Like so many of his fellow restaurateurs, Cameron Mitchell was forced to close his operations to comply with government stay at home orders aimed to slow the spread of COVID-19. In Mitchell’s case this meant closing 36 restaurants and laying off 4,500 employees.
The effects of the coronavirus slam the foodservice industry. Hooter’s sees sports betting as part of its future. Hy-Vee supermarkets will convert 22 of its Market Grill Restaurants to Wahlburger restaurants. 7-Eleven tests a chicken concept in New York.
The National Restaurant Association projects a moderately good year for 2020. Restaurants hired 50,000 employees in February. Dine Brands will test ghost kitchens. Fogo de Chão does delivery its own way. Starbucks reopens stores in China.