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MSMEs hit hardest due to Covid despite RBI restructuring plans, bad loan account at Rs 20000 Cr in 2020-21

New Delhi: The economic slowdown due to the ongoing Covid pandemic over the past two years has hit micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) the hardest, despite many plans and packages announced by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the government . Thousands of MSMEs have either closed or fallen ill after the government announced a nationwide strict lockdown in March 2020 amid the Covid. According to the RBI, non-performing loans from MSMEs now account for 9.6 per cent of gross advances of Rs 17.33 crore, up from 8.2 per cent in September 2020.Also Read: RBI Directs Paytm Payments Bank to Stop Onboarding New Customers Immediately. Here’s why

According to a report in The Indian Express, MSMEs gross non-performing assets (NPAs) increased by Rs 20,000 crore to Rs 1,65,732 crore in September 2021 from Rs 1,45,673 crore in September 2020. As per RBI definition a The investment of a micro entity should not exceed Rs 1 crore and turnover should not exceed Rs 5 crore, investment of a small unit should not exceed Rs 10 crore and turnover should not exceed Rs 50 crore and investment of medium-sized company should not exceed Rs 50 crore and turnover should not exceed Rs 250 crore . Also read – Sensex could hit 75,000 by December 2022: report

In layman’s terms, a loan becomes a non-performing asset when principal or interest is past due after 90 days. Also Read – Now Make UPI Payments Without Internet, Smartphone. Here’s how

Among state-owned banks, as of September 2021, PNB had MSME NPAs of Rs. 25,893 crore, followed by State Bank of India at Rs. 24,394 crore, Union Bank at Rs. 22,297 crore and Canara Bank at Rs. according to the RBI.

The report in the publication further states that the increase in non-performing loans occurred even after the RBI announced four MSME loan restructuring plans in January 2019, February 2020, August 2020 and May 2021. 1,16,332 crore were restructured under these plans . According to the May 2021 circular issued by RBI, loans have been restructured for Rs 51,467 crore,” according to RBI’s Trend and progress of banking report.

MSME revitalization program launched by government and RBI

To revitalize MSME activities, the RBI and the government had previously introduced several measures including the Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS), which provided Rs 3 crore unsecured loans to MSMEs and businesses.

Under the ECLGS, loans of Rs.282 crore have been sanctioned up to 12 November 2021, of which Rs.228 crore has been disbursed (Rs.194 crore from commercial banks, which is 20.6 per cent of the incremental credit during the period).

The RBI also expanded the scheme of one-off restructuring of loans to MSMEs without asset classification downgrade and allowed banks to lend to NBFCs (other than MFIs) for on-lending to agriculture, MSMEs and housing as senior sector lending (PSL). ).

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Eatery Business

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Nightclubs

Recent shootings renew call to adopt late-night overlay for downtown Dallas businesses

Recent shootings in Uptown Dallas have prompted a city council member to consider advocating for new licensing requirements for bars and other late-open businesses in the neighborhood.

Council member Paul Ridley said implementing a late-hours overlay – similar to that in place for Lower Greenville – “might be worth considering for Uptown”. This could require businesses wishing to stay open after midnight to apply for a special use permit, which would have to be renewed periodically.

Ridley’s comments followed a spate of shootings, some late at night and on weekends, in the neighborhood home to a number of bars and nightclubs.

More recently, Jerriun Maxie, 42, was shot and killed outside Sidebar, just off the main nightlife stretch, on February 7. Marcus Jawan Branch, 39, was arrested for murder a few days later.

Doormen wait outside in preparation for a line of Uptown revelers at Sidebar in Dallas, TX on February 19, 2022. (Jason Janik / Special Contributor)

Other recent incidents include a Dec. 12 shooting that left two people injured outside a bar, and at least three shootings last year in which shots hit bystanders. Video of one of these shootswhich showed a man indiscriminately firing a handgun on McKinney Avenue, went viral.

Complaints about violence and noise in Uptown aren’t new — nor are the proposals intended to reduce them. Similar talks have been met with vocal opposition from business owners worried about the new fees, as well as developers and landowners worried the requirements could force businesses out.

New licensing requirements could represent another point of contention between bar and club owners and some of the 13,000 people who live in Uptown – a relationship that has sometimes acrimonious summer.

A handful of clubs or a “strong gun culture”?

Kathy Stewart, executive director of Uptown Dallas Inc., a nonprofit group that manages public improvements in the neighborhood, thinks violent crime issues began to boil over as businesses recovered from the pandemic. Some club owners, she said, have tried to recoup losses by hiring promoters of disreputable reputation.

Dallas, unlike other major cities across the country, actually saw a drop in violent crime last year. The Ridley District, which includes Uptown but also extends to Lower Greenville and parts of northeast Dallas, saw a 9.2% decrease in crimes against people, including assaults, homicides and sexual offences, so far this year. Year-to-year fluctuations in crime rates are not uncommon and are not necessarily indicative of a larger trend.

The Dallas Police Department did not provide violent crime statistics in Uptown despite repeated requests from The Dallas Morning News.

Stewart said Uptown Dallas Inc. is “all in and bringing in as many sources as possible to support Uptown” in terms of security. The organization has contracted with a private security company to patrol the neighborhood during peak hours starting this year.

Although private security does not have the power to enforce laws, Stewart said guards have defused incidents, such as minor traffic accidents, that have led to violence in the past.

But Ridley noted that the presence of police and security guards is not always a deterrent. Police were very close to the brazen shooting in the middle of McKinney that went viral last year and responded within seconds.

Ridley said the problem lies with “a strong gun culture in our community.”

“It is, to some extent, the result of the liberalization of gun control laws at the state level, over which we have no control at the city level, [and] has led to a number of unfortunate gunfire incidents where people feel like there’s nothing wrong with settling gun disputes,” he said.

Ridley said he’s concerned that Texas’ new unlicensed transportation law could exacerbate gun violence issues.

“Reluctant” support

Buddy Cramer, managing partner of the Katy Trail Ice House, has resisted past attempts to implement a late-night overlay. But, he says, he “reluctantly” came to the conclusion that it’s the best idea for Uptown.

“As a business owner, you just have to say, ‘Here, the government, we trust you!’ — that’s usually not where I’m from,” Cramer said. “But I don’t know of any other way to fix it. is worrying.

While Cramer’s business is a few blocks from the main nightlife thoroughfare on McKinney, he said talk of security issues in Uptown has become hard to avoid. The new regulations, he said, are a necessary constraint.

“It’s such a shame that everyone has to go through this extra expense to get there because of a handful of irritating businesses,” he said.

Kelsey Erickson Streufert, spokesperson for the Texas Restaurant Association, said the group’s chapter in Greater Dallas shares Ridley’s concerns about violence.

But, she said in a statement, “As we move forward with this important work, we want to work with our policymakers to avoid unnecessary costs or regulatory burdens for local restaurants, many of which are still struggling to rebuild after the COVID-19 pandemic. .”

Ridley said his office was “working with stakeholders and assessing public support for an SUP or similar ordinance regulating late-night hours,” but no timeline has been set for a vote. He added that he understands and appreciates “the value of having a reasonable fee schedule”.

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Restaurants

Group gathering for “Chuck the Sheds” of open restaurants

Open Restaurants, an emergency measure the city instituted when New York State banned indoor dining in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, remains on track for permanence. But residents of the five boroughs are mobilizing against the plan, citing the loss of quality of life due to noise, piles of garbage, rats, fire hazards and blocked sidewalks.

The United Coalition for Equitable Urban Policy – an alliance of neighborhood and bloc associations, organizations, businesses and residents – has organized a protest action tomorrow afternoon to shed light on the scourge. It starts at noon in Father Demo Square for a march to the Washington Square Arch, where there will be speakers supporting the removal of the sheds from the streetscape.

Promoted by former Mayor Bill de Blasio and backed by the hospitality industry, the program was designed to make it easier for food establishments to serve customers on sidewalks and curbside shacks. Hearings were held at community councils across the city, resulting in an overall rejection of 62% with a 38% margin. A group of 23 citizens, primarily in Greenwich Village and the Lower East Side, also filed a lawsuit against the city in the New York Supreme Court, claiming the city circumvented longstanding zoning rules and failed to keep account of the long-term effects of the program.

Open restaurants were a lifeline for food establishments when customers were banned from dining indoors. Critics now say, however, that the sheds are an extension of the bars‘ interior spaces. Effectively leading to noise, excess litter and feeding rats, traffic and honking, and overall loss of sidewalks. The structures also pose a problem for emergency responders such as firefighters by obstructing and narrowing vehicular routes.

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Eatery Business

Ask the wrong question about Genting HK unsecured loans

THEY SAY | “Why are banks so generous in providing unsecured loans to large corporations?”

Anwar: Why have government-affiliated banks lent billions to gambling companies?

Why didn’t Anwar ban local banks from lending to Genting, Zafrul asks

Smart Voter: Genting Group is a diversified group of companies from entertainment to real estate. The company built its fortune on such deals. However, like many others, it fell victim to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

The cruise business was particularly hard hit. This has already been well reported in the media, especially the decision to withdraw from a joint venture in Germany.

Business is about taking risks. You win something, you lose something. Bankers lined up to do deals with Genting because they are cash rich and reliable.

A bad politician shoots from the hip. There are many on both sides. Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim should consider early retirement as he is no longer relevant in today’s context.

Betul Malu Bukan Maluapa: Anwar, which is so surprising for the three banks – Maybank, CIMB and RHB – to give Genting Hong Kong $600 million (RM2.5 billion) in unsecured loans when its Genting Cruise Lines division owns luxury cruise ships and a real commercial enterprise.

The Genting name carries weight but unfortunately like all global leisure businesses they have been paralyzed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Karnak: Yes, banks are constantly making unsecured loans based on some risk assessment criteria. My concern is really how Genting HK was – apparently – sufficiently sealed off from the Genting group in general.

And if so, on what basis were the loans granted? There is no real connection to the Genting Group in general, except through the direct and indirect involvement of a single shareholder.

The Wakanda: In fact, a prudent man would want his money to be safe. It’s just right.

There are many idiots here supporting huge unsecured loans made to borrowers in the name of doing business. And they say in business ‘you win some, you lose some’.

So you don’t blame Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz because such unsecured lending was a norm and not an uncommon practice. You are okay with losing huge amounts of money.

Well, those who don’t want such bankers to manage their money and want their money safe, please raise your hands.

Omissions R Dishonest: Zafrul avoids the real question – why were the loans unsecured?

For such huge sums one should get some security. No bank would or should take such large risks.

MRS: Zafrul won’t dare address the inconvenient fact about unsecured loans. If my industry knowledge is useful to me, “unsecured” is only possible after considering other “objects”.

“You help me, I help you” is one of the unwritten rules in ‘ketuanan‘ Banking. Ask any banker.

Malaysia Bharu: “Zafrul also said that unsecured loans are not uncommon and banks have the freedom to make such loans based on their risk appetite.”

“Zafrul said that despite the bankruptcy of Genting Hong Kong, the banks involved and the Malaysian banking sector in general have strong resilience to challenges.”

The Treasury Secretary’s claim that our banks are strong despite losses on unsecured loans is a way out of dealing with a serious failure in the banking sector.

Banks that are generous enough to part with people’s money to corporations, which may include rogue corporations and scammers, survive the losses by lending to borrowers of secured loans, particularly M40 and B40 (middle and bottom 40 percent) , impose strict conditions and penal conditions. Customers who depend on them for home, auto, personal and credit card loans.

Banks insist on tying everything up as collateral, charging exorbitant interest rates and penalties for the slightest delay in repayment.

In the event of a delay in payment, you are quickly on the case and even up to the point of enforcement. Some also engage the services of debt collectors who ceaselessly stalk and harass debtors.

This is likely how banks are generous in providing unsecured lending to large corporations, and as Zafrul claims, “despite strong resilience to challenges.”

As long as banks are free to issue unsecured loans to select customers, their victims are the mundane borrowers whose “eggs” are occupied with pathetic consumer loans.

Vijay 47: Zafrul made two points that should be of great comfort.

First, the Islamic banking sector in multiracial Malaysia was sufficiently advanced to distinguish between Syariah-compliant and conventional assets.

And second, that “if the Minister of Finance or the shareholders were to interfere in the day-to-day affairs of banks in Malaysia, it would be clearly wrong from a governance and administrative point of view”.

Both of these statements would earn about two sens of credibility in general in the open financial market, even if they were not accompanied by the now-accepted claim that “my brother did it.”

As is well known, the Finance Minister’s declaration of laissez-faire is only evident in grandiose speeches and never in practice.

That said, we still have to wonder why Anwar seems so concerned that Malaysian GLC banks have been lending to Hong Kong gambling houses.

If his concern had centered on such lending being made to offshore banks, or particularly without collateral, that would have been understandable and perhaps commendable. But no, he was upset because the beneficiary was from the gambling industry.

Would the generosity of the three banks have been okay if given to institutions other than Genting?

Anwar, it seems that your Abim (Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia) days never really left you. On the other hand, your private international banking advisor might be PAS leader Abdul Hadi Awang.

dragon boat: In finance, unsecured debt refers to any type of debt or general obligation that is not protected by a guarantor or secured by a lien on specified assets of the borrower in the event of bankruptcy or liquidation or default of repayment.

The question is not to lend to a gambling company. The question is, why give “unsecured” loans to a gambling company? Zafrul avoids the question.


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Restaurants

Two beloved Jacksonville restaurants destroyed by fire plan to rebuild

The faint acrid smell of smoke drifted on a cold Saturday morning wind.

Piles of charred debris — the blackened ruins of two longtime North Jacksonville restaurants — stood silent witness to a fire that struck the community two days earlier.

Junior’s Seafood Restaurant & Grill along with the adjacent Junior’s Famous Sandwiches were destroyed by fire shortly after dawn on Thursday.

Owned by the same family, the sandwich shop opened 44 years ago and then expanded in 1999 to include the seafood restaurant.

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“It was definitely a shock,” owner Abraham Hassan told the Florida Times-Union on Sunday. “We are really, really grateful that this happened hours before our opening and that no staff or customers were inside. Also, we are beyond grateful that no firefighters were hurt.”

Hassan’s partner who is also his uncle, Romal Kassees, opened the sandwich shop which started the family catering business and also includes a Junior’s Seafood Restaurant & Grill in Callahan.

“It’s definitely too early to say 100%, but so far it appears to be an accidental electrical fire,” Hassan said of the blaze that swept through restaurants on North Main Street.

A fire destroyed Junior's Seafood Restaurant & Grill and Junior's Famous Sandwiches in North Jacksonville on Thursday.  The sandwich shop opened 44 years ago and then expanded in 1999 to include seafood restaurant owner Abraham Hassan.

The state fire marshal’s office is investigating the cause and origin of the fire, a normal procedure in such cases.

Due to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend and holiday on Monday, neither an update on the investigation nor a damage estimate was available.

A total of 65 firefighters from the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, aided by 25 fire engines, battled the blaze for just under an hour before bringing it under control, the JFRD spokesperson said, Captain Eric Prosswimmer. He was called around 7:20 a.m.

“They were greeted with a light smoke as they arrived, but that [the fire] was charging in the attic,” he said, noting that a second alarm went off as the fire grew more difficult to control.

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At one point, firefighters were ordered out of the burning building for safety reasons.

“We had to pull our crews back a bit because we were worried about a flashover due to high heat in the attic,” Prosswimmer said. “They pulled them out, cooled that down, put the crews back in place and worked to save that building.”

Devastation but not an end

The “open” sign will once again shine in their restaurant’s window, according to Hassan.

“We will definitely reopen,” he said.

Hassan said the deadline cannot be set until the insurance is settled. The timing will also depend on the COVID-19 pandemic, which has already slowed down the process.

“We plan to set up a food truck and the sandwich shop to do a hot dog stand while we rebuild,” he said. “We’re still working out the details on that. … One of our other blessings is that our staff are ready to present in any way we can.”

Hassan announced plans to reopen in an emotional post on the restaurants’ Facebook pages on Saturday.

“Just like the incessant smoke that rose Thursday morning, we will rise too!” says the post.

“Thursday we temporarily lost our original ‘home’. but we did not lose our Junior’s Family,” he posted. “The fire may have blanketed the walls in ash, but the heart and soul of the restaurant remains intact. The heart is fueled by our staff and the soul by our amazing customers. Both of those things have not succumbed to the fire.”

Junior’s employs approximately 25 people between the two restaurants.

“Honestly, all of our staff are devastated because so many have worked together there for years,” Hassan said, noting that they plan to keep them together.

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“We don’t let a single member of staff go,” he said. “Love from the community keeps us optimistic and moving forward. Our staff take pride in making everyone feel like family and it reminds our team how beautiful that is.”

Hassan said they intend to keep staff on the payroll. Some offered to go work at the Junior’s of Callahan. Others who cannot ride there will still be paid until the North Main Street location reopens, he said.

Side by side, the restaurants in Jacksonville share a one-story building. The seafood restaurant is at 9349 while the sandwich shop is next door at 9347 N. Main St.

City signs – visible from outside the yellow caution tape surrounding the burned building – indicate that the structure will be demolished.

Customers ready to help

Richard and Wanda Edmonds are regulars at Junior’s Seafood, located about five minutes from their home.

They have been dining there for about 20 of their 48 years of marriage. They got to know Hassan as well as the waiters and cooks.

“It’s just devastating,” said Wanda Edmonds. “I hate that this happened to them. Abraham is a really nice person. He would do anything in the world for anyone. It really is a family restaurant, and Abraham cares a lot about this community.”

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The morning of the fire, the couple heard the sirens, then their son called and told them that Junior had burned down. On Saturday, the couple drove by to check on the closed restaurant.

“Abraham and his whole family are like gold… Anything we could ever need, you know, he’d be there,” Richard Edmonds said.

A fire-ravaged property is shown Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022 at Juniors Seafood Restaurant & Grill on North Main Street in Jacksonville.  According to Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department Captain Eric Prosswimmer, the fire was reported around 7:20 a.m. when no one was in the building.

Hassan said their customers are like family, whether new or regular.

“We believe that when they take a chair at one of our tables, we want them to feel like family,” he said. “Especially in these past two years with COVID, that sense of family for our staff and customers has been even more important.”

