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Trending this week: Joe Biden unveils $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan

This week on, now-President Joe Biden’s plans were among the top stories. He unveiled a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan, which includes $1,400 stimulus checks and $15 minimum wage. He also presented a $20 billion national vaccine distribution plan, emphasizing his plan to open up eligibility more Americans, create more vaccine sties and increase supply and distribution nationally.

Among other top stories in this week’s gallery, Papa John’s CEO Rob Lynch joined our Extra Serving podcast to talk about the brand’s checkered past and rebuilding the pizza company to emerge stronger. Panera began testing ghost kitchens, mobile kitchens and virtual catering; NRN spoke with CEO Niren Chaudhary. Long John Silver’s promoted its president, also a Yum Brands veteran, to CEO.

In other news, Amici Partners Group finalized its acquisition of Friendly’s Restaurants. Denny’s announced its new virtual brands, Burger Den and Melt Down. Penn Station East Coast Subs’ CEO shared why his 300-unit restaurant chain killed its app.

In galleries, our Menu Tracker column featured 23 brands with new menu innovation. And the National Restaurant Association shared 10 trends that helped the restaurant industry survive in 2020. The survey of over 6,000 restaurant operators covers culinary trends, innovation, consumer preferences and more.

Click through to read all of this week’s trending stories.

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