NEWS: Tampa restaurants and Black Lives Matter have a complicated week

This week there were a number of stories happening around Black Lives Matter after the murder of George Floyd and in Tampa’s restaurant restaurant community it was no different. A number of restaurants were navigating how to address the rising movement and protests or how to deal with the fallout of communicating about it toContinue reading “NEWS: Tampa restaurants and Black Lives Matter have a complicated week”

Coronavirus: Souplantion, Sweet Tomatoes fold under pressure

The first major restaurant industry casualty is Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes, many more are expected in the future as the restaurant industry is impacted by COVID-19. The Los Angeles Times posted a full story this evening about the closure. The chain has been plagued with troubled finances for years. The reaction on Twitter was filled with mourning:Continue reading “Coronavirus: Souplantion, Sweet Tomatoes fold under pressure”

Coronavirus: Over 20 restaurants in Tampa Bay will not open dining rooms on May 4th

Most have said that they want to protect the health and safety of their employees and customers and will continue takeout or delivery if currently operational.

What I’m Reading Food Media – April 25th

It’s been awhile since a round-up was done. The world has changed since I started this list, but here is what I’m reading lately in food media: Eater: The Chefs I Used to Admire Aren’t the Leaders We Need Right Now by Eric Rivera Chicago Tribune: ‘It’s too little too late here’: 6 Tyson poultryContinue reading “What I’m Reading Food Media – April 25th”

Coronavirus: Orlando eatery unleashes PR crisis after saying “we are over this” and opening to angry Floridians

It is well-known that Governor DeSantis is racing towards a plan to re-open Florida in the near future. Task force members have met in recent days to discuss plans. However, one grilled cheese restaurant in Orlando area jumped the gun (Florida proverb) though and announced recently on their Facebook page “we are over this” andContinue reading “Coronavirus: Orlando eatery unleashes PR crisis after saying “we are over this” and opening to angry Floridians”

Boycott Ruth’s Chris trends as Shake Shack gives back PPP loan money

Update 4/25: Ruth’s Chris has agreed to give back the money after a federal announcement that those who misuse the funds will be invesitgated and after hundreds of thousands petitioned for the money to be given back. Now that Shake Shack has agreed to give back the $10 million they took from small businesses, it’sContinue reading “Boycott Ruth’s Chris trends as Shake Shack gives back PPP loan money”

Boycott: I will not eat at Shake Shack again in the future and neither should you

Update 4/20: Shake Shack says they are returning the $10 million PPP loan meant for small businesses. This is the right move and I am thankful that they have made this decision so our small businesses can have a chance at survival. Shake Shack for a long time was a great place to enjoy aContinue reading “Boycott: I will not eat at Shake Shack again in the future and neither should you”