Ken Jefferson, another longtime client and former spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office, created a GoFundMe account – “Love for Junior’s!” — to raise funds to help restaurants and employees.

Jefferson said he typically ate at Junior’s once or twice a week.

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“Abe and his family not only provided delicious meals at affordable prices, but also created a safe and appreciated space for all, and gave selflessly to support many organizations and causes throughout our city,” said writes Jefferson at the fundraiser. .

Hassan said the donations “will help us pay both our employees who are transferring to our Callahan site and those who cannot work at Callahan.”

The outpouring of love and support we have felt over the past week has been nothing short of overwhelming. he also said.

“Once again, we can’t thank our community and amazing customers enough during this unprecedented time,” Hassan said. “We know better days filled with prawns, sweet tea and a full Main Street dining hall are just around the corner.”

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Restaurants

Restaurants adapt to the Omicron wave


A drive-thru restaurant in Webster Groves has recorded 30% more orders in recent weeks.

ST. LOUIS – The recent surge of COVID-19 has prompted some businesses in Saint-Louis to step up their security protocols while others have closed to help slow the spread.

On Saturday, Frank Romano and his staff at Parkmoor Drive-In in Webster Groves could be seen wearing masks along with some guests at the tables.

“This is serious business and we want everyone to be safe. We follow all protocols here. Keep it clean. And do our best, ”said the Managing Director.

The restaurant opened in the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, when you could only dine outside.

As cases fluctuated, they switched to patio and sidewalk service until they had some relief in the summer of 2021.

“It was safer. People weren’t getting that sick and we were allowed to use inside restaurants, ”Romano said.

With the virus mixing operations again and new variations in play, the restaurant has seen a 30% increase in take-out orders.

Other restaurants in Saint-Louis are preparing for the battle.

The Morgan Street Brewery in the city center is closed until further notice.

Signage on the door reads “We have made the extremely difficult decision to close due to the continuing pandemic. If life returns to normal, we hope to see you again.

Planter’s House has also been on hiatus until the end of January for some “rest and recovery,” according to their website, after ending their vacation early due to cases.

For restaurants that stay open like Parkmoor with no cases inside, it’s all about masking, pulling out and deep cleaning.

“Constant hand washing, disinfection, wearing of gloves,” Romano continued.

Like so many others with a business in this ever-changing climate, the restaurant has asked everyone who is feeling sick to stay home.

The City of St. Louis Department of Health has urged companies to reduce their workforce indoors as much as possible.

The agency also asked the companies to work with experts in H-VAC to improve the air quality in the building.

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Restaurants

Some bars and restaurants in Asheville temporarily close, COVID protocols


ASHEVILLE – Diners and drinkers will need to take extra steps to prepare before heading to town.

Normal operations at local bars and restaurants may be disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, increased regulations and the winter season.

Closure during the peak holiday season is not typical for food and beverage businesses and is another example of the pandemic’s toll.

“The week between Christmas and New Years has historically been a very busy and lucrative time for restaurants in the Asheville area,” said Jane Anderson, executive director of the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association. “The fact that some of them had to close is a big blow to their results. They depend on that income to get it through January and February.”

Positive COVID tests, negative result

The omicron variant of the virus continues to increase during the holiday season, leading to temporary shutdowns in the New Year. Some companies have announced closures and stricter health and safety guidelines after discovering employees have been exposed or tested positive for the virus.

Little Jumbo, a neighborhood bar at 241 Broadway Street, closed on Christmas Eve and is not expected to open until January 3 or later. The bar closed after employees tested positive for COVID-19 and came into contact with other employees.

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“We wanted to be as careful as possible when it comes to protecting our guests and staff,” said Chall Gray, co-owner. “We have a small squad, so unfortunately we really didn’t have a lot of choice because we don’t have a lot of people to start. “

Some employees are waiting for the results of their tests, which will determine when the business reopens, he said.

“I stopped trying to predict the future two years ago because it just never worked for me,” Gray said.

Little Jumbo was closed for 387 days after the initial pandemic shutdown in March 2020, he said. The bar opened in April 2021, and this is the first time it has been forced to close due to the virus since then.

The latest shutdown has another big impact on the company’s revenue. Additionally, Little Jumbo canceled their New Years party and refunded ticket holders.

“It’s definitely a big hit on the income, that’s for sure. I don’t see any way to get it back. Business interruption insurance hasn’t really done much for anyone at any time, and I doubt it does now. It’s just a loss, ”Gray said. “I look forward to the day, which I hope won’t be in more than a few years, that all of this will be a thing of the past.”

Stricter COVID Protocols

Holeman and Finch, a restaurant that opened earlier this month on the South Slope, has been closed for more than a week, due to the pandemic. The restaurant has closed and is expected to resume operations on Jan.4, according to the restaurant’s website.

Once reopened, the restaurant will follow suit with other restaurants and bars in Asheville and require customers to present proof of vaccination to enter. And temperature controls will be required for all guests.

Little Jumbo introduced a proof of vaccination rule in August.

“We were among the first. Asheville Brewing, they were one of the main pioneers there, and The Crucible, ”Gray said. “I’ve heard that more and more places are starting to require it now, just in the last few days.”

There were negative comments from guests, while others expressed that the vaccination check was the reason they decided to visit, he said.

“From the calls we get at AIR, I think there are people looking for these restaurants,” Anderson said. “On the other hand, I know there are people who don’t like going to restaurants like this. It’s kind of a mixed bag.

Bottle riot

On December 27, Bottle Riot updated their guidelines to include the vaccination requirement.

Additionally, according to North Carolina law, guests will need to register as “members” of Bottle Riot to be admitted, as the bar now sells spirits and is considered a “private bar.” Previously, membership was not required since the bar only served wine and beer. The law has established bars that serve spirits but do not have restaurant kitchens serving food, co-owner Lauri Nichols said.

“Our priority continues to be the health and happiness of our staff, all our guests and our communities, and we believe that further proof of COVID-19 vaccination to become a member of Bottle Riot is a small but crucial step. to take to do so. “Nichols said.

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Many bars operate under the categorization of private bars, Gray said, including Little Jumbo. Guests should be prepared to register at the gate if they are visiting for the first time.

“It’s easy and windy. Anyone 21 and over just needs to show valid ID, along with proof of vaccine, ”Nichols said. “It can be a vaccine card or a clear photo of the card on your phone and a one-time $ 1 membership fee.”

Winter downtime

After the holiday rush, some establishments close for days or weeks to give their employees time to rest and take care of internal tasks. Winter holidays are normal and a practice that dates back to before the pandemic, Anderson said.

“Because January and February are traditionally the slowest months of the year for our restaurants, it is not uncommon for many of them to take winter vacations … so they can do a bit. repair and restoration in their restaurants, ”she said.

Customers are recommended to visit the company’s website, social media pages or call before scheduling a visit to confirm that it is open and to know the updated hours, which may be reduced due lack of staff. Also check out its COVID-19 guidelines, which may have changed with the recent virus spike.

“My best suggestion for people looking to dine out, especially this week, is (to) make sure the restaurant you’re going to is open – so check their website and / or call them,” Anderson said. “The best thing is to be nice and wear a fucking mask.”

Tiana Kennell is the food reporter for the Asheville Citizen Times, part of the USA Today Network. Email her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter / Instagram @PrincessOfPage.


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NexPoint Real Estate Finance, Inc. Announces Completion of $ 60 Million Offering of 5.75% Senior Unsecured Notes maturing in 2026


DALLAS, December 20, 2021 / PRNewswire / – NexPoint Real Estate Finance, Inc. (NYSE: NREF) (“NREF” or the “Company”) announced today that it has announced its previously announced public offering for a total of $ 60 million in face value of its 5th , 75% senior. has entered into Unsecured Notes maturing in 2026 (the “Additional Notes”). The additional notes were issued at a price of 102.758% of face value with a yield to maturity of 5.036%. The additional notes were an additional issue of the existing ones $ 75 million The total notional amount of its 5.75% Senior Unsecured Notes due 2026 (the “Initial Notes”) and the Additional Notes were issued under the same bond as the Initial Notes, treated with the Initial Notes as a single class of debt and had the same Conditions as for the Initial Notes, with the exception of the Issue Date and the Offer Price.

The Company intends to contribute the net proceeds of this Offer to its operational partnership, NexPoint Real Estate Finance Operating Partnership, LP (the “OP”) in exchange for OP Units. The OP intends to use the net proceeds from this offering to purchase investments that fit the company’s investment strategy.

Raymond James acted as sole book-running manager for the offering. The company made this offer pursuant to a shelf registration statement dated on. entered into force March 31, 2021. This offer was made exclusively by means of a prospectus and prospectus supplement, a copy of which is available from Raymond James & Associates, Inc., 880 Carillon Parkway, St. Petersburg, FL 33716, phone (800) 248-8863, email: [email protected] or the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

About NexPoint Real Estate Finance, Inc.

NexPoint Real Estate Finance, Inc. is a publicly traded REIT whose shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “NREF”. NREF is primarily focused on issuing, structuring, and investing in first mortgage, mezzanine, preferred equity, and alternative structured finance in commercial real estate and commercial apartment buildings mortgage-backed securities.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, based on management’s current expectations, beliefs and beliefs. Forward-looking statements are often identified by words such as “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “should” and similar expressions, as well as variations or negatives of these words. These forward-looking statements include statements about the intended use of the proceeds. They are not guarantees of future results and forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements, including the ultimate geographic spread, duration and severity of the COVID. -19 pandemic and the effectiveness of measures that are or may be taken by government agencies to contain the outbreak or address its effects, as well as those further described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those specifically in our annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements and are encouraged to review NREF’s other filings with the SEC for a more complete discussion of the risks and other factors that could affect forward-looking statements. The statements made herein speak only as of the date of this press release, and NREF assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements except as required by law.

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Fewer journalists murdered, but many more behind bars in 2021 | World | Latest news and insights from around the world | DW


Times are tough for journalists.

Authoritarian regimes like Belarus, China and Myanmar are cracking down on pro-democracy movements in their countries with increasing zeal – with free speech as a collateral victim. And in Western democracies like the United States and Europe, populists and conspiracy theorists increasingly threaten press freedoms, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is sounding the alarm in its current annual roundup of violence and abuse suffered by journalists. Its report on press freedom concludes that more and more media professionals are being arbitrarily arrested in the performance of their duties.

Murders of journalists decrease slightly

In 2021, 46 journalists were killed, the lowest number in many years. One of the reasons for this, says RSF, is the easing of tensions in regional conflict zones in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

Katja Gloger, board member of RSF Germany, added: “The most dangerous countries are Mexico, again – with seven – and Afghanistan, with six journalists killed. Yemen and India each had four media workers killed in 2021.

Some 65 journalists are considered kidnapped, the majority of kidnappings having taken place in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

More journalists detained than ever

Yet in 2021 at least 488 journalists around the world were detained for their work. This is the highest number the organization has ever recorded. The report states that 103 of them are not professional journalists; they are activists who express themselves on social networks.

For their work of operating cameras, 22 people are in police custody. And the number of female journalists jailed for their profession has risen by a third, according to the report.

Main culprits: China, Belarus and Myanmar

Reporters Without Borders points to five countries for the increase in detentions. RSF has identified 127 journalists detained in China, 53 in Myanmar and 32 in Belarus. Vietnam and Saudi Arabia are also mentioned.

World map showing journalists arrested in 2021

The report states that this “exceptional increase in arbitrary detentions is mainly attributable to three countries whose governments are indifferent to their citizens’ aspirations for democracy. The magnitude of these figures is also indicative of an increasingly relentless crackdown on independent media ”.

Katja Gloger says: “The increase in numbers is also the result of new geopolitical power relations in which these regimes are too little repelled by the democracies of the world.

One example: the contested Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko manages to suppress anti-regime protests and cling to power only through brute force. But Russian President Vladimir Putin backs the autocrat – and international sanctions are not having the desired effect.

Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya shows photo of imprisoned husband Siarhei Tsikhanouski

Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya pleaded for her imprisoned husband, prominent blogger Siarhei Tsikhanouski

In a recent high-profile case, a Belarusian court sentenced prominent blogger and opposition figure Siarhei Tsikhanosky to 18 years in prison.

Meanwhile, in Myanmar, the number of journalists behind bars has jumped since the military coup in early February, according to the report. Only two detainees were recorded in 2020.

In China, the unprecedented number of detentions is in part due to Xi Jinping’s growing control over Hong Kong.

The RSF roundup specifies: “In this special administrative region, which was a regional model of respect for press freedom, and which did not have jailed journalists, the national security law imposed by Beijing in 2020 was used as a pretext to arrest and detain at least 10 journalists on December 1. “

Poster mourning the death of de Vries showing his face and reading: On Bended Knee Is No Way to Be Free

The murder of specialist journalist Peter de Vries in the Netherlands came as a shock to Europe

Individual destinies are in balance

Behind every journalist who is murdered or detained, there is a name and an individual. Shahnaz Raufi was an Afghan journalist who was killed in March in an attack claimed by the militant group “Islamic State”.

News of the murder of criminal journalist Peter de Vries sent shock waves through the Netherlands, Europe and beyond.

View of a banner of Julian Assange supporters attached to a railing outside the High Court in London reading Free Assange No US Extradition

Press freedom supporters criticized London High Court’s decision to overturn ban on Julian Assange’s extradition to the United States

The case of Australian Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has also gained international attention in recent times. On December 10, a UK appeals court ruled that the 50-year-old could ultimately be extradited to the United States, overturning an earlier judgment. He faces up to 175 years in prison if convicted of espionage.

RSF, headquartered in Paris and with 13 regional branches, was created in 1985 and works for press freedom in more than 130 countries.

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CA restaurants that closed permanently in 2021


CALIFORNIA – A series of restaurants closed in 2020 amid the pandemic as sweeping restrictions forced Californians to stay at home and businesses to close.

But 2021 has turned into a year of healing. Fewer restaurants have been forced to close this year as Californians have been vaccinated, restrictions on coronaviruses have been relaxed, and financial assistance to local businesses has been extended.

Yet many restaurants have had no choice but to close their doors this year.

Here are some of the places that have closed permanently in the Golden State.

1. Viennese pastry shop, Santa Monica

A beloved bakery run by three sisters has closed its doors after more than 60 years of prosperity in the community of Santa Monica.

The iconic Vienna Pastry location at 1215 Wilshire Blvd. near 12th Street closed in January.

Before the pandemic, special events, catering, weddings and birthdays were a huge source of income for the bakery. With limited social gatherings at the start of the year, the owners were sadly forced to end their six-decade run in Santa Monica.

2. Campo Di Bocce, Livermore

Livermore’s Italian staple, Campo di Bocce, has announced it will close its doors for good earlier this year. It used to be a very busy restaurant that mixed Italian cuisine and boules.

“The continual closures, lockdowns, rule change, take-out only, outdoor dining only, minimal indoor dining, and then again take-out only, ultimately wreaked havoc, and the of the Covid-19 pandemic have finally taken hold and forced us into this dire situation, ”management said via Facebook.

The establishment opened 15 years ago on East Vineyard Avenue with eight indoor and outdoor tables and world-class bocce courts and has quickly grown into a vibrant destination for meals, drinks, birthday parties and retirement, company meetings, community gatherings and, of course, pétanque tournaments.

3. Zelda’s corner, Venice

Zelda’s Corner family grocery store in Venice closed over the summer, citing constraints related to the pandemic.

Zelda’s Corner was known for its breakfast, which included adorable mini-minidonuts and breakfast burritos, as well as classic sandwiches. He used fresh organic produce from the Santa Monica and Venice farmers markets.

The cafe and shop at 9 Westminster Ave. opened in 1999 and were purchased by Klevens in 2015, the Argonaut reported.

4. Gorditos, Dublin

Gorditos, a family-owned Tex-Mex restaurant in Dublin, has closed its doors after less than two years in business. Although the restaurant struggled to keep its doors open during the pandemic, the business ultimately closed due to a dispute with the owner.

Gorditos also pointed to inflated prices, delivery delays and a lack of workers as the reasons for the Dublin store’s closure.

5. Rocky Point Restaurant, Carmel

A 75-year-old seafood staple in Carmel, Rocky Point restaurant has closed and sold its sprawling location for $ 8 million to a real estate development group, the Monterey Herald has reported.

6. Stone Brewing, Napa

A bustling San Diego-based craft brewer has shut down his Napa faucet room after three years for failing to pay rent during the pandemic, Stone Brewing told the San Francisco Chronicle.

At least 40 employees have lost their jobs as a result of the shutdown.

7. Milo SRO, Santa Monica

A massive exodus of workers ravaged the Golden State over the summer, forcing the Santa Monica pizzeria to close in September.

Milo SRO, the pizzeria’s little sister to local favorite Milo & Olive, closed on October 10, the company said.

8. Mama’s Comfort Food & Drinks, Newport Beach

Mama’s Comfort Food & Drinks closed earlier this year, less than two years after opening at Mariner’s Mile in Newport Beach, the Orange County Register reported.

Its other restaurants are located in Los Alamitos, Huntington Beach and Ladera Ranch.

This article originally appeared on the Los Angeles Patch


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How TGI Fridays went from a singles bar to a dying restaurant


  • TGI Fridays started out as a singles bar in 1965 in New York City, but over time it has grown to become a family favorite.
  • The chain started closing restaurants after the 2008 financial crisis, but it still has more than 700.
  • TGI Fridays is focusing on a new food delivery strategy, and a UK franchise is bringing the bar back.

When founder Alan Stillman opened the first TGI Fridays on New York’s Upper East Side in 1965, his goal was to meet lots of single women. Her timing was perfect, as the city was increasingly crowded with working women looking for a place to meet friends and make dates.

TGI Fridays has been riding the wave of the sexual revolution and has become a favorite among singles across the United States as it has grown. But by the mid-1970s, the era of singles bars was drawing to a close, and under the leadership of Daniel R. Scoggin, the chain became a place where families could dine together.

By the early 2000s, TGI Fridays had expanded to the United States and abroad as a member of the Carlson hotel group. But after the 2008 financial crisis, sales in the restaurant industry began to decline, and over the next decade, TGI Fridays closed more than 200 restaurants in the United States. In 2020, plans to go public with the channel were withdrawn as the COVID-19 pandemic rocked the restaurant industry.

