Taco Bell will debut a revamped loyalty program this month, spurred by increasing use of the chain's mobile app during the pandemic. Customers will earn 10 points toward free food for every dollar they spend, and customers who've spent $200 in the past year will be promoted to the Fire tier, which comes with additional points and perks.
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Chuck E. Cheese parent CEC Entertainment is focusing on building its delivery-only Pasqually's Pizza & Wings concept. The menu has grown to include four new flavors of Twice-Baked Wings and Giant Cheesy Bread, and the company has signed on with third-party delivery provider DoorDash.
DoorDash said it will ease some fees for the Black-owned businesses it partners with and the company has started a program to match loans to Black-owned businesses made by the nonprofit crowdsourced lending platform Kiva. The third-party delivery company has created a $150,000 revolving fund to match the zero-interest Kiva loans.
Take-out packaging is in high demand as restaurants fulfill more off-premises orders during the pandemic, spurring some restaurants to stock up as a hedge against supply chain glitches. Babcor Packaging, the owner of MrTakeOutBags.com, has seen a surge in demand for tamper-resistant to-go bags, and restaurant operators say they are often paying more and waiting longer for new supplies.
Restaurants that identify the strengths and weaknesses of their responses to the coronavirus will be prepared if further lockdowns occur, Patrick Hardy writes. Hardy outlines best practices for debriefing employees and emphasizes the need to also plan for the impact of other natural disasters.
At his forthcoming barbecue restaurant in Oakland, Calif., chef Matt Horn will honor the Black pitmasters who created a path for him and others. Horn plans to open Horn Barbecue by Labor Day, with a menu that will include smoked oxtails and pork chops "influenced by the Black South."
Figs are a great addition to a variety of recipes, from an omelet with brie to a pizza with ricotta and walnuts. Grilled fresh figs are a perfect complement to a summer salad, while dried figs are a nutritious base for baked snack bars.