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Trending this week: Texas Roadhouse founder and CEO Kent Taylor dead at 65 and more on what restaurant operators need to know about the restaurant relief grants

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Olo Inc.’s founder and CEO Noah Glass anticipates the digital ordering and delivery solutions platform’s independence to continue to be a strength after Wednesday's successful initial public offering.

New York-based Olo began trading Wednesday, raising $450 million in its IPO of 18 million shares at $25 each. At market close, Olo stock had jumped 39%, or $9.75, to close at $34.75 a share.

The restaurant world on Friday mourned the loss of Texas Roadhouse founder and CEO Kent Taylor following the shock of his death.

Company officials in a statement said Taylor took his own life after a battle with post-COVID-related symptoms that included severe tinnitus.

Nation’s Restaurant News spoke with two attorneys to answer common questions about both the Restaurant Revitalization Fund grants and the American Rescue Plan more broadly: J. Riley Lagesen, attorney and chair of the national restaurant industry practice group at Davis Wright Tremaine law firm in Portland with many years of experience representing operators and chefs; and Patrick Dennison, partner and labor and employment attorney at Fisher Phillips law firm in Pittsburgh.

To check out what else happened this past week, click through the gallery to see what was trending on Nation's Restaurant News.

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