But the recent focus on curb delivery and pickup is helping the chain reinvent itself in the United States. And in the UK, a franchise launched a bar called 63rd + 1st as a nod to Stillman’s first bar.


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A small restaurant chain in Canada invests all of its profits in bitcoin. It Has Returned 460% On Its Investment And Triples Its Locations During Pandemic | Currency News | Financial and business news


Tahinis co-founder Aly Hamam (right) shows a bitcoin cash machine in one of his restaurants.
  • Tahinis is a family-owned restaurant chain that invests all of its profits in bitcoin, a strategy that “worked like a charm” as it grew.
  • Tahinis co-founders say they have increased 460% from the investment first made in August 2020 to shield profits from surging inflation.
  • The Canadian company says it has helped other small businesses adopt a “standard bitcoin” strategy.

Tahinis is a family-owned restaurant chain that, with its Middle Eastern cuisine, gives this advice to small business owners around the world: invest in bitcoin.

Tahinis is touted as the world’s first restaurant chain to invest 100% of its cash reserves in cryptocurrency. Its founders, brothers Aly and Omar Hamam, said exposure to bitcoin has been key to fostering its expansion in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and soaring inflation that has driven up the prices of ingredients including they need shawarma and other dishes. The company based in London, Ontario, Canada, first invested in bitcoin in August 2020.

“We’re at 460% of our initial investment so far and we haven’t stopped there,” Aly, Tahinis’ chief marketing officer, told Insider in a recent interview. “We will continue to sweep away excess bitcoin profits. We even bought the [April 2021 price] up, then we rolled it all the way to the bottom, and we kept buying month after month after month. So it worked like a charm for us, ”he said.

Bitcoin in August 2020 was trading at less than $ 12,000. It was around $ 58,075 on Friday after last week’s record above $ 69,000.

Tahinis follows a so-called “standard bitcoin strategy” where it operates in fiat currency, or Canadian dollars, and then invests all of its profits in bitcoin, a move Aly said was similar to MicroStrategy’s.

The data analytics company uses excess cash to buy what it sees as a “reliable store of value.” MicroStrategy recently held 114,042 bitcoins, valued at around $ 6.8 billion on Thursday. Aly ignored bitcoin for a while after one of her financial idols – Warren Buffett – called it “squared rat poison” in 2018.

Tahinis keeps working capital in cash for a few months, and then the profit, part of her cash, is sent in bitcoin. Private company Tahinis could not disclose how much bitcoin it holds on its balance sheet, but said sales at its restaurants now exceeded $ 8 million in the past year.

The business in 2021 will expand to nine locations from eight and is on track in 2022 to have a total of 29 restaurants. Aly said Tahinis has worked with dozens of small businesses around the world integrating them into a standard Bitcoin strategy.

“The main problem we have right now is that the dollars are devaluing,” Aly said. “Central banks will say inflation is only 5%. But it really depends on what you want to buy. Poultry is up 45%, beef is up 25%, imported products and spices are up 65%, oils are up 110%, “since March 2020, when the pandemic was accelerating, he said. “So it made sense to put our money in [bitcoin] and that will exceed any inflation rates we see for the next decade. ”

The Hamams are sensitive to the devaluation of the currency after seeing their parents’ wealth and savings affected by a 65% drop in the Egyptian pound against the US dollar between 2012 and 2017. The brothers were in Tahrir Square in 2011 during the Arab Spring uprising that led to the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak.

“We faced riot police, we were hit by tear gas,” Aly said. “We came to Canada the following year with a reinvigorated hope to start our new life here,” which led to Tahinis. The Hamams had previously obtained dual citizenship thanks to their father who obtained a doctorate. in Canada and then worked as a math teacher in Saudi Arabia.

Tahinis installed bitcoin machines in each restaurant to encourage employees and customers to buy the cryptocurrency. He doesn’t take bitcoin for food payments in part because accounting and tax reporting is much easier to use in fiat currency and he wants to promote bitcoin holding.

Tahinis began to recover from the pandemic in May 2020 after an 80% drop in sales and forced layoffs. In addition to bitcoin, having a quick-service restaurant model rather than an in-person restaurant model requiring more square meters to operate has helped.

“We had more people signing up for franchises after COVID than before COVID,” Omar Hamam, CEO of Tahinis, told Insider.

“We have a full marketing team working every day to deliver content to make people laugh,” and see Tahinis’ food on TikTok and Instagram, Omar said, “and the fact that we have our own channel business. ‘sourcing helps a lot. So we really approached the business in all its aspects. ”



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Editorial: Still Life Nightclub Comes to Chapel Hill


From mom and pop stores and college bars to local restaurants, Chapel Hill and the surrounding area are known for their college aesthetic.

Local places – like He’s Not Here and Sutton’s Drug Store – help keep the vibe of the college town of Chapel Hill going. But, this fall, a new club is opening on Franklin Street that could bring a new going out experience to Chapel Hill.

Still Life Chapel Hill, a nightclub and rooftop bar, will be located above Sutton’s Drug Store on Franklin Street. Its official opening date has not been disclosed.

After losing many businesses on Franklin Street to the pandemic, the addition of a nightclub in the area is a promising sign that life is coming back to Chapel Hill after the pandemic.

As the number of COVID-19 remains relatively low, bars and restaurants in Chapel Hill can operate at full capacity. Unlike this point last year, going out on a weekend night in Chapel Hill is reminiscent of life before the start of the pandemic. This means that students and people in the community are eager to go out and visit the bars, restaurants and clubs. Still Life Chapel Hill opens just at the right time to capture this demand.

The nightclub is said to be Chapel Hill’s premier entertainment experience. This may be what Franklin Street needs. At present, the nightlife in Chapel Hill is relatively limited to college bars.

The library was once a bar with plenty of space to dance, but it was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic this summer. Other Chapel Hill nightlife spots that have room for drinks and dancing are often crowded and have long lines. Anyone who has had to wait over an hour to get into Goodfellows knows what we’re talking about.

Although Chapel Hill is definitely a college town, the addition of a large nightclub will provide new and different options for going out on Franklin Street. With bottle service, a sweatshop, and a rooftop bar, Still Life Chapel Hill will be unlike most nightlife spots in the area.

Still Life has owned several nightclubs throughout North Carolina, including in Greenville at East Carolina University. The Still Life at ECU is a popular nightlife space – the Instagram account alone for this location has 20,000 followers. But not all locations in Still Life were successful. Raleigh’s Still Life closed this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although the location has not yet opened, we are already awaiting the opening of Still Life in Chapel Hill. Social media accounts for the venue are popular, and bouncers, bartenders and promoters are already in the process of being recruited.

The opening of Still Life in Chapel Hill is a promising sign that businesses are still drawn to the area, despite the high costs of renting space on Franklin Street. This venue is going to be a different experience than most of the nightlife spaces already in Chapel Hill, which is exciting when you think about what Franklin Street will look like after the pandemic.

With so many businesses shutting down during the pandemic, it’s exciting to think about what’s new in the region. A nightclub – with all of its attributes – is a welcome addition to Chapel Hill nightlife.

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WNY Restaurant Owners Group Calls on Congress for Help


Restaurant owners in western New York state have expressed concern over the loss of outdoor dining options as winter approaches.

BUFFALO, NY – As alfresco dining ends and winter weather arrives, local restaurateurs and the New York State Restaurant Association (NYSRA) are calling for continued covid-related restaurant aid.

On Thursday, restaurateurs in western New York, along with restaurateurs in the Capital Region and the NYSRA, came together to call on the federal government to sue the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). Continuing the program would help restaurants overcome challenges they would face as outdoor dining options are being phased out due to weather conditions, according to NYSRA and restaurateurs.

Restaurant owners say they still face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. An NYSRA investigation found that 85% of restaurants have seen a reduction in indoor dining since cases started to increase. Al fresco dining has expanded their options, but this will no longer be possible for some businesses with the cold and snow on the way.

In New York State, most restaurants that requested RRF assistance received none; of those who requested it, 35% received assistance. A total of $ 9.6 billion was requested by the restaurants that applied; a total of $ 5.9 billion in aid has not been received.

“The RRF program was deemed necessary to help relieve many ailing restaurants during the height of the pandemic, but this help is still desperately needed today. Replenishing the RRF will provide additional resources to restaurants struggling to see another day and help offset the loss of income as alfresco dining is no longer a viable option. Many industry players have benefited from the RRF program, and many more deserve the same relief, ”said Melissa Fleischut, President and CEO of the New York State Restaurant Association.

US Representative Brian Higgins has expressed support for the request from restaurateurs in western New York.

“I rise to add my voice and support for restaurateurs in Buffalo and Western New York State, rising today to call on Congress to approve additional restaurant relief. Congress authorized, through the American Rescue Plan, the Restaurant Revitalization Fund providing $ 28.6 billion to help restaurants hit hard by the pandemic. While the program has been able to help more than 101,000 small business owners, more than 63% of eligible applicants – more than 177,000 restaurants that the Small Business Administration deemed eligible for funding – received nothing, ” Higgins said.

“Restaurants support jobs, fuel our local economies and, as gathering places for families and friends, help rebuild stronger communities. I strongly support the early replenishment of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund and urge my colleagues to do the same. “

Higgins is a co-sponsor of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund Replenishment Act which is said to provide $ 60 billion in funding nationwide. With the first RRF, $ 28.6 billion has been provided and more than $ 76 billion has been requested, according to a report by the Congressional Research Service.


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Japan’s Gundam cafes to all close nationwide

The staff at the Gundam Cafe in Akihabara wear Gundam-themed outfits and hold trays with drinks.

Soon, it seems, these cafes will be gone.
Photo: YOSHIKAZU TSUNO / AFP (Getty Images)

If you were hoping to visit the Gundam Cafés in Japan, you better do it soon, because at the start of next year it looks like they’re all will close.

In an official announcement, the cafe’s management announced that the Gundam Square location in Osaka will close on January 1. The Gundam Café Tokyo Brand Core location in Akihabara as well as the Gundam Café in Odaiba in Tokyo and Fukuoka will close on January 30.

Gundam Café Tokyo Brand Core opened on July 31, 2020, which means its run certainly looks short.

The is a cafe at Gundam Factory Yokohama, but this attraction is only temporary and will end on March 31, 2022. Once this is completed, it looks like all official Gundam Cafés will be closed.

The first Gundam Cafe opened in 2010 and locations are spread across the country.

The establishments served Gundam themed drinks as well as dishes including curry, burgers and sweets. Restaurants also have stores selling Gundam merchandise and models, making it a one-stop-shop for fans of the series.

The official announcement thanked fans for their sponsorship over the years, but did not explain why the cafes were closing. Currently, Japan has banned tourists from entering the country, but will ease restrictions for business trips and students. No doubt, the lack of tourists as well as the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic have not been good for Gundam Caféthe bottom line. It’s a real shame because tourists seem to like to visit these places and they won’t be there when they return.

However, the Gundam Café The announcement hints at a “new project” that “will suit the times” and provide fans with a venue for communication. Whether it’s a digital or a physical space, we’ll have to wait and see.

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Sidney limits outdoor seating for restaurants and cafes – Victoria News

There will be fewer outdoor options for those dining out in Sidney.

Sidney’s council repealed a temporary bylaw passed in the summer of 2020 that allowed local restaurants and cafes to convert up to 50% of their required parking space to outdoor seating (assuming it didn’t (there is no reduction in the existing number of designated accessible parking spaces).

Council made this decision after receiving a staff report. “Staff believe the change should be revoked at this time due to provincial protocols in place,” said Alison Verhagen, current senior planning director. As the report notes, Sidney introduced the temporary measure during the COVID-19 pandemic, while physical distancing protocols and indoor dining limits affected the seating capacity inside these businesses. .

“While the pandemic is still ongoing, the province now allows indoor dining and requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all customers dining inside and outside at a restaurant or restaurant. a pub ”, we read. “(Therefore) restaurants are less restricted in their operations and may no longer need this allocation of parking spaces to complete their operations.”

The Council first adopted the provisional regulation in June 2020, subject to its cancellation no later than six months. He was back before the board in October 2020, with the board renewing it subject to consideration of the repeal of the by-law in October 2021.

Verhagen said staff contacted both restaurants using the settlement last week. “One of them effectively removed their outdoor patio,” she said, adding that the other did not respond to the municipality after receiving the information.

The Council’s vote in favor of the repeal of the provisional regulation was unanimous.

Companies interested in continuing to offer outdoor seating can apply for a permit from the municipality.


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Montreal nightclub owners protest Quebec dance ban


MONTREAL – Closed since March 2020, Montreal nightclubs were arguably the businesses most affected during the COVID-19 pandemic and now owners are taking to the streets to demand that they finally be allowed to welcome again people on the dance floor.

As restaurants and bars rejoiced on Thursday when the Quebec government unexpectedly announced that these businesses will be able to operate at 100% capacity from November 1, nightclubs have been snubbed about soon-to-be relaxed health measures. .

From that date, bars will also be allowed to stay open until 3 a.m. instead of 2 a.m., however, dancing and karaoke are still prohibited under current regulations.

Owners like Tommy Piscardelli, owner of Stereo, an iconic Montreal nightlife spot for 23 years, say it was a slap in the face, not least because of the controversy last weekend where thousands of maskless fans were seen dancing inside the Bell Center at a Ricky Concert by Martin and Enrique Iglesias.

“It just made me even angrier because it’s, like, now that they’re really single [us out]He said in an interview with CTV News on Friday.

“We are literally the last business to open in the entire city of Montreal. “

He said the latest blow was the loss of federal government grants, such as the Canada Emergency Rent Grant (CRS) and the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (SSUC), which are due to expire on October 23. . It is the same day Piscardelli and other bar owners chose to organize a big demonstration in Montreal.

The “Dancer’s right” The protest will look more like a parade, according to Piscardelli. Sound trucks will play music as crowds descend Park Avenue starting at 2 p.m. and ending at 8 p.m., according to a Facebook event.

“We are not anti-virus, we are not anti-government, anti-vaccine, anti-everything – we are for everything,” Piscardeli said.

“It’s a festive parade. It’s not – it’s nothing negative. It’s just to make noise, to let people know we’re here.

Piscardelli said he would gladly apply the vaccine passport to the door and even welcome a policy of masking inside if public health recommends it, provided it means it can reopen its doors.

The head of the Association des bars du Québec also stands behind the nightclubs.

Jean-Jacques Beauchamp, president of the Quebec Bar Association, CPBBTQ, also said he was disappointed by the province’s announcement on Thursday.

“Why is there still no dancing and no karaoke in a bar?” He said Thursday, adding that he intends to address the issues with Quebec officials next week.

The Department of Health and Human Services did not immediately respond to a request from CTV News regarding when dancing and karaoke would be allowed.


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Restaurants

Are restaurants exacerbating the obesity epidemic?


Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, almost all discussion of restaurant health has focused on one topic: how to protect diners and staff from the virus. But another health issue has been largely overlooked: how restaurants are compromising the health of Americans by selling foods high in calorie density, fat, added sugars, and sodium, but low in essential fiber. And during a pandemic where obesity and other pre-existing health conditions have been risk factors for serious illness, this discussion could not be more relevant.

It is common knowledge that fast food sold by chains such as McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, etc. has a poor nutritional profile. But the starters, main courses and desserts sold in full-service restaurants are hardly better.

This was made clear in a study from the Friedman School of Nutrition published last year. He showed that about 70% of the meals in fast food restaurants were of “poor quality” and only 30% were even of “intermediate” quality. In full-service restaurants, 47% of meals were of intermediate quality and 52% of poor quality.

Perhaps most strikingly, less than 0.1% of the meals consumed at these restaurants met the American Heart Association’s definition of “ideal quality”, namely meals high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and vegetables. low in processed meats, sugary drinks, saturated fat and sodium.

Franchisees – fast food restaurants and others – have tried to balance their menu offerings. Burger King, for example, offers a garden salad. But more common are the offerings – like a triple bacon and pretzel cheeseburger sold by Wendy’s – that are high in calories, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium.

Beyond the nutritional profile

Another area of ​​concern is portion sizes in restaurants. While the Cheesecake Factory’s monster portions may seem aberrant, the CDC reports that the average serving size of a burger and fries in a restaurant is now about three times as large as it was in the 1950s. .

Likewise, the authors of a 2019 study analyzed the menu items of 10 popular fast food chains in the United States from 1986 to 2016. They found that the number of calories and the size of the portions (in grams) of main courses had increased by 12% and 25%, respectively. ; desserts had increased by 46% and 37% respectively; and the calorie count of secondary orders had increased by 21%.

This double dose of large portions and unhealthy foods contributed to the increase in the obesity rate among American adults from 15% in 1980 to over 42%. Weight gain is of particular concern given that obesity and related conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, have been linked to an increased risk of complications and death from COVID-19.

The evolving restaurant landscape

The rise in obesity rates comes against the backdrop of two major changes in the American gastronomic landscape.

The first is the dramatic expansion of access to food options outside the home. From 1977 to 2012, the number of food establishments in the United States increased by 77%, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. More recently, the number of “quick service” establishments has grown from around 150,000 in 2007 to nearly 200,000 last year.

The impact of increasing restaurant density was shown by the authors of a 2015 article. They showed a strong link between an increasing obesity rate and a per capita increase in the number of restaurants in a state. .

The second change in the restaurant landscape is that people eat a lot more in restaurants than before. In 1962, food consumed outside the home made up 27% of the total food budget of Americans. By 2017, this figure had risen to over 50%.

These trends, coupled with the troubling nutritional profile of the foods offered by restaurants, partly explain the poor state of the average American diet. Most American adults and children do not consume the recommended daily amounts of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes, while consuming higher than recommended amounts of added sugar, sodium, and processed meats.

These eating habits are correlated with adverse health effects. In 2012, more than 45% of American adult deaths from diabetes, heart disease and stroke were associated with suboptimal eating, according to a JAMA to study. This diet is defined as low in fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and high in sodium, processed meats and sugary drinks.

What needs to change?

