88% of restaurants fear Delta variant surges will hurt their recovery

The long road out of COVID-19 is strewn with potholes and other hazards, not least the Delta variant. The highly contagious variant was first discovered in India in late 2020 and now accounts for the majority of cases in Canada and various other countries.  For example, 95 per cent of all positive tests in British Columbia […]

Canadian restaurant count fell by 5,000 in 2020, reports NPD Group

Recent data from The NPD Group has found that the Canadian restaurant count fell by 5,000 during 2020. Before the pandemic, there had been around 66,000 Canadian restaurant units since 2016. Then, 2020 happened. The NPD Group data reports the industry lost 5,000 units, a decline of eight per cent, last year. Independent restaurants lost […]

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 […]

Nova Scotia indoor dining halted again as province shuts down

Nova Scotia indoor dining must close across the province for at least the next two weeks amid a new shutdown aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19. Restaurants and bars must close for dine-in service, although contactless takeout or delivery is allowed. Retail outlets including those that sell food can remain open at 25 per […]

“Needless” restaurant closures spark calls for compensation

The Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association (ORHMA) and Restaurants Canada have sent an open letter to Ontario Premier Doug Ford requesting immediate action to reverse the impacts to Ontario’s foodservice sector as a result of “needless” restaurant closures. ORHMA notes that as a result of last week’s shutdown announcement, Ontario’s restaurants have spent more […]

Starbucks Canada to finish closing up to 300 stores nationwide by March

Starbucks Canada says its plan to close up to 300 coffee shops across the country will be complete by the end of March. The Seattle-based coffeehouse and roastery chain announced the acceleration of what it calls a five-year “transformation strategy” last year as it responded to changes in consumer habits during the COVID-19 pandemic. In […]