The Atlantic: Don’t Eat Inside a Restaurant

The Atlantic: Don’t Eat Inside a Restaurant. “The unfortunate ubiquity of mucus is why restaurants, it brings me no pleasure to report, are contributing to the spread of the coronavirus. Indoor public places, including restaurants, played a significant role in the spread of COVID-19 this spring, according to scientific analyses of cellphone data. In a September study, people who tested positive for COVID-19 were more than twice as likely as those who tested negative to report eating in a restaurant recently. Talking with someone who has COVID-19 for 30 minutes or longer—about the time between your bloomin’-onion appetizer and molten-chocolate dessert—more than doubles your odds of catching it.”

Mother Jones: Hygiene Theater at Restaurants Is Creating Endless Plastic Waste

Mother Jones: Hygiene Theater at Restaurants Is Creating Endless Plastic Waste. “…it’s not clear exactly how many restaurants have switched to disposables. But extrapolating from pre-pandemic studies of California restaurants, a midsize restaurant with 30 seats went through 17,800 disposable cups and utensils in a year. Multiply that by 520,000—the number of US restaurants that the consulting firm McKinsey estimates survived the COVID-19 shutdowns—and you get more than 9 billion pieces of trash in one year. And bursting landfills aren’t the only problem: The uptick in plastic restaurant waste, advocates point out, will be especially acute in Black and Brown communities.”

The Guardian: Food couriers denied toilet access at UK’s top chains during lockdown

The Guardian: Food couriers denied toilet access at UK’s top chains during lockdown. “Some of the UK’s biggest restaurant chains, including McDonald’s, KFC, Nando’s, Subway and Wagamama, have been illegally denying toilet access to the couriers that have helped keep them in business during the lockdown. Couriers claim government laws stipulating that people making deliveries should continue to have access to loos during the pandemic are being widely flouted at food outlets currently restricted to takeaways only.”

Eater DC: Crowdfunding Donations Pour In to Save a Halal Grill in D.C. Famous for Feeding Homeless People

Eater DC: Crowdfunding Donations Pour In to Save a Halal Grill in D.C. Famous for Feeding Homeless People. “Sakina Halal Grill owner Kazi Mannan has a lot to be thankful for as Thanksgiving approaches this year. Just last week, the South Asian restaurant in downtown D.C. was on the ropes, and Mannan was prepared to lock up for good. In a last ditch effort, Mannan launched a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe on Thursday, November 12. Over its first six days, the fund raised more than $237,000 toward a $250,000 goal.”

Vox: Why restaurants are open and schools are closed

Vox: Why restaurants are open and schools are closed. “While there remains some debate, schools don’t appear to be major sources of viral spread in this pandemic. Restaurants, bars, and gyms, however — places where adults congregate, often in close quarters and often without masks — do seem to contribute to outbreaks. Indeed, many European countries that have locked down to mitigate their second waves have allowed schools to remain open while such businesses close. ‘It seems very clear to me that schools ought to be our priority,’ Robin Lake, director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education, a research organization at the University of Washington, told Vox. So why aren’t more places in the US closing the bars and keeping the schools open?”

‘Thanksgiving To Go’: Americans splash out on takeaways (BBC)

BBC: ‘Thanksgiving To Go’: Americans splash out on takeaways. “As officials warn against travel and in some places bar gatherings of more than 10 people due to the pandemic, the limits have raised questions about the impact on Thanksgiving, normally one of the biggest holidays in the US and a generator of billions of dollars in travel and food sales. Among poultry producers, the likelihood that smaller gatherings this year could loosen loyalty to the traditional turkey dinner has raised fears of a surplus of the fowl, especially of larger birds.”

‘I can’t feed myself’: DC restaurant famous for feeding the homeless daily now struggling (WJLA)

WJLA: ‘I can’t feed myself’: DC restaurant famous for feeding the homeless daily now struggling. “A Washington, D.C. restaurant that went viral for its efforts to feed the poor and homeless is now asking the public for help. When ABC7 did a story on Sakina Halal Grill in February 2019 – the owner, Kazi Mannan, said it changed his life.”