There are no easy answers to getting Americans to develop healthier eating habits, but one step is to eat out less often and cook healthy foods at home more often. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have found that when people cook their own food, they consume 12% less sugar, 6% fewer calories, and 6% less fat.

With delivery services making restaurant meals more accessible than ever, there is an urgent need for all food establishments to improve the health profile of their dishes. This means more offers that are low in fat and sodium and high in nutrient density. It also means smaller portions.

COVID-19 has shown the vulnerabilities of people facing food-related health issues. Restaurants should take the lead in helping Americans overcome these challenges and in doing so, help them improve their health.

Vanita Rahman, MD, is Clinical Director at Barnard Medical Center, Clinical Instructor in Medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine, and author of Simply Plant Based. Matthew Rees is editor of the Food and Health Facts newsletter, senior researcher at the Tuck School of Business in Dartmouth, and a former White House speechwriter.


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Bars

Puff Bar has overtaken Juul as teenage favorite electronic cigarette


Disposable vaporizers are now the most popular type of e-cigarette among middle school and high school students, overtaking reusable devices like Juul, according to new federal data. And the most commonly used brand — Puff Bar — is the one that has remained on the market despite a Food and Drug Administration order last year to halt sales in the United States.

About 11% of American high school students – about 1.7 million children – reported using e-cigarettes at least once in the past 30 days. The data is based on a national survey conducted online between January 18 and March 21.

Last year, about 20% of U.S. high school students, or roughly three million, reported using e-cigarettes at least once in the past 30 days. The annual study is conducted by the FDA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which said changes in methodology this year due to the pandemic made it difficult to compare with previous years.

The flavors most commonly used among young people were fruits, candies and desserts, mint and menthol, according to the survey. More than half of young e-cigarette users reported using disposable devices. Some 26% of high school vapers reported using the disposable Puff Bar brand, followed in popularity by Reynolds American Inc.’s refillable brand Vuse at 11%, Smok at 10% and Juul at 6%. Among college e-cigarette users, 30% said their usual brand was Puff Bar.

“The use of Vuse products by young people is unacceptable, and we will continue to investigate how young people access our products,” said a spokesperson for Reynolds. Vuse is intended for adults and remains “an important option for adult smokers looking for an alternative to smoking,” she said.

Juul Labs Inc. in 2018 landed in the sights of regulators when its sleek, USB-stick-shaped vaporizers became a status symbol for teens. It is the most used brand of electronic cigarettes by American high school students over the past three years. Under pressure from regulators and facing investigations into its marketing practices, Juul halted most of its advertising in the United States, closed its Facebook and Instagram accounts, and stopped selling all of its flavors in the United States except tobacco and menthol. It remains the best-selling brand of electronic cigarettes in the United States, but has lost market share to Vuse and others.

Joe Murillo, chief regulatory officer for Juul, said the company has undertaken a reset. “While millions of adult smokers have converted to our products from cigarettes, we will only be trusted to provide alternatives to adult smokers if we continue to fight underage consumption,” he said. .

Puff Bar sales surged in early 2020 when federal restrictions banned the sale of sweet and fruity e-cigarette refill pods like those from industry leader Juul Labs Inc. not be met, the original FDA flavor restrictions did not apply. for them. Underage vaping fell after these restrictions were implemented, but the use of disposable e-cigarettes among children and teens jumped.

In July last year, the FDA ordered the company to halt sales, saying its products had not been authorized by the agency.

The brand stopped sales on its website, but continued to sell in retail stores with flavors such as Watermelon, Blue Razz, and Lemon Ice. Puff Bar resumed sales on its website in February this year, claiming it had changed its ingredients and now used nicotine that was not derived from tobacco. The change could allow it to bypass the FDA.

Since last year, the FDA has been concerned about the popularity of Puff Bar among young people, a spokesperson for the agency said. She added that the agency was considering how to treat Puff Bar and a number of other brands claiming that their products contain synthetic nicotine and therefore fall outside the jurisdiction of the FDA.

We don’t know who owns the brand. Puff Bar did not immediately respond to an email request for comment.

This year’s investigation was the first to be fully conducted during the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to changes in the way the survey was conducted this year, the results are not comparable to the findings of previous surveys. This year, students answered questions through an online survey in their classrooms, at home or elsewhere. Before the pandemic, the investigation was conducted in person in classrooms.

Health officials said a significant number of young people have vaped this year despite many learning remotely and may have less access to e-cigarettes from friends or classmates. Some 2.8% of middle school students, or about 320,000, said they had used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days.

“These data highlight the fact that flavored electronic cigarettes are still extremely popular with children,” said Mitch Zeller, director of the Center for Tobacco Products at the FDA.

The findings could inform the FDA’s pending decisions on which e-cigarette products it will allow to remain in the US market. Some lawmakers and public health groups have called on the agency to ban all flavors of e-cigarettes other than tobacco.

Among the FDA’s decisions so far, the agency has removed more than a million flavored products from the market, including vaping liquids with flavors such as apple crumble, cola and cereal. cinnamon, claiming that the manufacturers had not provided sufficient evidence that their products benefited from it. adult smokers to an extent that outweighed their potential appeal to young people.

In 2017, Juul catapulted to the top of the e-cigarette market. But the company’s valuation fell just as quickly, as a series of crises led to hundreds of lawsuits alleging the company marketed its products to teenagers. Photographic illustration: Jacob Reynolds / WSJ

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Cafes

Terrain Coffee Project opens cafe in downtown Vancouver

The Terrain Coffee Project opened on September 22 at 106 W. Sixth St., in the space formerly occupied by Beerded Brothers Brewing in downtown Vancouver.

Owner Marty Lopes signed the space lease in May in hopes of opening on his birthday, Aug. 12, but struggling with everything from repairing plumbing to supplying drinking cups. paper, have extended the opening date.

Lopes discovered his love for coffee in Spokane at Rockwood Bakery where he met his wife, Katelynn Brown.

“I fell in love twice with my wife and coffee,” he said.

He particularly liked the analytical aspects of coffee and quickly went from barista to roaster. Lopes and Brown got married and moved from Spokane to Vancouver in 2007 when Brown got a teaching job at Battle Ground.

After moving to Vancouver, Lopes continued to work in the Portland coffee industry at Extracto Coffee Roasters, Barista Cafe, and then started Roseline Coffee before opening the Terrain Coffee Project. At present, he is the only coffee roaster in Terrain. He spends two days a week at his Salmon Creek store roasting beans for his wholesale customers, including Oracle Coffee Company, TwentySix Cafe, and Moore Coffee Co.

Terrain’s sales fell sharply when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. During the first week of closure, wholesale trade fell by 30%. Lopes got a loan from the Paycheck Protection Program which created a financial bridge, but he realized he had to get creative to stay in business. Online sales and local delivery have been added. He also opened a walk-in window two days a week at his roasting facility in Salmon Creek.

Little’s Mychal Dynes Conejo came to the window with no elevator for a cup of coffee and gave Lopes his phone number. Dynes knew that the space at 106 W. Sixth St. was empty because it was in the same block as his restaurant.

When Lopes expressed interest in renting it out to open a cafe, Dynes put him in touch with Caryl Brown, a Robert Aschieris real estate broker of Schofield Properties who manages the property for his family. Lopes presented his idea for a cafe. They loved this plan and Lopes signed a lease for the space.

“I loved the historic texture of the property. You can’t buy this, ”he said.

Some of these historic features are exposed brickwork, well-worn wood floors, and a bank safe behind the bar left behind by a securities firm. A side door leads to a small urban oasis next to the outdoor space of Kindred Homestead Supply. This is where Mary Schofield, who lived in the spaces above with her family, kept her dairy cow. The animal roamed freely and grazed in Esther Short Park, ultimately sparking a legal dispute between Schofield and the City of Vancouver, which had banned livestock in the downtown area.

Future plans for the Terrain Cafe include baking from Jen’s Bagels and Pastries, a wholesale bakery that Lopes discovered while running his wholesale coffee business. Jen’s will provide such things as Portuguese Bolo Levedos (sweet muffins), pop tarts and scones. Finally, slices of Jen’s cakes in flavors such as chocolate espresso filled with coffee and burnt vanilla will be added on weekends.

Lopes will soon be launching online ordering through the redy app. Using GPS, this application allows a business to know exactly when a customer will arrive to receive their order. He thinks that determining the time of arrival is crucial for a good cup of coffee.

The Café at the Terrain Coffee Project is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The shop is closed on Mondays.

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Restaurants

Which Montgomery restaurants have received pandemic funds? What we found.


The Restaurant Revitalization Fund provides funding to help restaurants and other similar businesses keep their doors open during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alabama has received approximately $ 1.9 billion in funding from the CARES Act to respond to and mitigate the coronavirus pandemic.

We’ve picked out some of the data highlights, but you can review the numbers yourself here.

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Which Montgomery restaurants received the most money?

Full Armor Foods LLC., Chow Town Inc. and 7413 EastChase QSR LLC., Or BurgerFi, were the top three recipients of Restaurant Revitalization Fund dollars.

They received approximately $ 1 million, $ 878,736 and $ 826,538 respectively.

Of the top five recipients, one was designated as a women-owned business; none were from a veteran.

One of the 60 eligible businesses listed was owned by veterans. Thirty-three of the 60 were owned by women.

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What was the fork of money received?

The least money allocated, according to this dataset, was to YJC LLC, which owns Satsuki Sushi on 6534 Atlanta Highway in Montgomery. He received approximately $ 6,107.

Two other Montgomery businesses – H&Y Pretzel Bakery (Tante Anne’s) and caterer Kamisha Coleman – also received less than $ 10,000. Only one company, Full Armor Foods LLC, owner of Martha’s Place Buffet, received $ 1 million or more.

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How can restaurants use the money from the Restaurant Revitalization Fund?

  • Payroll (not including salaries used for employee retention credit (ERC)
  • Principal or interest on mortgage bonds
  • To rent
  • Utilities
  • Maintenance, including construction to accommodate outdoor seating
  • Personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies and products
  • Normal food and beverage inventory
  • Certain operational expenses covered
  • Paid sick leave

The program provides restaurants with funding equal to their lost revenue from the pandemic of up to $ 10 million per business and no more than $ 5 million per physical location.

Recipients are not required to repay funding as long as funds are used for eligible purposes by March 11, 2023.

Molly Weisner is a digital producer for the USA Today Network. Find her on Twitter @molly_weisner.


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Cafes

75,000 fans in Arrowhead no COVID risk but Rae’s Cafe is?

Was the Arrowhead Stadium on September 12 safer than tiny Rae's Cafe?

Was the Arrowhead Stadium on September 12 safer than tiny Rae’s Cafe?

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Rule one in a pandemic: don’t do anything really stupid. To verify.

But this rule is violated more often than mask warrants. Case in point: As Jackson County decided to shut down tiny Rae’s cafe in Blue Springs for blatantly violating the County Mask Order, nearly 75,000 screaming Kansas City Chiefs fans filled GEHA Field at the Arrowhead Stadium for the team’s opener last Sunday.

A little incongruous, perhaps?

Yeah, I know it’s safer outside. And as a lifelong Chiefs fan, I love seeing the fans again. But maybe Rae needs to upgrade to stadium and increase his capacity?

I normally admire a spirit of challenge, but not so much during a deadly pandemic: I’m just not going to have the coffee. And you have to admit, it’s cynical fiction that Rae’s became an exempt “private club” by charging $ 1 at the door in an effort to avoid the public trust. The cafe is wrong to defy the law, and the county is right to enforce it.

But let’s be honest. The people in Arrowhead were side by side, back and forth, screaming at the top of their lungs. Do you think Rae’s diners were in more danger from the COVID-19 delta variant? Talk about a fractured fairy tale.

Many people have pointed out the hypocrisy on social media, but mostly in defense of coffee. This is where we go our separate ways. As an observer noted on Twitter, it is right to apply the obligatory mask in a restaurant. Doing it right next to an intimate, noisy gathering of 75,000 of your closest friends is what’s unfair.

Yes, it is more than a little incongruous. But being unequal and unfair is one of the ways we broke Pandemic Rule # 1 so as not to be stupid.

We all know that across the continent, particularly in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, mom-and-pop stores have been closed by state and local closures while many stores in supermarkets remained open. You don’t get much more unfair or incongruous.

Meanwhile, many elected leaders across the country were caught violating the very restrictions they enthusiastically (and imperiously) imposed.

The behavior of doing what I say, not what I do among leaders has gotten so bad that the Heritage Foundation has created a COVID hypocrisy tracker – chronicling, so far, 82 incidents in which leaders were deer in the headlights caught in the act of trampling their own words.

One of the most notorious, of course, is California Governor Gavin Newsom, who was rightly savage after attending a lavish lobbyist’s birthday party despite restrictions last November at Tony French Laundry restaurant. . The duplicity helped fuel the failed recall effort against him.

Oddly enough, the deaf San Francisco Mayor London Breed attended a party at the French Laundry the following evening. And last Wednesday, one headline says, the maskless mayor “hung out with legendary Bay Area musicians at an indoor jazz club.” No word if Marie-Antoinette was seen on the dance floor.

Just hours after she voted to ban such a thing, Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl was seen eating out in Santa Monica. San José Mayor Sam Liccardo enjoyed a family Thanksgiving, which is good, but included members of five households. Such gatherings were then limited to people from three different households. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock advised citizens to “Skip the potatoes, not COVID.” … Avoid travel. He then went to Mississippi for an old-fashioned family Thanksgiving.

Amid a deep freeze and power outages last February, Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz flew to Cancun – after mocking Austin mayor Steve Adler for recording a home care message to voters in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

To a much lesser extent, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas was embarrassed, and then regretted, that his “politeness undermined our important public health message” when he posed for a photo in a group of Unmasked admirers at Lake of the Ozarks in the summer of 2020. You know what? I think he was just polite. But see pandemic rule # 1.

Does all of this mean that a local restaurant should be allowed to violate Jackson County’s mask mandate just because Arrowhead was open for business at near capacity? Of course not.

But it looks and it’s stupid. And that doesn’t help the credibility of COVID precautions.

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Restaurants

Notice: There is no recovery without restaurants


Ninfa’s is an institution in Houston. It was founded by Ninfa Laurenzo, a Mexican-American woman widely recognized for popularizing fajita in Houston, nearly half a century ago. I love the restaurant and am proud to have owned the Ninfa Mexican Restaurant Memorial for the past 26 years.

Obviously, during that time, we’ve had some ups and downs. But nothing could have prepared Ninfa’s, or anyone in the restaurant industry, for the COVID-19 pandemic. While more than 10,000 Texas restaurants have closed since the start of the pandemic, we have been fortunate to continue to take out after the temporary shutdown. The church next to our facility has included us on their Facebook prayer list, praying that we will survive the pandemic.

Many people believe that the restaurant industry has already recovered, or at least is on the right track, thanks to Paycheck Protection Program loans. But this is not the case.

The PPP was a tourniquet meant to stop the bleeding before it was too late to recover. What could finally get us out of intensive care is the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, which aims to provide much-needed grants to restaurants to get back on track. But in order to do this, it must be replenished.

Like most restaurants, Ninfa’s operates with very low margins. The impact of COVID-19 on the supply chain has driven up the cost of almost everything. The beef we used to buy at $ 6 a pound is now $ 13. Tequila is in serious shortage because there are not enough glass bottles. Other operating costs are also increasing. Relief for restaurants cannot come quickly enough.

That’s why Congress approved nearly $ 30 billion in Small Business Administration grants to food and beverage companies through the RRF. To ensure that historically underserved businesses have access to assistance, businesses owned by women, veterans and minorities have been given priority request status for a 21-day exclusivity period.

I applied for an RRF grant on May 3, the same day the application portal opened. After testing my banking information to make sure I was using a valid business operating account, the SBA approved my request. I thought that meant we were going to start thriving again, and I could reward the loyal staff – some of whom have been with Ninfa for over 20 years – for sticking with us when we could barely make the payroll.

Then things stalled. The loan we were promised never arrived, and I found out that the RRF was closed because a lawsuit had been filed in response to the priority status given to women, veterans and businesses owned. to minorities. We wouldn’t get the loan we were promised, and we were back where we started – in limbo.

Unfortunately, we are not the only ones in this impossible position. SBA data confirms that more than 12,000 eligible Texan restaurants that applied for an RRF grant did not receive the funding they were counting on before the program ran out of cash. Nationally, the figure is over 177,000.

With the rapid spread of the delta variant, restaurants and the economy are not yet out of the woods. Once again, there are new protocols for navigating and a growing anxiety that threatens our recovery. It takes a lot of time and money to keep up with the changing rules – money restaurants and bars don’t have to spare.

Fortunately, some senators want to replenish the RRF and give the restaurants the funds that have been promised to us. US Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine sent a letter to Senate leadership asking them to “propose legislation that provides additional funding to the RRF to meet the exceptional demand for the program” to ensure restaurants “have the resources they need to stay solvent. And “facilitate rapid economic recovery”.

I couldn’t agree more. Until this industry gets back on track, there will be no recovery. I urge readers to encourage their lawmakers to replenish the RRF and keep the promises the SBA has made to small American businesses like Ninfa.

Sanei has owned Mexican restaurant Ninfa’s Memorial in Houston since 1995.


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Nightclubs

London’s Egg nightclub says it lost £ 20,000 a night in 18 months of COVID lockdown


For 18 months, London’s iconic Egg Nightclub has been closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Hans Christian Hess, the managing director of Egg, has now revealed that each night it is closed costs the nightclub £ 20,000.

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As reported by Mix Mag, Hans said: “We have been closed for 18 months and it has been really difficult. Brexit with COVID has certainly been a problem. The bills add up and the authorities don’t help with guidelines and restrictions. It has been a nightmare.

While the nightclubs were allowed to reopen earlier this year on July 19, they nevertheless faced additional challenges, including the “pingdemia” later in the month. More than 700,000 people have been asked by the NHS to self-isolate after coming into close contact with someone who recently tested positive.

This inevitably affected Egg’s reopening weekends, but Hans has since implemented security measures to protect clubbers. These precautions include requiring a negative COVID-19 test result and temperature checks before entering, as well as equipping premises with hand sanitizers, properly ventilated air conditioning and heavy-duty hand dryers. to COVID.

