How COVID-19 is Fueling a Home Mixology Movement

Consumers mixing cocktails at home was already a trend before the pandemic. But the COVID-19 crisis—with lockdowns and on-premise closures—has undoubtedly spread and accelerated this movement. “Given the unfortunate circumstances limiting access to bars, many people have looked into exercising their at-home bar,” says Hayden Miller, head bartender at Bodega Taqueria y Tequila In Miami Beach, FL. “Given the unfortunate circumstances limiting access to bars, many people have looked into exercising their at-home bar,” says Hayden Miller, head bartender at Bodega Taqueria…

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Brits remain cautious about returning to bars

More than half of drinkers in the UK are still hesitant about returning to bars and pubs following lockdown, according to new research. Research carried out by CGA for hospitality marketing specialist Down at the Social found 55% of people were apprehensive about returning to the on-trade due to worries about their health (72%), a second peak of Covid-19 (78%) and going back into a local lockdown (64%). Daisy Whitehouse, managing director at Down at…

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5 Tips For Restaurants During COVID-19

San Francisco was a leader in COVID-19 dining policies by requiring restaurants to limit table capacity, enforce social distancing, mandate facemasks and more. Waterfront restaurants Waterbar and EPIC Steak were able to follow the city-enforced rules while also maintaining their standards and guest expectations. The restaurants’ managing partner Pete Sittnick offers several tips that have helped Waterbar and EPIC Steak navigate their dining service and find success these past few months. 1) Mask wearing! The restaurants have two…

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Property Bounceback Grant could solve ‘rent crisis’

A collective of trade bodies, including UK Hospitality, have come together to call for a Property Bounceback Grant to help rent negotiations between landlords and tenants, and potentially safeguard hundreds of thousands of jobs. UK Hospitality, the British Property Federation (BFP), the British Retail Consortium (BRC), Revo and UK Active are calling on the UK government to introduce the grant scheme to solve the ‘rent crisis’ currently affecting the hospitality, retail and leisure sectors. The…

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New James Beard Foundation, IRC Data Paints Grim Picture For Industry

Three in five restaurants need additional funding for fixed costs and payroll to fully reopen and stay open, according to new data from the James Beard Foundation, in collaboration with the Independent Restaurant Coalition (IRC). Independent restaurants and bars surveyed in May and July were asked about their current operational procedures, the challenges they face in staying open and their outlook for the future. The results released on Aug. 6 revealed independent bars and restaurants had, on…

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