Digitaltrends: Snapchat now has restaurant reviews. Here’s how to view them

Digitaltrends: Snapchat now has restaurant reviews. Here’s how to view them. “On Friday, Snapchat announced a new map layer it has added to its existing Snap Map. The new layer was created in partnership with The Infatuation, a restaurant review site. Basically, the layer shows you recommended restaurants that are closest to you. With the new feature, you can view restaurant reviews from The Infatuation about the restaurants around you, save them to your favorites, or share them with your friends.”

Miami Herald: Hackers stole 20 million credit card records from Chili’s, Chipotle and others, feds say

Miami Herald: Hackers stole 20 million credit card records from Chili’s, Chipotle and others, feds say. “A hacking group targeted businesses across all 50 states and stole more than 20 million debit and credit card records from customers, federal officials said. Denys Iarmak, 32, from Ukraine, is the third member in the group’s scheme to face prison time, the United States Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Washington said in an April 7 news release.”

Canadian Press: Quebec sugar shack owners say the COVID-19 pandemic saved the iconic industry

Canadian Press: Quebec sugar shack owners say the COVID-19 pandemic saved the iconic industry. “The spring sugar shack experience — eating beans and ham at long tables with strangers, enjoying tractor rides through the melting snow and nibbling snow-chilled maple syrup on wooden sticks — was on the decline before the pandemic. But two years of COVID-19 lockdowns have forced the traditional industry to reinvent an outdated business model, and some say it is more sustainable than before the health crisis hit.”

Associated Press: Thousands of people leaving restaurant industry

Associated Press: Thousands of people leaving restaurant industry. ” The volatility of the industry, the health risks associated with COVID and worker burnout have led to a loss of 1.8 million hospitality jobs in the U.S. since February 2020. Working in the service industry has never been easy. The hours are long, the customer interactions can be stressful and the wages are relatively low. But COVID introduced new problems, which pushed many people to reconsider their circumstances, Larry Barton, professor of crisis management and public safety at the University of Central Florida, said.”

‘Beyond the usual suspects’: Report scrapes social media to identify emerging trends (Food Navigator)

Food Navigator: ‘Beyond the usual suspects’: Report scrapes social media to identify emerging trends. “Founded by former Google executive, Alon Chen, and former tech leader at SimilarWeb, Eyan Gaon, the solution predicts changing consumer needs based on over 78,000 restaurants and delivery menus, 20 billion social interactions, and 115,000 home recipes online.”

New York Times: Sarah Palin, who is unvaccinated, recently dined indoors in New York City before testing positive.

New York Times: Sarah Palin, who is unvaccinated, recently dined indoors in New York City before testing positive.. “Sarah Palin, who is not vaccinated against the coronavirus, dined indoors Saturday night at Elio’s, an Italian restaurant on the Upper East Side of Manhattan that regularly draws celebrities, despite New York City’s requirement that all indoor guests show proof of vaccination. She tested positive for the virus on Monday.”

Weathering the storm: Valley restaurants close, pivot amid COVID surge (Daily Independent)

Daily Independent: Weathering the storm: Valley restaurants close, pivot amid COVID surge. “Michael Rusconi was looking forward to a new beginning for his restaurant in 2022 after nearly two years of pandemic- related hardships. But less than a month in, the new year hasn’t been forgiving to Rusconi’s American Kitchen. The fine dining establishment at 10637 N. Tatum Blvd.­ in Phoenix is perpetually shortstaffed, particularly in the kitchen, and is only open five nights per week. With the omicron variant leaving his older guests scared to venture out to eat again, Rusconi said he is considering scaling back his hours and doing away with Saturday brunch to fill staffing gaps.”

CBS 17: Raleigh restaurants impacted by worker shortages, again, due to COVID-19, some as much as 50 percent

CBS 17: Raleigh restaurants impacted by worker shortages, again, due to COVID-19, some as much as 50 percent. “Long wait times, customer notices and workers calling out sick because of COVID-19 exposure. ‘Normally, we would see about 500-600 guests on a Saturday morning,’ Abby Dearlove said, the manager of Tupelo Honey Cafe. But not on this New Year’s Day.”

NBC DFW: Multiple North Texas Restaurants Closing Temporarily Over COVID-19 Cases

NBC DFW: Multiple North Texas Restaurants Closing Temporarily Over COVID-19 Cases. “On the verge of a new year, some restaurants in North Texas have announced temporary closures due to the rise of COVID-19 cases and the impact on staff. Jon Bonnell, the owner of Bonnell’s Restaurant Group, announced on Facebook Tuesday one of his restaurants will be closed for the remainder of the week. Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine will continue to offer curbside orders, according to Bonnell.”

Rest of World: One man’s quest to put Mexico City’s iconic street food vendors onto Google Maps

Rest of World: One man’s quest to put Mexico City’s iconic street food vendors onto Google Maps. “Food stands like [Teresa Dorantes] Hernández’s line the streets of towns and cities across Mexico. In 2018, the government estimated that over 1.6 million people worked in street food establishments, which represent almost 50% of total businesses in the country…. While a small minority are beginning to enter the age of technology — accepting digital payments and even hawking their fares on delivery platforms such as DiDi and Uber Eats — they overwhelmingly operate outside of Google Maps. As our tastes become increasingly dictated by algorithms and user-generated reviews, street carts like Hernández’s are at risk of being left behind.”