“Were happy. We were pretty busy. People came down and the vibe was really good. We had a lot of young people, which is really good for the younger generation and for those who have never known life. night before, ”he said.

However, the recent introduction by the UK government of vaccine passports could prove to be another hurdle for Egg, and Hans has expressed apprehension over the new measure which will require full proof of vaccination from aspiring clubbers.

“It will be really difficult for us. I feel a bit apprehensive, ”said Hans. MyLondon “I hope we will continue to negotiate, but we are just trying to take it step by step.”

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‘We lost £ 20,000 every night we closed in lockdown’: London nightclub manager now fears impact of Covid passports


The Covid-19 pandemic has had a ‘devastating’ impact on the UK nightlife industry, a parliamentary inquiry concluded in February – with nightclubs being the hardest hit.

Sites had to lay off more than half of their workforce and, in the second half of 2020, traded only 20% of their pre-Covid annualized revenue.

Despite these grim figures, the sector woke up slightly on “Freedom Day” after more than a year of forced hibernation and attempted to get back on its feet.

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But without urgent government support, the investigation warned that many nightlife businesses were threatened with extinction.

This would lead to urban centers being “ghost towns” and a broader economic recovery, as the industry contributes £ 66 billion a year to the UK economy, the Night Time Industries Association has estimated.

Egg London Nightclub, on York Way in King’s Cross, is one of the capital’s most famous venues and has been hosting dance parties all night long at its warehouse-style club since 2003.

Yet that in no way made him immune to the effects of the pandemic.



Egg introduced mandatory coronavirus testing before club entry

Managing Director Hans Christian Hess held various positions at Egg for 17 years. While the club is typically open five evenings a week, he predicted they lost £ 20,000 a night which they had to close during closings.

He said: “We have been closed for 18 months and it has been really difficult. Brexit with Covid has definitely been a problem. The bills add up and the authorities don’t help with guidelines and restrictions. It has been a nightmare. “

He gave specific examples of a shortage of staff and taxi drivers transporting revelers to and from the venue – both due to workers returning to the EU. He also cited the “pingdemia” as having had a big impact in preventing clubbers from attending.



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Since reopening on July 19, Egg has implemented a system requiring a negative test result for the coronavirus before entering, which Hans says “works very well.”

They have also introduced plenty of hand sanitizers, air conditioning for proper ventilation, new Covid-resistant hand dryers and door temperature controls, as well as training for staff on the Covid protocol. Apparently, they haven’t had any issues with the spikes in infections so far.

Hans commented: “We are happy. We’ve been pretty busy. People came down and the atmosphere was really good.

“We had a lot of young people, which is really good for the younger generation and those who have never experienced nightlife before.”



The sites are desperately trying to stay afloat and give revelers a fun night out
The sites are desperately trying to stay afloat and give revelers a fun night out

But the government recently announced it will move forward with the introduction of mandatory Covid-19 passports, meaning participants will need to provide proof of being fully vaccinated before being allowed into clubs. .

Michael Kill, CEO of the Night Time Industries Association, said this “is disappointing because it will cripple the industry.”

He added: “These political decisions will have a catastrophic impact on people’s livelihoods and careers. “

Apparently, the announcement “aroused the anger and frustration of operators across the country.”

Hans agrees: “It will be really difficult for us. I’m a little apprehensive. “

Instead, his point of view was, “Let people have freedom. We have to learn to live with it because we still need to trade. “

In the meantime, Hans remarked: “I hope we will continue to negotiate, but we are just trying to take it step by step. You can’t plan for the future when you don’t know what’s going to happen next.

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Cafes

Cafe owner accused of not wearing a mask not allowed to appear in court for refusing to wear a mask

South East Queensland cafe owner arrested after she and her staff allegedly refused police instructions to wear masks, was unable to attend her hearing in person because she did not want to put on a mask .

Sarah Parsons, 38, was scheduled to appear in Maroochydore Magistrates’ Court this morning for a ticket, but appeared by phone after security refused to let her into the courthouse.

Ms Parsons told the court it was not her decision not to attend in person.

Magistrate Haydn Sjernqvist adjourned the case to September 13 and told the court her reluctance to wear a mask would not be accepted as an excuse.

“You won’t get anything on the 13th if you don’t go up to the first floor and talk to the prosecutor.

“And that may require you to wear a mask like everyone else, when entering the building. Do you understand?

New Earth Cafe owner Sarah Parsons has been charged after allegedly saying that neither she nor her staff would wear masks despite instructions from police.(

Instagram: New Earth Café

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Ms Parsons told the court she was seeking legal advice and would ask the prosecution for the full record of evidence, including “copies of all camera footage worn on the body,” as well as additional time for them. examine.

How the owner of the cafe ended up in court

Police said officers went to the New Earth Cafe in Coolum three times to ask Ms Parsons and her staff to wear masks.

It was alleged that Ninderry’s wife refused every request and became verbally abusive towards the officers.

In a video released shortly after her arrest, Ms Parsons said she and all staff at her cafe had health issues and were exempt from wearing masks.

The exterior of a cafe
The owner and staff of the New Earth Cafe in Coolum have reportedly refused to wear face masks.(

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The business owner was fined $ 1,378 at the time for failing to comply with a COVID-19 health directive and a 34-year-old staff member was fined $ 206 for not wearing a mask.

In footage released by Queensland Police, officers at the cafe can be heard saying the compliance visits were prompted by public complaints.

“I understand you all have exemptions here?” The officer can be heard saying.

The officer can also be heard saying on the video that “under the Health Act, staff are not allowed to serve customers unless they wear a mask.”

The maximum penalty for summoning directives is $ 5,514.

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Modern Meat Partners with Real Vison to Produce Performance Bars and Plant-Based Meal Kits for High Performance Cognitive Athletes, Students and High Tension Mental Activities

Modern Meat Partners with Real Vison to Produce Performance Bars and Plant-Based Meal Kits for High Performance Cognitive Athletes, Students and High Tension Mental Activities


VANCOUVER, BC, August 25, 2021 / CNW / – Modern Plant-Based Foods Inc., (CSE: MEAT) (“Modern Plant-Based Foods”) or (the “Company”), an award-winning plant-based food company, is pleased to announce that its meat alternatives brand, Modern Meat, has entered into a partnership agreement with Real Vision Foods, LLC (“Real Vision”), a natural food manufacturer capable of producing and distributing high volumes of Modern Meat’s proprietary herbal bars and meals for high performance cognitive athletes.

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Real Vision creates products with exceptional taste and nutritional density through a selective supply of biodiverse ingredients, which has a positive social, economic and environmental impact throughout the supply chain. Its management team has over 100 years of experience working with companies such as General Mills, Pepsi and Yum Restaurants. Managers have supplied over 250 different storage units to the retail, mass merchandise and club store supply chain, with branded and private label applications in United States and Canada.

“Currently on the market, there are many food and supplement choices available for athletes involved in physical activities that promote muscle growth, recovery and endurance. However, we have identified a gap in the market. We recognize that the diet of high performance cognitive athletes should be similar to that of other competitive athletes, but they also require additional nutrients, which will increase circulation to the brain. by maintaining the blood sugar level of the body ”, explains Tara Haddad, Founder and CEO of Modern Plant-Based Foods.

A recent study has shown that the amount of cortisol produced by a cognitive athlete is about the same as that of a racing car driver, this combined with a high pulse sometimes as high as 160 to 180 beats per minute, which is equivalent to what happens in a very fast race, almost a marathon. In turn, opinion has shown that contemporary sports are just as demanding as most other types of sports, if not more demanding.

“We are committing to a time when herbal alternatives are a priority for many consumers. The size of the global dietary supplements market has been estimated to be $ 140.36 billion in 2020 and should reach $ 151.85 billion in 2021 with sustained growth trends leading to herbal alternatives. We have already identified suitors and potential customers for these nutritious plant-based bars and meals and discussions are underway to ensure scalability and wide distribution. This joint venture with Real Vision will be effective immediately and plans to roll out products through e-commerce and retail by the end of the year, ”Tara said.

About modern plant-based foods

Modern Plant-Based Foods is a Canadian food company based in Vancouver, British Columbia, which offers a portfolio of plant-based products, including meat and dairy-free alternatives, soups and vegan snacks. Our products are available in select restaurants and retailers across Canada including our own modern wellness bars located in Vancouver. We take a holistic approach to plant-based life and understand the importance of providing nutritious and sustainable alternatives to consumers without sacrificing taste. We want people to feel good about the food they eat, which is why we deliberately choose ingredients that are soy, gluten, nut and GMO free.

Our mission is to change the way food is produced and consumed for the benefit of people, animals and the environment by using natural, plant-based ingredients.

Caution regarding forward-looking information

This press release includes certain “forward-looking statements” and “forward-looking information” under applicable Canadian securities laws that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results, performance, prospects and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements contained in this press release include, without limitation, statements regarding: the Company and the business and prospects of the Company; the objectives, goals or future plans of the Company; the Company’s sales growth, planned expansion, brand awareness of the Company, increased market penetration and distribution, as well as the Company’s business, operations, management and capitalization. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based on a number of estimates and assumptions which, while believed to be reasonable, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results and future events differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to: general business, economic and social uncertainties; the local and global market and economic uncertainties arising from the COVID-19 pandemic; litigation, availability of key product ingredients, legislative, environmental and other legal, regulatory, political and competitive developments; the ability to effectively expand manufacturing and production capacity; the ability to secure retail partners to distribute the company’s products, the success of market initiatives and the ability to grow brand awareness; the ability to attract, maintain and expand relationships with key strategic restoration and restoration partners; our ability to predict consumer taste preferences; delay or failure to receive regulatory approvals; the adequacy of our cash flow to meet liquidity needs; the additional risks set out in the Company’s public documents filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com; and other matters discussed in this press release. Accordingly, the forward-looking statements discussed in this press release may not occur and could differ materially due to such known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting the Company. Although the Company believes that the assumptions and factors used in the preparation of forward-looking statements are reasonable, one should not place undue reliance on such statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release, and no No guarantee can be given that these events will occur within the disclosed time frame or not at all. Except as required by law, the Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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In Memory of Mom: How an East Village Restaurant Owner Struggles to Keep Their Doors Open


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Since the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the time Vladimir Grinberg can be found walking around the Organic Grill on 123 First Ave. in the East Village, taking orders, cooking, seating customers and more in an attempt to keep her 21. – old business together amid the financial difficulties of the times.

Grinberg is worried about his future after losing many longtime clients throughout the deadly virus crisis, and potentially more of them due to the state’s new vaccine mandate. However, it was not always so.

A Russian Jewish immigrant, Grinberg traveled to New York City with the aim of disseminating healing herbal foods. However, it was not just a business venture, but rather a deeply personal ideal: a dedication to his beloved mother. As a young man, Grinberg discovered his mother was diagnosed with cancer and said he was given a grim prognosis.

“Twenty-eight years ago she fell ill very suddenly, we found out that she had a very advanced form of lymphoma,” Grinberg told amNewYork Metro.

With death appearing to be imminent, his mother decided to go to a retreat to teach a macrobiotic diet – a regiment that drastically limits animal fat – which Grinberg says was critical.

“I left home early, around 17, and joined the army because it was compulsory. So I decided to go with him and spend the time I had left. They hugged us from the start, but I was still skeptical because people get paid but we were on our last legs, ”said Grinberg.

In a monastery surrounded by dense Massachusetts forest, the retreat taught cooking, growing fruits and vegetables, and promoting food as a healing agent.

“It was very embarrassing for me, I heard it said several times that food was medicine, but it was very, very abstract for me. But I decided to be open and I spent a month there and I went vegan, ”said Grinberg, explaining that he had seen changes in his mother. “I don’t approve of it, but it has helped my family. My sister went vegan, it was a change that affected us all.

Whether it was food or the caring community, Grinberg credits the retreat for helping to extend his mother’s life. Veganism became such a big part of his mother’s life before she finally passed away, he decided to honor her memory by starting the Organic Grill in the year 2000, hoping to share the gift of health with others.

“When she passed away, we decided to open a vegan restaurant. If they eat here and don’t eat meat even one day a week, that’s great, ”Grinberg said.

After experiencing prejudice in his native Russia due to his Jewish background, he came to New York with big dreams.

The East Village welcomed Grinberg with open arms and for over two decades has served food in a neighborhood synonymous with avant-garde and alternative lifestyles with great success until the emergence of COVID- 19.

After being forced to shut down and sharing that he has lost much of his customer base, the health food advocate admitted he was considering shutting down for good.

“I love the neighborhood, it’s very down to earth but I didn’t think it would be that difficult. At first my wife and I thought about whether we should stay or whether we should close. We had a good journey for 20 years, should we continue? It was very hard. But we are stubborn people and we decided to prove our concept. To be honest, now we have to do it on our own and work five or six days a week. If I knew how difficult it would be I’m not sure I would continue, ”said Grinberg.

Yet he continued, and he still continues, feeling like he had to weather the storm. But he also believes the storm is endless thanks to a revolving door of rules and guidelines, the latest being the vaccine mandate requiring customers to receive the new coronavirus vaccine.

While Grinberg still holds both his mother’s memory and an ideal for spreading healthy eating, the longtime restaurant owner asked amNewYork Metro to share a message: he’s still here, he’s working hard and he hopes his customers and friends will return soon.


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KC MO wine bar joins others demanding proof of COVID-19 vaccine


With the increase in the Delta variant of the COVID-19 pandemic, the issue of mask mandates and requirements is once again a topic of discussion across much of the country.  A pedestrian walks past a discarded mask in downtown Kansas City.

With the increase in the Delta variant of the COVID-19 pandemic, the issue of mask mandates and requirements is once again a topic of discussion across much of the country. A pedestrian walks past a discarded mask in downtown Kansas City.

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Another Kansas City-area business requires customers to show they’ve been vaccinated for services as the area tries to weather another COVID-19 outbreak.

Big Mood Natural Wines, a wine bar in the city’s Crossroads neighborhood, announced on Instagram Wednesday that the company is making the decision in light of the continued spread of the delta variant in the community.

Visitors wishing to enter the store must now prove their vaccination by showing an official document or a photograph of one of them, the company said. Those unable to provide proof or unable to receive the vaccine will be asked to sit outside and wear a mask when speaking with the waiters.

The wine bar joins others in Kansas City who have recently started requiring proof of good faith vaccination. A handful of bars and restaurants adopted similar rules on Monday, when the city’s last mask term took effect.

The delta variant has been the main driver of new cases in the metro area as well as the country in recent times. The Kansas City metro area recorded 1,000 new cases in a single day for the first time since January on Wednesday.

Hospitalizations and deaths are also on the rise. And emergency rooms are so crowded that some hospitals have started asking people not to go to the emergency room unless they have a serious medical emergency.

In response to the outbreak, Kansas City reinstated a mask mandate that applies to anyone over the age of 5, regardless of their immunization status. Everyone is expected to wear masks in indoor public spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained.

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OUR ADVICE: Continue to be patient with restaurants during times of job shortages and other COVID-19 issues – LaGrange Daily News


A a few months ago, we wrote an op-ed asking the public to be generous and understanding when going out to eat or shopping in a retail store. For whatever reason, hiring for these types of jobs has been a real challenge in recent months as we come out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We updated the hiring challenges over the weekend, and while it seems to have improved for some, others are still struggling to find reliable employees who can do a good job.

With that in mind, we encourage you to continue to insist on patience when you are on the move. These retail and restaurant positions are all essential jobs that often have low wages and long lines of customers to deal with. And unfortunately, some of these customers are impatient, don’t understand, and are in a bad mood.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

Everyone hates standing in line or looking for a waiter who has seemingly disappeared at a restaurant, but it’s not the most important thing that happens in our lives, either. It’s a little speed bump during the day, and hopefully that’s how you see it, especially now when these companies are struggling to find good workers.

For example, many waiters can help more tables than normal right now, so keep that in mind if your sweet tea glass has been empty for an extended period of time.

There is also another way to help.

Not only should you keep going to your favorite restaurants and stores as a sign of support, but also keep all available positions in mind. Often the best way to find out about a vacancy is by word of mouth, and people often appreciate what their friends and family have to say.

It’s much nicer than an Indeed or Monster job posting. If you know someone who might be a good fit for you, tell them about the job.

We value everyone in these industries because they provide an essential service and give us an outlet when we are away from work or spending time with family. Keep this in mind when shopping or dining out.


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BrewDog Suffers £ 13million Loss as Bars Close Amid Craft Beer Boom | Food industry

BrewDog Suffers £ 13million Loss as Bars Close Amid Craft Beer Boom |  Food industry


BrewDog swung into the red last year as booming sales of its craft beers online during closures from the Covid-19 pandemic failed to offset the impact of bar closings.

The Aberdeenshire-based company suffered a pre-tax loss of £ 13.1million in 2020.

And this despite a turnover of 238 million pounds for the year, 10% more than in 2019.

BrewDog co-founder James Watt called the increase in revenues over the year “the biggest achievement in our short history” for the company, founded in 2007 and backed by 130,000 small shareholders, with its beer now stocked in bars and supermarkets.

After the pandemic closed hospitality venues in much of the world, BrewDog switched to selling its beers through its online store. Thirsty customers boosted its e-commerce revenue by 900% compared to 2019, with 750,000 orders shipped in 12 months.

BrewDog called its online store “one of the most important divisions of all of our global business” in 2020, and continued to roll out its e-commerce platform in Europe, the United States and in Australia.

Before the pandemic took hold, the brewer expected to achieve 40% of its turnover in more than 100 bars, located around the world, from Sheffield to Shanghai and from Berlin to Brisbane.

BrewDog, which employs 1,600 people worldwide, said the pandemic had not dented its plans to continue opening more locations. She is working on 30 new locations – including bars and hotels – in cities like Manchester, Mumbai and Milan.

The company, which switched to making hand sanitizer at its Aberdeenshire distillery in the early weeks of the pandemic, said it produced 12,000 bottles for the NHS.

Watt called 2020 “without a doubt the most difficult year in our 13-year history”. He said the company team “galvanized by the fire and adversity of the past nine months, is also stronger than it has ever been.”

