Government Policy and Regulation

New York State Ends To-Go Alcohol

New York State’s COVID-19 State of Emergency expired yesterday, taking to-go alcohol with it.

National Restaurant Association Urges Action on RRF Replenishment Act

Sean Kennedy, of the National Restaurant Association, offers a timely update on the Restaurant Revitalization Fund Replenishment Act.

Illinois Extends To-Go Cocktails, Wine Until 2024

Liquor-serving establishments in Illinois also may offer a free alcoholic beverage to vaccinated customers starting June 10.

New Washington Law Targets Single-Use Plastics

In Washington, starting next year, a foodservice business’ customers must request utensils, straws, packaged condiments and beverage cup lids.

Restaurant Revitalization Fund Application Period Ends Monday

Foodservice establishments that are eligible for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund have until 8 p.m. EST on Monday, May 24, to apply.

Texas Joins List of States Permanently Offering To-Go Alcohol

This week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott formalized an alcohol-to-go law, offering an added source of revenue for ailing restaurants.

What Restaurants Need to Know, Do For Workplace Safety Compliance

Melanie L. Paul and Chris Schlag, of Jackson Lewis, share best practices for restaurants in a webinar titled “Serving Up OSHA Compliance: How to Operate Safely in the Pandemic.”

Comment Period Open for Energy Star Commercial Ovens Draft 1 Specification

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting comments on the Energy Star Version 3.0 Commercial Ovens Draft 1 Specification through May 12.

Restaurant Recovery: Funding Deficiencies, Workforce Shortages Cast Shadows

Isabella Casillas Guzman, of the Small Business Administration, and Tom Bené, of the National Restaurant Association, share perspectives on post-pandemic restaurant recovery.

Sealing the Deal — With To-Go Alcohol Gaining Momentum, Revenue Opportunities Arise

Sweeping considerations of cocktail to-go laws as well as alcohol delivery have been heralded as significant game changers for a beleaguered restaurant industry.

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