Harris wrongly says ‘only one’ Black-owned Michigan restaurant got a PPP loan :: WRAL.com

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While campaigning in Flint, Mich., and Detroit, Sen. Kamala Harris emphasized the importance of ensuring a high turnout among Black voters to help elect Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

During a Sept. 22 interview with the TV station WDIV, Harris, Biden’s running mate, discussed the racial disparities revealed by the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing economic recession, which has hit Black-owned businesses particularly hard.

“I looked at the numbers in terms of the restaurants that received the benefit of the PPP in Michigan, and only one Black restaurant received it of the hundreds of others that received it,” Harris claimed.

“You cannot deny fact, and where there are disparities, they need to be addressed,” she said.

Researchers say Black-owned businesses have been hit hard during the current recession and have confronted barriers to accessing aid under the Paycheck Protection Program, a federal coronavirus relief program

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Colo. governor to discuss restaurant support amid pandemic

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Gov. Jared Polis is set to provide an update on Colorado’s COVID-19 response, as well as a discussion around supporting the state’s restaurant industry Tuesday. 

Polis will speak from the Boettcher Mansion in Denver about 12:30 p.m. and share the update via a livestream from his official Facebook page

Polis will be joined Tuesday by Sonia

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Five Guys perfect, food temperatures harm others

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Knoxville News Sentinel

Published 5:01 a.m. ET Oct. 13, 2020


Keep your fridge as cold as possible for food safety.


Due to the coronavirus outbreak, many restaurants have gone to takeout only, reduced hours or have temporarily closed. Please call ahead to make sure a restaurant’s status has not changed.

The Knox County Health Department recently evaluated the following restaurants. Restaurant scores may change with follow-up visits; follow-up scores may not be immediately available. For more information on health scores, visit knoxcounty.org/health.

Perfect scores

Elegant Otter (bar), 1123 N Central Avenue

Five Guys, 234 Brookview Center, #101 

Five Guys, 10922 Parkside Drive

Holiday Inn Express (kitchen), 816 N. Campbell Station Road


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Elegant Otter, 1123 N. Central Avenue: Garbage cans overflowing on street site. 99

Firehouse Subs, 128 Buckingham Road: Build-up in ice

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New Jacksonville restaurant would go where River City Brewing is razed

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David Bauerlein
| Florida Times-Union

The developer proposing to tear down the River City Brewing Co. restaurant on the downtown Jacksonville riverfront has added a restaurant with patio dining to its plan for a 335-unit apartment building.

The restaurant will not be as large as the two-level River City Brewing building, but it would give Downtown Investment Authority board members assurance that the riverfront site still would have a dining option.

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A DIA staff summary said the Related Group added the restaurant in response to “questions and concerns regarding the loss of a restaurant, lounge or space to be available for use by the public.”

The summary says the restaurant will be modeled after the Glass & Vine in Coconut Grove, which dubs itself an “intimate secret garden by the sea”  and touts its covered

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South of Downtown community rallies to support Lincoln restaurant owner after prostate surgery | Local

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Pepe Fierro

Pepe Fierro at Bryan East Campus during his stay for prostate surgery.

Pepe Fierro has long been a selfless figure in Lincoln’s South of Downtown community.

But when the restaurant owner needed surgery because of a prostate cancer diagnosis, he knew it was time to take care of himself and let the community support him.

And the community has stepped up, with a GoFundMe page for Fierro that has raised more than $23,000 since it was created Sept. 19.

Pepe Fierro

Pepe Fierro is comforted by his dog Jet after returning home from the hospital.

White Elm Brewing Co. is hosting a Pints for Pepe event Wednesday to raise money to support Fierro in conjunction with Juju’s Vegan Creole and Cajun Cuisine.

Fierro — the owner and chef of Pepe’s Kitchen, a restaurant in the South of Downtown neighborhood that specializes in healthy, vegan food — had surgery

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Skokie Man Charged With Pair Of Restaurant Burglaries

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SKOKIE, IL — Police said evidence from a pair of break-ins at village restaurants over the summer led investigators to a Skokie man.