It comes just weeks after BrewDog apologized to former employees who accused Watt and the company in an open letter of fostering a “culture of fear” in which workers were harassed and “treated like objects” .

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In the open letter posted on Twitter, 61 former workers alleged that the Scottish brewer’s dizzying and rapid growth involved cutting health and safety costs and creating a ‘toxic’ culture that left staff suffering from illness mental.

Watt posted an update earlier this month on the company’s response to claims by the group calling themselves Punks with Purpose. He said the firm launched an independent culture review within BrewDog, sent an anonymous survey to staff and pledged to create a group of employee representatives.

BrewDog said a structural review showed the company was “underfunded in some areas” after growing beer volumes and is hiring around 100 new employees.


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Northern Colorado, Boulder Valley restaurants and bars received over $ 100 million in COVID-19 relief – BizWest


Of the nearly $ 500 million Restaurant Revitalization Fund grants to Colorado restaurants, bars and food trucks during the COVID-19 pandemic, more than a fifth went to establishments in northern Colorado and from the Boulder Valley.

Restaurants and watering holes in Boulder, Broomfield, Weld and Larimer counties have accounted for more than $ 111 million in funding, according to an analysis of data provided by the office of US Senator John Hickenlooper.

“Restaurants are the heart of our communities and many in Colorado were in dire straits during the pandemic,” the first-year Democratic lawmaker said in a prepared statement. “These grants will help keep many doors open and restaurant workers at work.”

The main recipients of funding, from the American Rescue Plan, in the region were Mission Yogurt Inc., a Westminster KFC franchisor, and The Kitchen Cafe LLC, a Boulder-based restaurant chain co-owned by Kimball Musk. Each received $ 10 million.

In total, 15 companies received more than $ 1 million. The groups include the operators of well-known establishments such as Frasca Food and Wine (nearly $ 2 million), Larkburger ($ 2.8 million) and the Walnut Restaurant Group Inc. (nearly $ 3.1 million). ), owner of a trio of closed Boulder restaurants The Med, Brasserie Ten Ten and Via Perla.

Of the cities with more than a few institutions that received grants, Boulder got the most funding at around $ 47 million. Fort Collins restaurants received about $ 20.4 million, followed by about $ 12.4 million in Westminster, $ 4.6 million in Loveland, $ 3.7 million in Longmont, $ 3.6 million in Broomfield, $ 2.55 million in Estes Park, $ 2.4 million in Louisville, $ 1.8 million in Lafayette and $ 1.7 million in Greeley.

A total of 1,762 Colorado restaurants, bars, brasseries, caterers, food trucks and more received $ 481,075,609 in grants. Over 400 of these establishments can be found in the Boulder Valley or northern Colorado.

Unlike the Paycheque Protection Program, grants awarded under the Restaurant Revitalization Fund program do not need to be repaid. The program provided up to $ 5 million in available grants per restaurant location, or $ 10 million per restaurant group, based on the total loss of revenue between 2019 and 2020, according to Hickenlooper’s office.

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Of the nearly $ 500 million Restaurant Revitalization Fund grants to Colorado restaurants, bars and food trucks during the COVID-19 pandemic, more than a fifth went to establishments in northern Colorado and from the Boulder Valley.

Restaurants and watering holes in Boulder, Broomfield, Weld and Larimer counties have accounted for more than $ 111 million in funding, according to an analysis of data provided by the office of US Senator John Hickenlooper.

“Restaurants are the heart of our communities and many in Colorado were in dire straits during the pandemic,” the first-year Democratic lawmaker said in a prepared statement. “These grants will help keep many doors open and restaurant workers at work.”

The main recipients of funding, from the American Rescue Plan, in the region were Mission Yogurt Inc., a Westminster KFC franchisor, and The Kitchen Cafe LLC, a Boulder-based restaurant chain co-owned by Kimball Musk. Each received $ 10 million.

In total, 15 companies received more than $ 1 million. The groups include the operators of well-known establishments such as Frasca Food and Wine (nearly $ 2 million), Larkburger ($ 2.8 million) and the Walnut Restaurant Group Inc. (nearly $ 3.1 million). ), owner of a trio of closed Boulder restaurants The Med, Brasserie Ten Ten and Via Perla.

Of the cities with more than a few institutions that received grants, Boulder got the most funding at around $ 47 million. Fort Collins restaurants got about $ 20.4 million, followed by about $ 12.4 million in Westminster, $ 4.6 million in Loveland, $ 3.7 million in Longmont, $ 3.6 million $ 2.55 million to Broomfield, $ 2.55 million to …


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Infectious nightclubs: Covid epidemics serve as a risk alert | Coronavirus

Infectious nightclubs: Covid epidemics serve as a risk alert |  Coronavirus


They only wanted to have fun on the sunny coast of Sardinia last summer after a difficult two-month lockdown. But instead, young Italians who had frequented nightclubs returned home either with Covid-19 or laden with feelings of guilt, regret or anger at the authorities.

Nightclubs, including venues Spain, France, the United Kingdom, Austria and Thailand, have triggered coronavirus epidemics since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

A vacationer, Martina, returning from a break on the island, wrote in a letter published by Corriere della Sera at the end of August 2020: “For an evening in a nightclub, I infected my whole family. My father is fighting for his life.

Francesco, a 21-year-old man from Rome who also caught the coronavirus after clubbing in Sardinia, told Il Giornale: ‘They told us we could go to clubs and whatever we had to do was to wear a face mask. We followed the rules… obviously we, in our twenties, couldn’t wait for our social lives to resume. But please don’t blame us if infections increase. “

Nightclubs were also a key factor in last year’s large coronavirus outbreak in the Austrian ski resort of Ischgl.

A few months later, there was an epidemic linked to Seoul’s nightclub district, triggering condemnation of gay clubbers.

More recently, Bangkok authorities closed 196 nightlife spots amid a coronavirus resurgence.

Yet while some governments have been reluctant to reopen clubs, others have allowed such venues to open. In the UK, where new Covid infections have averaged around 50,000 a day, nightclubs reopened on Monday for the first time in 17 months.

People who visit clubs in England are not required by law to wear face covers or maintain social distancing, despite a study in early June showing that nearly three-quarters of coronavirus cases among Cambridge University students last fall were attributed to a single nightclub.

Although Boris Johnson’s government is now considering banning people from entering nightclubs or other high-traffic places unless they are fully vaccinated, the measure will not come into effect for two months. September.

In Italy, scared by the epidemics of last summer that are believed to have contributed to the country’s second wave of Covid-19, which began in early fall 2020, the government is expected to announce a reopening date this week but with the obligation for clubbers to be fully vaccinated.

While nightclub outbreaks have been equally severe in other Italian vacation spots, Sardinia, which until August was relatively Covid-free, has been in the spotlight due to the contagion that has spread. produced in Billionaire, the place of the Costa Smeralda belonging to the former Formula One boss Flavio Briatore. The nightclub now faces charges of “epidemic neglect”.

Briatore was admitted to Milan hospital at the end of August after being infected, as was his friend Silvio Berlusconi, former Italian prime minister. Berlusconi was confirmed to have the coronavirus in early September, shortly after returning from his villa on the Costa Smeralda. The 84-year-old was photographed with Briatore outside his holiday home in Sardinia; neither wore face masks.

Covid-19 infections among footballers, celebrities and other clubbers have also been attributed to Billionaire. Two other Sardinian nightclubs, Phi Beach and Country Club, have been charged with negligence after failing to properly protect staff.

Walter Ricciardi, scientific adviser to Italy’s health ministry, said in July that nightclubs were “particularly dangerous environments” for the spread of the virus. “It only takes a few seconds to get infected. Nightclubs should only open under very strict controls with access allowed only to those who are vaccinated, who have previously had Covid-19, or who test negative. “

But after last summer, some young Italians are not so desperate to return to a nightclub.

“It really scared me,” said Francesco, who, along with his girlfriend, tested positive after a holiday in Sardinia. “We only went to the outdoor bars [on the Costa Smeralda] and I don’t know exactly how we got the coronavirus because the friends we were with didn’t get it. But one thing is certain, I avoid nightlife places.


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Owner of Perfect Provenance, Café 47 in Greenwich makes a “very difficult decision” to close its doors

GREENWICH – Luxury store Perfect Provenance and adjoining restaurant Cafe 47 will close in August, owner Lisa Lori announced on Monday.

“It was a very, very difficult decision,” Lori said in her store, hours after sending a letter to customers announcing the closure. “I poured my heart into this building, into the team here. I have a lot of friends here. And I like it.”

Before Lori returned to her native California two years ago, she said she had lived in Greenwich for 16 years. She had opened the Arch Street restaurant and retail establishment in 2016. Lori also recently opened two additional locations on the West Coast, one in Tiburon, Calif., Where she lives, and the other in Napa. .


When she first moved, she said she was able to return to Greenwich on a regular basis to oversee Perfect Provenance and Cafe 47, even as she opened her additional locations. But the COVID-19 pandemic has restricted her travel and created a logistical problem, she said.


“I have an amazing team and we pivoted very quickly (during the pandemic), but anyone can tell you this last year has been very difficult,” said Lori. “And then when we decided to open these other locations, it became apparent that the smart thing to do was live there and have your headquarters there. From a logistical point of view, it was very difficult to manage remotely.

But more than just logistical challenges, the business was also affected during the pandemic, she said. The restaurant, ironically, increased its sales during COVID-19, according to Lori. But retail took a hit, although Perfect Provenance never closed, even when the storefront was not open to the public, she said.

“Retail was really down because people weren’t going out a lot,” Lori said. “Even though they went out to eat, they weren’t buying new clothes. Fashion in all areas was on the decline ”during the coronavirus crisis, with people staying more at home.

The luxury boutique sells clothing and accessories for women and men, as well as interior decoration, and will offer sales in the weeks leading up to the end of its activities. Lori said the restaurant will close on August 9. The store will follow on August 15th.

“It was a really, really united community and that’s why it pains me so much,” said Lori. “I really believe in the store concept. I believe in having businesses that are unusual and different. And I think that’s what we were.


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UK nightclubs require proof of vaccination


By Andrew MacAskill | Reuters

LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday that English nightclubs and other high-traffic venues will require customers to show full proof of vaccination from the end of September.

Clubbers flocked to the first unrestricted live music events on Monday since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The government has reopened nightclubs and abandoned almost all coronavirus measures in England in the bet that mass vaccinations will prevent another deadly wave of COVID-19.

But later in the day, Johnson announced that people who were not fully vaccinated, including those who had not received the two doses of the two-dose vaccines, would be excluded from nightclubs.

The move follows major outbreaks linked to nightclubs in other countries like the Netherlands and Israel, where authorities have been forced to shut them down again.

“I can now mean that by the end of September, when everyone over 18 has had a chance to be double bitten, we plan to make full vaccination the condition of entry to nightclubs and other places where large crowds are gathering, ”Johnson said at a press conference.

“Proof of a negative test will no longer suffice.”

Britain’s chief science adviser Patrick Vallance said nightclubs and other closed places could be “potentially super-prevalent events” due to the crowds in close contact.

“I would expect that with the opening of nightclubs, we will continue to see an increase in cases, and we will also see outbreaks linked to specific nightclubs,” he said.

Johnson said the government is not planning similar requirements for pubs. “I certainly don’t want to see passports for pubs,” he said.


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Transcontinental Inc. Announces Private Offering of $ 250 Million Senior Unsecured Notes

MONTREAL, July 07, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Transcontinental inc. (TSX: TCL.A TCL.B) announced today that it has made an offer of $ 250 million in aggregate face value of 2.28% senior unsecured notes due in July 2026 (“the Notes”).

The bonds are being issued through an agency consortium consisting of BMO Capital Markets Inc., CIBC World Markets Inc., Scotia Capital Inc. as Joint Bookrunners and including Desjardins Securities Inc., National Bank Financial Inc., TD Securities Inc. and Casgrain & Limited Company Liability.

The offering is expected to end on or about July 12, 2021, subject to customary closing conditions. Transcontinental Inc. intends to use the net proceeds of the offering to repay existing debt, including the November 1st tranche of the term loansNS, 2021, and other general corporate purposes.

“The bond offer announced today will provide the company with additional financial flexibility to implement its growth strategy. The current environment, supported by a strong balance sheet, offers the company the opportunity to secure financing at an attractive level,” said Donald LeCavalier, Chief Financial Officer of Transcontinental Inc.

The Notes are direct unsecured debt of Transcontinental Inc. and will rank pari passu with all other unsecured and unsubordinated debt of Transcontinental Inc. The Notes are being offered in Canada in a private placement in reliance on exemptions from the prospectus requirements under applicable securities legislation.

The Notes have not been and will not be approved for sale to the public under applicable securities laws in Canada and accordingly all offers and sales of the Notes in Canada are made on a basis that is exempt from the prospectus requirements of such securities laws. The Notes have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “US Securities Act”) or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction and may not be offered or sold in the United States in the absence of registration under the US Securities Act or any applicable exemption from registration requirements under the US Securities Act. This press release constitutes neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy, nor may there be an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the Notes in any jurisdiction in which this is unlawful.

About TC Transcontinental

TC Transcontinental is a leader in flexible packaging in North America and Canada’s largest printing company. The company is also Canada’s leading publishing group for French-speaking educational institutions. For over 45 years, TC Transcontinental’s mission has been to develop high quality products and services that enable companies to attract, reach and retain their target customers.

Respect, teamwork, performance and innovation are the strong values ​​of the company and its employees. TC Transcontinental’s commitment to its stakeholders is to conduct its business in a responsible manner.

Transcontinental Inc. (TSX: TCL.A TCL.B), known as TC Transcontinental, has nearly 8,000 employees, most of whom are based in Canada, the United States, and Latin America. TC Transcontinental achieved sales of approximately CAD 2.6 billion in the fiscal year ended October 25, 2020. For more information, please visit the TC Transcontinental website at www.tc.tc.

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Unless otherwise specified by the company, forward-looking statements do not take into account the potential effects of one-time or other unusual events, or any disposal, business combination, merger or acquisition announced or entered into after the date of July November 2021. The forward-looking statements in this press release are made in accordance with the “Safe Harbor” provisions of applicable Canadian securities laws. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based on current expectations and information available as of July 7, 2021. Such forward-looking information may also be found in other documents filed with Canadian securities regulators or in other communications. Management of the company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise these statements unless the securities authorities request otherwise.

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Eatery Business

The demand for educational loans is increasing amid the Covid crisis

FinTech companies like GyanDhan support students in financing their training abroad.

Rising costs make it more difficult for parents to invest in their children’s education, even though “investments in education bring the best interest”. An MBA from ISB will set you back Rs 40 lakh in 2021, which would have been Rs 26 lakh in 2016. A similar increase can be seen in the cost of education in the United States. Harvard University billed its international students $ 60,659 as tuition fees in 2016, up to $ 76,479 for the 2021-22 academic year. As a parent, financing your child’s college education becomes easier with educational loans.

When we record the history of education loans in India, the data convey a simple truth: Despite rising education costs, the number of education loans is falling. The number of approved educational loans has steadily declined since the end of 2016. There are many reasons for this decline. To name just a few – first the demonetization, then the steadily increasing volume distressed assets (NPA) and most recently the Covid-19 pandemic. But it’s the NPAs who also take the cake and the cherry. The NPA on student loans is much higher than any other segment.

Lenders came up with a unique solution to this puzzle – throttling low-value loans and sanctioning large loans. It notes that pre-pandemic world education loans had shrunk nearly 25 percent by 2019. The number of loans granted was 3.34 lakh in 2015, while the number of loans granted was only 2.5 lakh in 2019 – a drastic decrease in the number of students benefiting from educational loans. But where the number of loans has decreased, the value of the loan has increased. In the 2019 financial year, the total loan amount disbursed is Rs. 22,550 crore, while the total loan amount disbursed in the 2016 financial year is Rs. 16,800 crore – an astonishing 32 percent increase in the loan amount disbursed. This is an indication that banks are no longer playing the volume game. The focus has shifted to sanctioning high-value loans; It’s a value game now.

These numbers are an indication of the pre-pandemic scenario. Demand for educational loans hit a new high during the pandemic as people rushed to enroll in a short-term continuing education course or move up to an executive course. In addition to domestic continuing education, the number of applications for foreign universities also rose by 35 percent. Demand has certainly increased during the Covid-19 pandemic, but payouts remain on the lower side, with only Rs 11,000 billion paid out in the 12 months to September 2020.

‘Model Education Loan Scheme’, formulated by the IBA, requires banks to offer security-free education loans under Rs 7.5 lakh. The IBA has provided lenders with comprehensive guidelines that give them the flexibility to offer different educational loan products to the customer. However, banks grant these affordable education loans without questioning the applicants’ financial performance and future employability. The lack of employability, combined with the fact that these are low entry price unsecured loans with no fear of ownership, add more to the rise in NPA. While loans with a value over Rs 4 lakh require a guarantor and loans over Rs 7.5 lakh require a collateral. A student who defaults on a secured education loan runs the risk of losing collateral and therefore thinks twice before going bankrupt. As of December 31, 2021, 9.55 percent of education loans issued by public banks were considered NPAs. Since unsecured, low-entry education loans make a larger contribution to increasing NPAs, banks have switched to high-entry secured education loans. This shift did two things in particular: first, it affected the low-income segment of society and created an educational gap, and second, it created space for EdTech companies to fill the void that traditional lenders could not.

The Indian government has launched various interest subsidy programs that have helped ease the financial burden on the low-income population and encourage lenders to provide educational loans, such as: B. the Central Sector Interest Subsidy System. Although there are some features of this system that need improvement, such as the limit on loan amounts, it is still a step in the right direction. Banks will also have to make adjustments and follow a model of granting educational loans based on factors such as future student earning potential, the ranking of the college and degree program, and the financial strength of parents. Non-banking finance companies (NBFC) already take these elements into account and have lower NPA rates. Another solution to increasing the number and value of educational loans is through risk-based pricing. Not every student leaves an NBFC with the same interest rate. The interest rates are based on the risk the lender takes. But a student with excellent academic performance can get an even lower rate of interest. Although the risk of an asset deteriorating is never zero, taking these factors into account reduces the risk and helps in assessing the student’s creditworthiness.

