BJ’s Restaurants or Red Robin: Which Stock is More Appetizing?

Although the coronavirus pandemic continues to adversely impact the restaurant industry on a global scale, it has forced restauranteurs to evolve their operations to survive amid such trying times.

Notably, majority of the restaurant companies have resorted to an off-premise business model, which primarily focuses on delivery, takeout, drive-thru, catering, meal kits, and off-site options such as kiosks as well as food trucks. Given a spike in contactless delivery preference, companies have also increased their focus on driverless delivery systems to augment sales amid the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, restaurant operators have also initiated the opening and expansion of patios around the perimeter of their restaurants to accommodate more seating where dining capacity is limited.

Dismal store traffic due to social distancing protocols cannot be ruled out. Also, some dining rooms have been closed again owing to local and state restrictions due to rise in the number of coronavirus cases.


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Wauconda restaurant’s new menu item supports local food pantry

When Joe Kafka, the co-owner of Bulldogs Grill in Wauconda, heard the local food pantry had vegetables that go unused, he created a tasty way to help.

For the past few Fridays, Kafka has been using squash and other vegetables from the Wauconda/Island Lake Food Pantry as ingredients for a new menu item he sells for $4 a bowl, with proceeds going back to the pantry.



“I’ve been calling it a farmers pantry vegetable soup,” he said. “I want people to know what they’re buying is going to a good cause.”

On Friday, he loaded a giant zucchini, yellow and acorn squash, tomatoes, peppers and other ingredients into a box to take to the restaurant kitchen.

“I probably won’t make this until tomorrow morning,” Kafka said. “I’ll keep going as long as it makes sense to do it.”

So far, soup sales have generated about $150 for the food pantry,

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U.S. Rep Jim McGovern implores Congress to pass RESTAURANTS Act to provide $120 billion in grants to food services industry to pay rent, mortgage, utilities and more

Standing outside of El Patron, a restaurant in Worcester’s Canal District, U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern took aim at his Republican colleagues in Congress, specifically Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell.

McGovern expressed confidence the U.S. House would be able to pass the RESTAURANTS Act to provide financial help to establishments that are bracing for a winter without outdoor dining. But without senate approval, the bill helps no one.

“We have to get it through the United States Senate,” McGovern said. “And if it were to move there, it would require Mitch McConnell to get off his ass and take up something that is important to the American people.”

McGovern is a co-sponsor of the RESTAURANTS Act, which is a $120 billion grant program to provide relief to restaurants through the end of the year.

The program would be administered by the Department of the Treasury and available to food service or

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Food delivery apps are more popular than ever. But can they help restaurants survive?

Food delivery regulation has taken on new urgency during COVID-19 <span class="copyright">(Pearl Shen / For The Times )</span>
Food delivery regulation has taken on new urgency during COVID-19 (Pearl Shen / For The Times )

How much should delivery companies be able to charge restaurants? It’s a question that has been brought into sharp relief by COVID-19, as restaurants have seen takeout and delivery orders, which might have previously made up a fraction of their sales prepandemic, become essential to their survival.

Nationwide, among the “Big Four” apps that make up an estimated 95% of the third-party delivery market — Postmates, Grubhub, UberEats and Doordash — most charge restaurants a commission fee of 15% to 30% per order. Business owners usually negotiate a contract when signing up for a delivery app: If a restaurant chooses to use multiple delivery services, it might be charged a higher commission than if it signed an exclusive agreement with one app.

At one point, as the pandemic’s devastating toll on restaurants became

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$175,000 in grant funding to be offered to women-owned PA restaurants

Brian Myszkowski

A Philadelphia celebrity chef is teaming up with two Pennsylvania organizations to launch a new initiative to help women-owned restaurants across the commonwealth that have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Private chef and restaurant consultant Barbie Marshall, a standout of the sustainable food scene who has also appeared on the popular cooking show Hell’s Kitchen, joined the Pennsylvania Conference for Women and the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association in announcing a new initiative to provide $175,000 total in grant funding to more than 70 women-owned restaurants in Pennsylvania.

Read more:Gov. Tom Wolf signs order increasing indoor dining capacity to 50%

Restaurants will be selected for individual $2,500 grants via an application process through the PRLA, with the winners scheduled to be announced in October.

“I’m honored to be a part of this initiative, which will help so many of our homegrown women-owned restaurants,” Marshall

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Staten Island Mall: 2 new restaurants coming to food court in November

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Soon the Staten Island Mall will offer even more diverse cuisine options — with two new restaurants slated to open in the food court this fall, the New Springville shopping center announced this week.

On Wednesday, the the Mall officially reopened its doors to customers for the first time in nearly six months, with slightly more than half of all stores and eateries ready to go. The Mall had shuttered in March due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

During the reopening, the Staten Island Advance/ spoke with Jim Easley, general manager of the Staten Island Mall, who announced that two new restaurants would be opening in the food court in the near future.

Thai Bistro and Tahini Mediterranean Grill are both expected to open for business sometime this November, according to Easley.

The two new eateries will be located to the left and to the right

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More than 100,000 U.S. restaurants have shuttered since March, report finds

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This TikTok Hack Will Get You Free Food At Restaurants Every Day Of The Year

Updated on Sep 15, 2020. Posted on Sep 10, 2020

“I really hope I’m not the only person who is crazy enough to do this.”

World, meet Noah Wille — a 19-year-old TikToker who’s now going viral on the platform for revealing his diabolical method for getting free food at restaurants.

And while it might not be the most ethical thing in the world, and we can’t technically “condone” this to our readers, Noah’s life hack is admittedly pretty clever — all he needed was an email address, an Excel spreadsheet, and a list of restaurants that give out free things on your birthday.

“Okay, life hack that is also kind of terrible,” Noah shares in the video. “Once upon a time, I made this fake email account that I still use. I get free food or dessert from a restaurant every single day.”

“I made this

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TikTok Is Obsessed With These Trays That Make Ice Like You Find At Fast Food Restaurants

From Delish

True geniuses know that the same soda from different fast food restaurants will taste totally different based on the carbonation, what it’s paired with, and, of course, the ice. Much debate has gone into what makes a good fast food ice shape, but it seems like it’s actually the SIZE of the ice that matters. Well the brilliant users of TikTok seem to have cracked the code onhow to make fast food ice at home, and it only involves one little Amazon order.

You may have noticed people on TikTok have a thing about fast food, or food in general. Whether it’s whipping up drinks or “discovering” new restaurants that instantly go viral, you simply must trust the manic energy of TikTok users to let you know about the next thing you must purchase, which is why we already have this ice cube tray in our carts. It

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2 Connecticut Restaurants Make Daily Meal’s 101 Best In U.S.

CONNECTICUT — If you’re looking to dine out more as the weather now that the coronavirus is on the run in the state, we’ve got some tasty news for you.

The Daily Meal recently unveiled its list for the “101 Best Restaurants In America,” and the online food and dining site included two restaurants from Connecticut.

Here are the best restaurants in our state, according to the Daily Meal’s rankings.

Millwright’s in Simsbury came in at No. 98. The restaurant is located inside a beautifully renovated old mill, and the Daily Meal praised chef/owner Tyler Anderson for showcasing New England ingredients “like few other chefs do.” The restaurant offers two separate dining experiences — you can grab a burger, a fried chicken sandwich or fish and chips in the tavern, or go all-out with a seven-course tasting menu with clam chowder tapioca custard and venison osso bucco with rye spaetzle

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