respondents do not anticipate breaking even in 2020. More than half say they’ve lost 20-70 percent of their business during the pandemic. Fifty-six percent of restaurants believe they’ll be forced to close within 9 months if they continue operating at their current capacity. Less than one quarter of restaurants think they can stay open indefinitely.

“We have people that we know that had to fire staff or

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BOULDER, Colo. (KDVR) — It’s been an especially tough few days for Boulder restaurants, with new last call and age guidelines within city limits.

“We saw Saturday night—someone flew out from Florida and wanted to take their 21-year-old out, who just graduated from school. We could not take care of them. It’s so unnatural,” Frasca Food and Wine Owner Bobby Stuckey said.

Stuckey’s staff were preparing to move heat lamps out in their temporary patio space, while he interviewed with FOX31 on Monday.

He says small businesses face a much bigger issue, as they head into the colder months.

“Right now, it looks like over 50% of independent restaurants in Colorado will close by February,” Stuckey said.

He co-authored a bill—the RESTAURANTS Act—which would establish a $120 billion dollar fund for non-chain restaurants, that haven’t received any short-term coronavirus aid yet. Stuckey says he’s been laboring the bill, and its

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Vincent Williams has been in the fried chicken business for almost 40 years. In his tenure as a business owner, he’s been through it all: his Culver City restaurant Honey’s Kettle has survived lack of funding, a devastating fire, the Great Recession, and most recently, the Covid-19 pandemic. At the same time, he’s been a witness to decades of social change and racial tension in his native Los Angeles. Below, he reflects on what’s he’s seen, heard, and lived through. — as told to Lindsay Blakely

I was born in 1955 and moved to a perfectly integrated neighborhood in Pasadena in 1960. When the riots in L.A. happened in 1965, we were as frightened as anyone else–there was a scary level of lawlessness and fire and police in the streets. 

When I was 15, Pasadena decided to integrate its schools, which went against the grain in a lot of other

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