With increasing digitization, new educational technologies and EduFinance, companies have emerged that serve areas that were previously ignored. These EdTech companies and startups focus on the smaller segments of the market and fund short-term training courses and programs that have been vetted by traditional lenders such as banks and NBFCs. They have launched pilot programs providing zero EMI loans while working with banks and NBFCs to streamline the loan mechanisms to serve both the student and the lender more efficiently. It’s still in its early stages but has shown commendable performance and promise. GyanDhan, a FinTech startup, ventured into the domestic market after helping students fund their education abroad. Her focus is on giving students the opportunity to continue their education without having to pay large sums of money at once. Another digital non-banking company, Eduvanz, has so far paid out Rs.300 billion in loans to students to fund their school fees, college fees, and professionals attending continuing education courses. Propelld, a digital lending startup, has partnered with various financial institutions and NBFCs to offer bespoke educational loan products for students for professional courses. They aim to offer credit options to students with a low credit score or a nonexistent credit history.

With total educational credit worth a meager $ 14 billion in a sector that spends over $ 40 billion annually, the scope for growth is immense. While the current focus is on “sustainable consumer finance,” the future of education lies in employability-based finance solutions, including Income Share Agreements (ISA), a method used by several universities in the US, and development bonds in addition to traditional education loans . Almost 800 Purdue University students have received

$ 9.5 million in funding through Income Share Agreements. There are similar success stories from other US universities such as Clarkson University, University of Utah, which follow this model and help students finance their education. In the years to come, borrowers and lenders should also expect sachetization – the funding of small amounts for modules instead of courses – that will improve accessibility for the general public.

The author is founder, GyanDhan

DISCLAIMER: Views that are expressed are the author’s own views and Outlook Money does not necessarily subscribe to them. Outlook Money is not liable for any damage caused directly or indirectly to any person / organization.

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Eatery Business

$ 650 million home price agreement for two-tranche unsecured notes | Status

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, me., May 5, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Agree Realty Corporation (NYSE: ADC) (the “Company”) today announced that its operating partnership, Agree Limited Partnership (the “Operating Partnership”), is a public offering by $ 350 million of 2,000% senior unsecured notes maturing in 2028 (the “2028 Notes”) $ 300 million of 2.600% Senior Unsecured Notes due 2033 (the “2033 Notes” and together with the 2028 Notes the “Notes”). The public offering price for the 2028 bonds was 99.265% of face value with an effective yield to maturity of 2.112%, and the public offer price for the 2033 bonds was 99.136% of face value with an effective yield to maturity of 2.684%. . The Notes are senior unsecured obligations of the Operating Partnership and are guaranteed by the Company and certain of its subsidiary guarantors. This offer is expected to be closed May 14, 2021, subject to customary closing conditions being met.

The Company expects to use the net proceeds from this offering to repay outstanding amounts under its senior unsecured revolving credit facility and unsecured term loans, including accrued and unpaid interest, and to settle certain swap agreements, including swap termination costs simultaneously with or shortly after the conclusion of this offer. The remaining net proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes including financing property purchases and development activities.

“The pricing of our dual tranche issue demonstrates our continued ability to leverage the public bond market to strengthen our balance sheet and position Agree Realty for further growth,” said Simon Leopold, CFO. “This offering, combined with the anticipated prepayment of all of our unsecured term loans, extends our weighted average loan life to approximately 9 years while lowering our effective weighted average interest rate to approximately 3.2%, excluding the unsecured revolving credit facility.”

Citigroup, Wells Fargo Securities and PNC Capital Markets LLC acted as joint book-running managers for the offering. JP Morgan, Stifel, Capital One Securities, Mizuho Securities, Truist Securities and US Bancorp acted as co-managers for the offering.

A registration statement relating to the securities has been filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and is automatically effective upon filing with the SEC under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Before investing, you should read the prospectus in this registration statement and other documents that the issuer has filed with the SEC for more complete information about the issuer and this offering. You can obtain these documents free of charge by visiting EDGAR on the SEC website at www.sec.gov, or contact: Citigroup Global Markets Inc., c / o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, 800-831-9146 or email: [email protected]; or Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Attention: WFS Customer Service, 608 2nd Avenue South, Suite 1000, Minneapolis, MN 55402, at 800-645-3751 or email: [email protected].

The offer of the securities was made exclusively by means of a prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus, which are deposited with the SEC. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor will any sale of such securities be made in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale is unlawful prior to registration or qualification would be such a jurisdiction under securities laws.

About Agree Realty Corporation

Agree Realty Corporation is a publicly traded real estate investment trust that RETHINK SALE by acquiring and developing properties that have been let on a net basis to industry-leading omnichannel retail tenants. From March 31, 2021, owned and operated a portfolio of 1,213 properties in 46 states with gross lettable space of approximately 24.2 million square feet. The company’s common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “ADC”.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws, including statements about the terms and scope of the offering and the intended use of the proceeds from the offering, that reflect the company’s expectations and projections for the future. There can be no assurance that the offer described above will be concluded on the terms described or at all or that the net proceeds of the offer will be used as stated. While these forward-looking statements are based on good faith, reasonable assumption, and the company’s best judgment based on current information, you should not rely on forward-looking statements because they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may in some cases arise over which we have no control and which could materially affect the company’s results of operations, financial position, cash flows, performance or future performance or events. However, one of the most important factors right now is the potential negative impact of the current novel coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic on the financial condition, operating results, cash flows and performance of the company and its tenants. the real estate market as well as the global economy and financial markets. The extent of the impact of COVID-19 on the company and its tenants will depend on future developments that are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted with confidence, including the size, severity and duration of the pandemic, the measures taken to contain the Pandemic or to mitigate its effects, as well as the direct and indirect economic effects of the pandemic and containment measures, among others. In addition, investors are cautioned to interpret many of the risks identified in the Risk Factors discussed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the past year December 31, 2020 and other SEC filings as well as the risks listed below have increased as a result of the persistent and numerous negative effects of COVID-19. Other important factors that could cause actual results for the company to differ, among other things, are the general deterioration in national economic conditions, the slowdown in real estate markets, the decrease in credit availability, the rise in interest rates, negative changes in retail trade, persistent ability the company’s qualification as a REIT; and other factors discussed in the company’s SEC filings. Unless required by law, the company assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.

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Bars

Mobile is home to one of the last lesbian bars in the United States


In the middle of the shops along Government Boulevard in Mobile is a bar called “Herz”. It might not look like much on the outside, but it’s the patrons inside that make it a rarity among American bars.

Herz is a lesbian bar – according to one group, it’s the only lesbian bar in Alabama and one of less than two dozen still standing in the United States.

According to the Lesbian Bar Project, a group that aims to raise awareness of the dearth of lesbian bars across the country, there were approximately more than 200 lesbian bars in the United States in the 1980s. Several factors contributed to their rapid demise, but the project was founded following the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As we enter a post-pandemic era, we want to continue to highlight the unique challenges lesbian bars face as they seek not only to reopen, but to thrive,” said Erica Rose, Co-Director of The Lesbian Bar Project, in a press release. .

Herz was started in 2019 by Sheila and Rachel Smallman, a couple who just wanted to start a new business and fill a need for lesbians.

“I have been in law enforcement for several years,” Sheila said. “I just wanted a fresh start. Something new, something different.

Herz owners Rachel and Sheila Smallman pose for a portrait inside the bar. Herz is the only lesbian bar in Alabama, and one of many across the country.

There are already a handful of gay bars in Mobile, but Rachel points out that they aren’t always places designed to make lesbians feel at home.

“Even though we have such a large community here in Mobile, they’ve never had a hangout that they feel comfortable in because you can go to an average gay bar, and it’s kinda focused on men, ”Rachel said. “With (the LGBTQ + community) being so large with different types of people, having this place here where you can come and just be yourself, whoever you are, has been a real step forward for them. “

Despite the low numbers, the founders of Herz had no idea that there were so few lesbian bars when they decided to open. In fact, they admit, the Smallmans might not even have opened Herz if they knew how few there were.

“I think if I had known that when I came in I would have been worried,” Rachel said. “I’m so glad we didn’t know that when we walked in. Because we started to say, ‘Okay, it’s just a bar, you know. It’s a bar for us.

The Lesbian Bar Project, while recalling that their bar is one of the few, provided a support group for Sheila and Rachel. In fact, Rachel says all the other bar owners keep in touch with each other.

“We are all connected and it’s like a family. We have a chain message that has lasted since we met, ”she said. “It really brought us together, even nationally.

The project released a short documentary on June 3 featuring a few of the bars, including Herz, to start a dialogue about the remaining bars and raise awareness.

“Our aim is to tell the personal stories of lesbian bar owners, patrons and community activists who have worked tirelessly to save the sacred spaces of their local communities over the past year,” Elina Street, Co-Director of Lesbian Bar Project, said in a statement. “The documentary highlights their hopes for the future, but also looks back at the safe spaces that have influenced the queer community throughout history. “

Herz is one of the only lesbian bars in the South, and while some may see operating a space for LGBTQ + people in the conservative South as a challenge, the Smallmans see their strength in it.

“People admire southerners,” Rachel said. “When you get to Herz the first thing you get is a ‘Hey, how are you? And the next thing you’re going to get is a hug.

“It’s clean, there are no empty glasses, there is no garbage on the floor, inside or out. I just can’t stand still because I want you to come back, the next day and the next day and the next day, ”Sheila said in the documentary.

Having first class service is important to them, but they also care about being a space where gay people can express themselves safely and with confidence. For example, Rachel reflects on a drag queen and king pride month show, which they call “Swag Shows,” and their transgender social night.

“The night of our show it was electric in here, you know everyone was so proud,” she said. “You could just see them come out like themselves, you know. I don’t think they could just walk into a bar dressed like themselves and be accepted the way they were here.

Pride month may be over, but the Smallmans are clear that pride never ends in Herz.

“Pride month has been awesome,” said Rachel. “You know, I felt that sense of pride, and I think we should feel that every day. Not just in June or July, but show that pride every day. Bring your communities together every day as if it was. pride month, and it will be so much stronger.


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Nightclubs

Coventry nightclub bosses ready for revelers amid public safety concerns


Patrons of Coventry’s biggest nightclubs can’t wait to get the party started.

But not everything is straightforward for nightclub owners and promoters, with some expressing concern over the government’s sudden change over Covid restrictions.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has given the nightlife industry the green light to reopen after confirming his intention to remove all public health measures from July 19.

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A final decision will be made on July 12, but if everything goes in line with the government’s plan, then nightclubs would be allowed to reopen.

Gary Holloway, manager of JJ’s nightclub at the Skydome, said he was “delighted” with the announcement.

He said: “The past 16 months have undoubtedly been the toughest in the history of the nightlife industry, with the Covid-19 pandemic having significantly affected even the most successful businesses in the industry.

“We welcome the government’s decision, which reflects its understanding not only of the important economic contribution of nightclubs, but also of the vital role that this part of the nightlife industry plays in the continued health of our shopping streets. and our cities.

“We look forward to welcoming our customers again and doing what we do best: providing fun and unforgettable experiences. “



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Like many businesses, JJ’s had to adapt to stay alive.

It recently reopened as a ‘nighttime pub’ allowing revelers to enjoy a seated disco and order pizza while the dance floor remained closed due to social distancing measures.

But the nightclub will look a lot more like its old self when it reopens on July 19 with a “Straight Outta Lockdown” party.

The event, which is nearly sold out, will kick off a busy launch week for the venue.

The Kasbah, in Primrose Hill Street, also promises to be back in full force with “flying” tickets for its big reopening party on July 19.

And while plans to exit the lockdown have been backed by the venue, promoter Sam El-Naaqib said the sweeping changes and the sudden shift in stance on what people can and cannot do have raised more questions only answers.

“This announcement has mixed benefits,” he told CoventryLive.

“This is great news for nightclubs, but there is an undercarriage to it all.

“What has been described is essentially a free-for-all. So all the precautions that existed before are voluntary. It will create a lot of uncertainty.

“It’s been a horrible 16 months for the entertainment industry. The number of bands, artists and singers who have had no recourse through no fault of their own.

“While these freedoms are absolutely necessary for people to come together, the message seems a bit confusing.”

Mr El-Naaqib added: “What happens two months later when cases continue to rise and people start pointing fingers at nightclubs for reopening and young people for getting together?

“What I fear most is that a lot of people still feel vulnerable and this announcement has done little to allay people’s fears about safety in indoor spaces.

“I expect a new announcement next week where hopefully some things will be sorted out and many questions answered.

“How can monitoring and traceability be voluntary? There are things that shouldn’t be voluntary and should always be in place to certify a site.

“There needs to be more of a safety net and not just for the 18 to 25 year olds who want to come back, but who want to do it safely and responsibly.

“There is resistance from the elderly for whom we also have a market. Many think “will it be safe?”

“We need a more defined set of parameters, more guarantees for employees and insurance for the general public as well.”


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Restaurants

PETE TITTL: Relocated restaurants that bring us the birria | Food


The carnage of the COVID-19 pandemic continues in the restaurant industry. Recently, we lost two of my new favorite restaurants from the past 18 months: By the Way Grill at Bill Wright Toyota and Casa Flores Restaurant Bar (in the old Lie-N Den).

I enjoyed By The Way Grill not only for using Bill Wright’s old TV commercial signature (respect for local history), but also for how the food was good enough to inspire a visit when you weren’t fixing it. not your car. Casa Flores was a family owned Mexican coffee company, and the potential was there, but this virus has been vicious for this industry.

The good news is that new tenants have moved into these places: El Taco Rojo in the Auto Mall and Tacos El Asadero in Niles Place. Both specialize in birria (pronounced beer-ya), also known as Mexican beef stew, a dish native to the state of Jalisco, traditionally made with goat meat, but can also be made with beef. (increasingly popular), lamb or chicken. The most commonly used vegetables are tomatoes, onions, garlic, and various peppers, and the slow cooking process can tenderize some hard cuts.

Both restaurants use beef, and if you’ve never tasted one before, I predict you’ll be hooked on what they offer. Think really chewy shredded beef with the savory undertones vegetables can add to the dish. Each comes from humble origins – Rojo from a food truck, El Asadero from an exchange vendor – to join the bricks and mortar crowd.

Our first visit was to Taco Rojo for lunch (hours are limited to weekdays 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.) where we ordered a chicken burrito ($ 7), a street taco carne asada ($ 1.25 ) and what the woman taking our order said was the most popular menu item, the birria taco dorado ($ 3).

What was the quality of the birria? When we get back we will have the plate ($ 14) with rice and beans, the fluffy and almost fatty stringy beef but in this kind of meal it is an expected condition. Everything was impressive: the chicken burrito filled with chewy, small pieces of poultry, lots of moist rice and whole beans, onions and cilantro. More chicken and rice than anything else, but quite tasty.

The crispy dorado taco contained the birria with a tomato and cilantro broth after assembly, the cheese inside melting everything, a style popular in Sinaloa. Again, what they are offering here is not your standard rate that we find elsewhere. The asada was okay, but when you can get the birria it’s hard to go for that other beef version.

We were even more impressed with El Asadero, where the whole family wore masks all the time, taking the pandemic seriously with laminated menus at the table and cleaning often. (According to emails from readers, some are still wary of restaurants that aren’t diligent about security.)

The menu is much more extensive here, and we sampled the taco asada ($ 2.25), the taco pastor ($ 2.25), the chicken taco ($ 2.25), a burrito birria (10.50 $) and a quesataco birria ($ 3.75). Yes we ordered too much but it was so amazing. The burrito came with a broth that you can use as a au jus to dip your burrito in, but this one came with a spoon and can be eaten like a soup because it is much less brackish than the typical au jus. The burrito was toasted brown after assembly, nice and crispy.

The tacos are Tijuana style, our waiter told us, which means they are made with charcoal grilled meats and come with a dollop of guacamole and two salsas on the side, one medium green and one. spicy red. He told us they had an even spicier version of the red available on request. The taco birria was the best, with queso fresco, onions and cilantro inside but so rich in meat it was like eating a sandwich.

The pastor was fine, but it was just pale compared to the birria, which is really hard to resist after tasting a good version. I know this has been very popular in Los Angeles so it’s nice to see us offering similar options here in Bako.

Pete Tittl’s Dining Out column appears in The Californian on Sundays. Email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter at @pftittl.


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Bars

Gay bars, a historic “refuge” for LGBTQ people

Gay bars, a historic “refuge” for LGBTQ people


It was a Friday night in the 1980s and police raided the Spurs, a popular gay bar in Cincinnati. Carl Fox and others have been ordered by police to line up with their IDs.

“I didn’t dare move. I was against the wall,” he said, adding that there was a police van nearby. “They were ready.

Fox is 63 and opened Rosie’s Tavern, a gay bar in Covington, about 20 years ago. After selling it, he opened the Crazy Fox Saloon in Newport. It is decorated with rainbow flags and a plush fox. He considers it a gay-friendly bar where everyone is welcome, which is important to him.

He and his partner of around 25, Terry Bond, remember how much the gay bar scene meant to them and their peers when they were younger.

Fox says that Friday night in the 1980s, several people were beaten by police as they tried to escape through the patio. The agents inside tried to upset people.

“They came right up to me, put a flashlight at my face, called me an f–, looked at my ID, asked me if my parents knew they had raised an f -, called me by name, shouted my address, “Fox said.” And if you dare say a word, you get beaten up. ”

Back then, people used to give false names in bars to hide their identities. Fox said he would meet three people on a night named “Joe Smith”.

The real names of those arrested were published in the newspaper, calling them homosexuals. Many lost their jobs and were ostracized by their friends and family. Despite the risk of police raids, gay bars were essential for LGBTQ people.

“The bar felt like a place you could be safe,” Fox said. “This was the place where you would meet all your friends. This is where you made new friends and you knew you weren’t going to be judged, not like you were being judged at home or at the school. “church or your job or whatever. It was a refuge, I guess.

This refuge was particularly important in the 1980s and 1990s as the HIV epidemic ravaged the LGBTQ community. Terry Bond, 54, says it galvanized people.

“It really engaged the community in a way that I don’t think it had before.”

