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Trending this week: Cities, states tighten restaurant dining restrictions

This week on, the top story was the constantly-evolving restrictions on restaurant dining rooms across the country due to coronavirus. Chicago, New Mexico and Oregon entered lockdowns as New York City, San Francisco, Maine and Minnesota tightened restrictions. These came as a Stanford-led study suggested indoor dining may be a cause of COVID-19 “superspreader” events.

This week’s guest on the Extra Serving podcast was BurgerFi President Charlie Guzzetta, who talked about the fast-casual company as a leader in sustainability. Later in the week, Nation’s Restaurant News spoke with CEO Julio Ramirez about the brand’s first drive-thru, opening next month.

Wendy’s said this week that it may withhold consent in Flynn Restaurant Group’s stalking-horse bid to acquire 394 restaurants of the burger brand and Pizza Hut units in NPC International Inc.’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy case. Meanwhile, Thompson Hospitality acquired Matchbox Food Group LLC as that casual-dining chain emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Get the latest on these stories and more, including Luby’s liquidation plan, in this week’s gallery.

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