Ontario RABS Fund helping secure restaurants’ future

Assistance from inside and outside the Canadian foodservice industry has been vital to so many operators during the COVID-19 pandemic. Vastly reduced traffic and revenues, staffing challenges, and the myriad other issues caused by the pandemic have seen restaurants close from coast to coast in Canada, in many cases permanently. In many cases, governmental support […]

The lasting changes and passing fads of COVID-19

By Mark Plumlee COVID-19 brought massive, sweeping changes to the restaurant industry. Now, with the vaccine rollout well underway and provinces continuing to reopen their restaurants, one giant question remains unanswered. Looking at some of the many shifts restaurant operations have seen over the past year, which ones will turn out to be passing fads? […]

Pür & Simple: Pushing for female empowerment in foodservice

COVID-19 has stunted progress in addressing foodservice’s gender imbalance, but Pür & Simple is on a continuing mission By Tom Nightingale The foodservice and restaurant industry has been thrust under a newly intense spotlight throughout COVID-19. During a pandemic that has devastated foodservice and hospitality to an extent felt by few other industries, there has […]

Restaurant cleaning for post-pandemic challenges

As the world continues to re-emerge from COVID-19 restrictions, operators must be sure to prepare for the increase in foot traffic and restaurant cleaning expectations while also addressing hiring challenges. In particular, the increased hygiene and safety demands of consumers in the pandemic age mean more focus than ever before must be placed on maintaining […]

Ontario indoor dining finally reopens July 16 after months closed

It’s been a long, hard road, but Ontario indoor dining is finally back on the menu. The province moved to Step 3 of its reopening plan on July 16, five days earlier than previously scheduled. That has seen indoor dining in the province open up again for the first time since Easter weekend at the […]

ORHMA offering COVID-19 safety webinar

The Ontario Restaurant, Hotel, and Motel Association (ORHMA) is offering a free COVID-19 safety webinar to foodservice and hospitality operators. As the industry continues to reopen back up for the summer and Ontario becomes the final province to relaunch indoor dining, doing so in a safe and controlled manner will be vital. Staying in compliance […]

Quebec prepared to mandate vaccination passports for restaurants

Quebec is prepared to implement “vaccination passports” to stop people who aren’t fully vaccinated against COVID-19 from accessing certain non-essential services like restaurants and bars if the province’s situation deteriorates. Provincial health minister Christian Dubé said the move could come as early as September 1 if necessary, but that digital vaccination passports would only be […]

Ontario indoor dining ban now unique in North America

As Ontario indoor dining remains prohibited, the province is now the only jurisdiction in North America where eating indoors is still not allowed. Dining rooms across the province have been closed down for over three months since Easter Saturday, April 3. At that time, the measure was announced as being in place for a minimum […]

Manitoba restaurants resume indoor dining

Manitoba restaurants and bars reopened among a slew of loosened restrictions starting Saturday, June 26. Manitoba restaurants and bars can now open at 25 per cent indoor capacity and 50 per cent capacity for outdoor dining. Those dining indoors must be from the same household unless all patrons at the table are fully vaccinated. Up […]

Why COVID-19 could present opportunities for restaurateurs

By Mark Plumlee It’s been a tough 16 months for restaurateurs. The COVID-19 pandemic pushed the industry to the brink, accelerating technological trends and forcing restaurants to adopt to-go business as a foundational revenue stream. As we come out of the pandemic into the “new normal,” get ready to see an explosion of new ventures […]