Rather than just drinking together, the LGBTQ community was the first person to raise money for HIV research – even though it wasn’t called HIV at the time – and the first to publish articles on the virus. and safe sex practices, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC says nearly 330,000 gay and bisexual men have died of AIDS in the United States since the 1980s. The most recent data shows they are still at highest risk for contracting HIV.

In 2018, the CDC reports that 37,968 people were diagnosed with HIV in the United States. About 66% identified as gay or bisexual men; about 24% contracted the virus through heterosexual sex.

As the spread of HIV worsened, LGBTQ people had to recruit allies to prevent and treat the virus, Fox and Bond said.

Building allies meant creating a stronger movement for LGBTQ equality and health – something they are grateful for – but it also meant losing some of the intimate gay bars created.

“Now there’s a certain nostalgia for it because you gain stuff – you gain more acceptance in society,” Bond said. “But you’re also kind of losing that tight-knit community that you were used to and grew up in.”

Nowadays, they say, bars tend to be more “gay-friendly,” accepting allies into the fold.

Fox is now retired and Bond runs the Crazy Fox. He says the fear of an unknown virus during the COVID-19 pandemic was eerily reminiscent of what he and Fox went through in the 1980s. Because of this, they were especially strict with the mask mandate, social distancing and the seats outside, even during the winter.

“There are strong and strong parallels in terms of responsibility – the parallel between safer sex and ‘look, wear a mask, take care of each other’, and issues of personal responsibility,” Bond said.

Will the Gay Safe Space last?

In downtown Cincinnati, Paul Bogenschutz and Tim Ruffner have owned Bar 901 at Brittany since 2018. They are younger than Fox and Bond, but they still grew up fearful of violence and discrimination due to their sexual orientation.

“I’m very aware of where I am. So if I was ever on a date… you still won’t find me putting my hand on his back or holding his hand or me. lean towards, say, a kiss, for example, “Bogenschutz said.” What I always love about gay bars is that I can show appropriate affection and not have to worry about my life being in danger inside the bar or on my way back to my car. I find a lot of value in it and it’s important for me to keep it going for others. ”

Ruffner said their bar is small and intimate. It’s supposed to feel like a big living room where people can have conversations without being drowned out by loud music.

They recognize that the gay bar scene has changed over the years. Rather than being a space exclusively for LGBTQ people, the new generation of gay bars are more open and inviting to everyone.

Just as some LGBTQ youth are not afraid to be themselves openly in public, heterosexuals seem more and more comfortable joining their friends in gay and “gay-friendly” bars.

None of the bar owners think this refers to the end of gay bars.

“People say that in 50 years (…) there will still be gay bars, hopefully, but it won’t necessarily be because of the need for a safe space,” Ruffner said.


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Nightclubs

BC casinos and nightclubs to reopen on Canada Day


VICTORIA – BC casinos and nightclubs have been given the green light to reopen on July 1, when BC officially enters Stage 3 of its restart plan.

The capacity limits and activities that can take place in the two industries were outlined by provincial health officer Dr Bonnie Henry and Premier John Horgan on Tuesday afternoon.

Dancing will not be allowed in nightclubs during stage 3, although tables for up to 10 people are allowed. People are not allowed to mix between tables, according to health officials, as is the current rule for restaurants as well.

Restaurants, bars and pubs, however, have been allowed to increase their table limits based on the size of the building, and normal alcohol service hours have been restarted.

Likewise, casinos are allowed to reopen in British Columbia, but at a reduced maximum capacity. Depending on the province, only 50 percent of gaming stations can be open at the same time.

Still, any reopening announcement is good news for the casino industry, which has been among the hardest hit during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Casinos have been closed for almost 16 months in British Columbia, since March 16, 2020.

The BC Lottery Corporation is now delighted to welcome its customers back to its casinos and adds that security is a priority.

“As gaming establishments across British Columbia prepare to welcome guests again on July 1, the health and safety of our players, employees and communities is our top priority,” said Lynda Cavanaugh, President and Interim CEO of the BCLC in a statement Tuesday.

“Along with our casino service providers and thousands of industry employees, we have worked hard behind the scenes to provide an exceptional entertainment experience for our players when they are ready to return,” she said. declared.

A more in-depth look at Stage 3 of BC’s plan to reopen, including restrictions that will be lifted from Thursday, can be found here.


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Cafes

Pandemic is making Denver pay what you can coffee in its busiest year yet

DENVER – Last year took the lunch rush at a pay what you can to a new level cafe. SAME Coffee which means “So All May Eat” had its busiest year yet in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic caused financial hardship for families in the Denver area.

“What we are seeing are a lot of people who are experiencing homelessness for the first time, poverty for the first time, or food insecurity for the first time in their history, so they are navigating a system that they do not. not know about it, ”said Brad Reubendale, executive director of SAME Cafe.

Denver7 introduced coffee at the start of the pandemic when Reubendale moved operations to the restaurant patio and started doing take out. When ordering home, he says the need is starting to skyrocket and he’s committed to staying open.

“We’ve actually served more people in that time, almost as many people in that three-month shutdown as we had the whole year before,” Reubendale said.

Reubendale, his staff and volunteers served more than 28,000 meals last year, up from 20,000 meals served in 2019. He said about 90% of guests face some kind of challenge, and many of those challenges are linked to the pandemic.

“There was a woman that came in a van and she said, can I have five meals and we said of course she said my kids are in the van we have never been homeless before but we sleep in my van, ”said Reubendale, explaining what it was like to see this need firsthand.

He said he asked the woman in the van what she was planning to do for dinner and decided to give her extra meals when he realized she had no way of feed her children that night.

When other restaurants made the decision to close permanently or temporarily, Reubendale said several of those businesses decided to donate their entire food inventory to the cafe.

“I got to see the best of humanity last year, it was a big challenge but it was also an amazing year,” said Reubendale.

The SAME Cafe operates on a payment model that you can, but customers can also volunteer or donate goods in exchange for a meal. Grants and donations from charitable foundations are used to fund expenses that are not covered by food sales. The cafe is currently in need of volunteers.

“We still see a lot of people in need and they come to the SAME cafe, it just means we need volunteers and donors more than ever,” said Reubendale.

SAME Cafe is hosting a fundraising event on July 15th, the proceeds will help the nonprofit continue to meet this increased demand. More information is available here.

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Cafes

How Front Street Cafe Survived and Thrived Amid COVID-19

Located just off the Market-Frankford line at Girard East station Front Street Cafe, a cozy, local neighborhood spot known for its healthy meals anytime of the day.

The small business has been around since September 2015 and has built its reputation on serving unique and nutritious foods that customers keep coming back to.

Despite the restaurant facing many dilemmas amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, customers are still flocking to the cafe, causing a boom in business.

Front Street Cafe owner Andrew Petruzelli is dedicated to creating comfort foods with a healthy twist. His team also prepares vegan and gluten-free foods for customers with dietary restrictions.

“We changed our menu where vegans could eat anything that didn’t have an animal icon on it,” Petruzelli said in a recent interview with News AL D NewsA.

The Front Street Cafe was forced to close in March 2020, but reopened later, in June of the same year. Petruzelli described the weather as stressful, but necessary for clients.

“We have done our best to follow the protocols as well as our own protocols,” he said. “We used a lot of disposables just to be on the safe side.”

The company was able to take advantage of its large seating capacity outside. The space also caused an influx of customers who lived in the neighborhood, adjusting to their new normal.

“With all the new families and people now working from home in this area, clients are probably coming here instead of going downtown,” he said.

Another reason the Front Street Cafe is constantly busy is its menu, which ranges from breakfast to late-night bites.

One of his best-known staples is the buffalo cauliflower bites, a dish that has received a fair amount of attention on social media.

“It’s kind of meant to be in place of the wings,” said Petruzelli. “We have won the Best of Philly award several times for the cauliflower bites. “

Cauliflower is dipped in a thick paste made from rice flour, then fried until golden brown. After frying, they are coated with a spicy buffalo sauce.

Other sauce options include garlic-sriracha, general garlic tso sauce, and whiskey barbecue.

Another fan favorite is Front Street Benedicts, which is built on an all-English muffin, and offers either a tofu scramble or poached eggs, and vegan hollandaise.

Customers can also add fresh bacon to applewood or their special vegan scrapple, made on site.

“Our scrapple is made from mushrooms,” said Petruzelli.

The cafe also has a smoothie and juice bar with many homemade recipes to choose from, such as Super Green, a drink made from coconut, a mixture of green vegetables, cocoa, orange juice. and bananas.

“We also have a bakery on site, so we make our own baked goods,” he said.

The restaurant has flourished, but Petruzelli is hoping residents of Philadelphia can stop by for a quick smoothie or sit-down brunch with family and friends.

“We have something for everyone,” he said.

If you’re in the neighborhood, head to Front Street Cafe’s menu.

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Wimbledon restaurants and bars courting public in hopes of vibrant business | Wimbledon

Wimbledon restaurants and bars courting public in hopes of vibrant business |  Wimbledon


Wimbledon Village is decked out in the green and purple hues of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club as anticipation hovers in the air.

With less than 24 hours to go to the tournament, restaurants and bars are hoping the Wimbledon fortnight will help replenish revenue after the Covid-19 pandemic kept customers away, with thousands of fans on the point of descending on SW19.

Although the AELTC will limit spectators to half its capacity until the final, there is still potential for sustained activity for restaurants and inns.

No effort was spared to attract audiences, with extravagant tennis-themed display cases incorporating balls, racquets, flowers, strawberries – everything Wimbledon, even Wombles.

Thai Tho Restaurant has one of the most eye-catching displays, featuring a giant tennis ball as the window centerpiece, while interior photographs of tennis players cover the walls. “We do it every year. We really hope for good business, ”said Ploy Hennessy, staff member. In the past, well-known players were known to show up.

But, while celebrity spotting is one of the highlights of the year for fans, this year they’ll be harder to find.

Strict AELTC rules state that players – and their small entourage – will stay in a bio-secure hotel in central London, travel to the pitch by private transport, and stay in bubbles.

The rules apply even if players live nearby, like Johanna Konta, the British No.1. “We’re staying in the middle of London so it’s going to be pretty interesting what it’s going to look like from Westminster to Wimbledon,” she said. PA Media this week.

“I’m not sure everyone who booked where the hotel is located knew the route. It will be interesting to walk past my house every day on the way to Wimbledon, but the bottom line is that Wimbledon will be happening and the fans will be able to come and people will be able to enjoy it again, both in person and on TV.

Joanna Doniger of Tennis London, which rents Wimbledon homes to stars as their owners temporarily move to cash in lucrative rentals, said: “There will be no celebrity scouting. They will all be in blackened cars “

As for rentals, she said, “We’re down two-thirds. It’s not great. But last year it was nothing. Roll on 2022. “

No large properties have been rented this year, although international media have picked up on smaller properties, with social distancing meaning that there is often only one person on a property, she said. .

Gone, too, is the queue, where fans camp out to get last-minute tickets. Replaced with a virtual queue, ticket holders now have to prove they are vaccinated or are Covid-free, which will reduce ticket touts who usually line routes between train and metro stations and the club.

At the Rose and Crown, a pretty former 17th-century coaching inn in the heart of Wimbledon Village, tennis will be screened, food and cocktails served in its bars and large garden, and owner Nicky Green is keeping her fingers crossed. “We’ll see what happens. Let’s say it will be better than last year. We still have table reservations. No vertical consumption, but we will have appointments as long as people check in there. ‘NHS application.’

The cocktail menu includes a special strawberry gin spritz, with gin distilled by Wimbledon sponsor Sipsmith from strawberries grown for Wimbledon last year, which would otherwise have been wasted when the tournament was called off. “We will serve this. Hopefully there are many, ”she said.

Jacopo Filippone, manager of Sticks ‘n’ Sushi, a Japanese-Danish restaurant near Wimbledon station, said: “I hope we get some good deals. Let’s see. “In addition to the on-site dinner, fans can buy a takeout en route to AELTC.” Fish on the grass, “the restaurant’s promotional display reads.” Wimbledon is still on. a great thing for us, “Filippone said.” So yes. We are pleased.”

With restrictions still in place, it is not yet clear what this means for “Henman Hill” inside the park. Fans, however, can enjoy their own virtual hill from the comfort of their living room as part of the Wimbledon at Home online experience.

A Wimbledon Virtual hill allows fans around the world to take a seat, create and dress their avatar, and compete for prizes throughout the fortnight. “The aspiration is to extend the unique sense of camaraderie that exists on Wimbledon Hill beyond the borders of our grounds and in so doing help attract an audience beyond tennis,” said the club.


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DOTA 2 TI10 could leave Sweden after vote banning esports from sports federation


Valve’s follow-up requests to qualify The International were immediately rejected by the Swedish Home Secretary.

Despite previous conversations and assurances given to Valve, Sweden refused to qualify the International Championships – DOTA 2 as an elite sporting event. This is an exemption offered to other elite sporting events that allow players, talents and staff to acquire visas to travel.

Valve announced in a June 21, 2021 article that the Swedish Sports Federation voted not to accept esport into the sports federation. This denial of qualification means that players who would normally be able to apply for a visa and enter the country, would be denied. The post also notes that it would be up to each border officer to decide whether someone was eligible to enter the country.

Other calls were made, including an option for the Home Secretary to reclassify The International as an elite sporting event, but these were dismissed. The post then explains the other options on the table and points out that Valve still plans to host the event in Europe this year.

We filed an appeal directly with the Swedish government on June 9, but they were unable to provide assistance. On June 14, we asked them to reconsider their decision, and so far they have not been able to come up with a resolution. As a result, and in light of the current political situation in Sweden, we have started to look for possible alternatives elsewhere in Europe to host the event this year, in case the Swedish government is not able to host the championships. international – Dota 2 as expected. We are confident that in either case we will have a solution that will allow us to hold TI10 in Europe this year, and that we will be able to announce an updated plan in the very near future.

It wasn’t until last year that Valve chose to delay DOTA 2’s The International due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While there were hopes that 2021 would mean a return to the norm, it seems there are more hurdles to overcome before players can fight in the DOTA 2 Championships.

Despite this recent setback, Valve says the DOTA 2 TI10 qualifiers will still take place on June 23. Make sure to keep it locked to Shacknews as we bring you the latest news on The International – DOTA 2 Championships.

Originally from the lower lands, Sam Chandler brings a touch of the southern hemisphere to his work. After touring a few universities, earning a bachelor’s degree, and entering the video game industry, he found his new family here at Shacknews as a guide editor. There is nothing he loves more than creating a guide that will help someone. If you need help with a guide, or if you notice something wrong, you can tweet it: @SamuelChandler



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Nightclubs

$ 1 million grant saves legendary New Haven nightclub Toad’s Place from ‘utter devastation’


NEW HAVEN – For the first time since March 2020, live music came to the Toad’s Place stage on Friday.

The famous music club, with help from the federal government, is preparing to reopen after more than a year of pandemic shutdown.

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro came to Toad’s Place on Friday to celebrate the nearly $ 1 million the club received as part of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, helping it recover from the pandemic loss.

“This place is iconic. He’s a legend, and he’s a source of joy and entertainment for so many people over 45, ”said Blumenthal. “He’s been here to provide entertainment and culture, to bring people together, and that’s why I felt so passionately that we had to help our stages, our cinemas, our museums. They bring people together and provide cultural richness and community in Connecticut. “

Blumenthal said the $ 16 billion set aside in the subsidy program was badly needed because sites need to plan and prepare before reopening. He said he wrote to the Small Business Administration, which administers the grants, urging that the funds be disbursed quickly.

Venues such as Toad’s, the Warner Theater in Torrington and the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, he said, are having a lasting impact on people’s lives.


“This program is moving. This will provide a vital lifeline for icons of our state, like Toad’s, which will offer so much joy and wonderful magic to people of all ages, but especially the young people who come here, and will take away unforgettable memories, ”, Blumenthal said. “You literally create these memories and make dreams come true for the fans as well as the great sources of art and music that will do their magic here.”

DeLauro said the federal government has received about 13,000 requests for assistance from closed entertainment venues, movie theaters, entertainment companies and cinemas, among others.

Those who lost at least 90% of their income during the pandemic are eligible for support, she said.

Right now, it looks like there is enough money set aside to support them all, she said. She urged other eligible sites to apply.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has created the biggest public health and economic crisis in a generation,” DeLauro said. “We need to do more to boost the morale of site owners) – show them there is a way out. … I am so proud that we in Washington, at the federal level, can make a difference by helping you to continue to be the icon that you have been in New Haven, and our regional community, that you have been for all these years. “

SBA Connecticut District Manager Catherine Marx described the March 2020 fight, noting that Toad’s had delayed performances on several occasions before ultimately deciding to shut down.

The grants had been given in priority to the hardest hit sites, she said, including Toad’s. So far, 10 Connecticut sites have received funding, she said.

“We missed our performing arts. We failed to come out, ”Marx said. “And it’s just wonderful to be on this legendary stage once again to congratulate Toad’s and thank everyone involved for the money allocation and the hard work throughout the program.”

Owner Brian Phelps has said the first concerts at Toad’s after the reopening will likely take place in late August.

He expressed gratitude to Blumenthal, DeLauro and other national leaders, saying the institution was facing “utter devastation” without their help.

“Due to the contagiousness of the COVID virus, (we) were the first to close and the last to open,” said Phelps. “We are extremely grateful for their help. “

After remarks made on occasion, guitarist Rohn Lawrence and pianist Jay Rowe began to play jazz. People were smiling and stamping their feet.

At the end of each song, applause, once again, filled Toad’s Place.

Toad’s was founded in 1975 by Mike Spoerndle, who initially envisioned a French and Italian restaurant, according to earlier reports. Phelps said the restaurant is not working and Spoerndle has started bringing in bluegrass and blues bands.

Over the years, in addition to local numbers, big names have also graced the small stage: the Rolling Stones came in for a surprise performance in 1989; Bob Dylan performed for four hours in 1990. The stage was visited by a series of luminaries, including Bruce Springsteen, U2, Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, Cardi B, the Wu-Tang Clan and Kendrick Lamar.

Phelps became manager in 1976 under Spoerndle, then took over the place in 1995.

Photos of New Haven’s rock and roll history, which highlights Toad’s Place, can be found here.

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