Albert Ishu, 52, of the 8300 block of Lowell Avenue, was arrested Wednesday evening at his home, according to Skokie police. The next day, prosecutors approved two counts of burglary against him stemming from incidents in July and August.

On the morning of July 9, the management of Pho Phu Linh Restaurant at 4741 Main St. called police to report they had just discovered a burglary.

A glass door had been smashed out and an unspecified cash was stolen from the register, according to a Skokie police statement.

About four weeks later, police were called to another restaurant for a similar crime scene. On the night of Aug. 4, staff at The Crazy Greek Restaurant, 5051 Oakton St., reported discovering a broken window and cash pilfered from

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Learning the ropes, and English, to become a successful restaurant owner

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Maria Gonzalez, originally from Mexico, is now a proud entrepreneur and business owner in northwest Cedar Rapids.

Together with her husband, Javier, Gonzalez owns El Super Burrito & Lupita’s Bakery, 3300 Johnson Ave. NW. What began as a humble home bakery 17 years ago has expanded to a full-service restaurant with a loyal following.

So loyal, in fact, that the Gonzalezes purposefully choose not to advertise when they have specials and celebrations.

“We have a small kitchen and a small space,” Maria Gonzalez said. “We celebrate Dec. 4 as our anniversary every year, and we don’t even advertise because there are so many people that come. … May 5 (Cinco de Mayo) is also a crazy time for us.”

Hundreds of authentic Mexican delicacies emerge from the restaurant’s tiny kitchen each day. The restaurant’s most popular dish, the burrito ahogado, features a giant burrito smothered in green salsa, guacamole, sour

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Heated igloos, a gluten free event and vegan restaurant week headline food events – Food and Dining – providencejournal.com

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Woods Hill Pier 4, 300 Pier Four Blvd., Boston, (617) 999-0963, on the waterfront Seaport district, had added translucent heated igloos for patio dining for fall and winter. Yup, you read that right.

Each igloo can accommodate a maximum of 6 people and will have a set food and beverage minimum. The igloos can be reserved for up to two and a half hours starting at $450 for the food spend, based on day of the week and availability, to reserve it. Each igloo will be thoroughly cleaned, disinfected and sanitized after each use.

Guests can choose from a la carte regular menu items or a fixed price seasonal menu from chef Charlie Foster. All menu items will be the restaurant’s signature sustainable, nutrient dense cuisine and local ingredients. Guests can also expect seasonal cocktails and beverages that are hot. A bone broth cocktail will be on the

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Brendan Corkery Breaks Down Restaurant Management in the COVID Era

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Akron, Ohio – ( NewMediaWire ) – October 13, 2020 – Running a restaurant in the COVID era is proving to be the greatest challenge within any of our memories. Running a restaurant is never particularly easy, but the coronavirus has turned everything upside down. It’s hard to know what decisions are the right ones, and it feels like the rules change every day. Despite it all, you can still succeed with Brendan Corkery’s two pillars of restaurant management. 

Brendan Corkery’s Thoughts on Restaurant Safety

Safety is clearly the priority of managing restaurants right now. There are more safety recommendations than items on a menu, and it can be a lot to handle, but a few core principles will get you there. Brendan Corkery identifies two primary components of COVID-related safety.

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The Homeplace Restaurant, citing COVID-19, to close for the rest of 2020 | Dining

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One such page was already online by Tuesday afternoon.

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“We have had several folks ask us about [GoFundMe] pages, which is such a kind and thoughtful gesture,” a subsequent Facebook post read. “We haven’t authorized any of those at this time but will keep our page updated. Again, our hearts [are] warmed by so much love.”

Attempts to reach general manager Kevin Wingate were unsuccessful Tuesday afternoon.

Wingate’s father, Harold Wingate, founded the restaurant, betting that people would drive long distances for home-cooked meals like the ones he grew up with in his native Grayson County. The all-you-can-eat servings of meats, vegetables and biscuits, not to mention iced tea, were a house-filler.

Outside, a big porch, lined with rocking chairs, was useful while waiting for seats, and later, while recuperating with full bellies. Pastoral views of the countryside near McAfee

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