New York Times: Limiting Indoor Capacity Can Reduce Coronavirus Infections, Study Shows

New York Times: Limiting Indoor Capacity Can Reduce Coronavirus Infections, Study Shows. “Restaurants, gyms, cafes and other crowded indoor venues accounted for some 8 in 10 new infections in the early months of the U.S. coronavirus epidemic, according to a new analysis that could help officials around the world now considering curfews, partial lockdowns and other measures in response to renewed outbreaks.”

Washington City Paper: Will D.C. Dial Back Indoor Dining as COVID-19 Cases Climb?

Washington City Paper: Will D.C. Dial Back Indoor Dining as COVID-19 Cases Climb?. “Despite the fact that coronavirus cases in this region are hitting new highs this month and new scientific research about the risks of indoor dining is emerging, the mayor’s office continues to allow restaurants and bars to operate. D.C. is in Phase 2 of reopening, which allows for indoor dining at 50 percent capacity with service hours limited to between 6 a.m. through midnight. Today alone, the District reported 206 new COVID-19 cases.”

ABC News: Restaurants unsure if they’ll last the winter with COVID-19 relief talks stalled

ABC News: Restaurants unsure if they’ll last the winter with COVID-19 relief talks stalled. “One in six restaurant and foodservice outlets in the United States has closed since the pandemic began, according to a survey by the National Restaurant Association. With the winter approaching, COVID-19 cases reaching all-time highs and relief talks stalled in Congress, Weinzweig is among the nearly 16 million people who work in the restaurant industry and the food supply chain. Eight months since the country started shutting down, they’ve grown desperate for aid.”

BNN Bloomberg: Chipotle CEO sees staffing shortages worsening as virus surges

BNN Bloomberg: Chipotle CEO sees staffing shortages worsening as virus surges. “Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. has had to temporarily close its doors at some locations or limit store hours because so many workers are sick during the COVID-19 pandemic, a phenomenon its CEO predicts will get worse in the coming months.”

Time Out New York: This Google doc shows all NYC restaurants and bars with heaters

Time Out New York: This Google doc shows all NYC restaurants and bars with heaters. “For you dear reader, we’ve started a Google doc with more than 100 restaurants and bars with outdoor dining setups that will keep you warm. Click here to find the running list, which we’ll be updating regularly. It’s like the chain letter we all need this year (email us at food.ny@timeout.com for all the spots we’ve still yet to add because we know Staten Island has more than one spot).”

CNET: This app will tell you if the local McDonald’s ice cream machine is broken

CNET: This app will tell you if the local McDonald’s ice cream machine is broken. “We all know the heartbreak of wanting nothing more than a cheap ice cream cone from McDonald’s, only to find when we get there that the machine is apparently broken. Thankfully, people will never run out of reasons to build apps, and there’s now one called mcbroken that’ll tell you whether the machine at your local McDonald’s is working.”

Eater DC: In D.C., Dr. Fauci Inspires Trust, Calm, and a Popular Line of Pouched Cocktails

Eater DC: In D.C., Dr. Fauci Inspires Trust, Calm, and a Popular Line of Pouched Cocktails. “Dr. Anthony Fauci’s face is everywhere, which explains why it popped into Rohit Malhotra’s head. As the nation’s leading expert on infectious disease, Fauci endeared himself to the public early on in the COVID-19 pandemic with his heavy Brooklyn accent, unassuming physique, and straight talk on the novel coronavirus. Over the past seven months, he has become a household name, a frequent guest on primetime news shows, inevitable meme fodder, and — thanks to Malhotra and his staff — the unwitting logo for a line of pouched cocktails that helped a Washington, D.C., bar stay open through a public health crisis that has been catastrophic for restaurants.”