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The team from Align Public Strategies talks about social unrest and the restaurant industry on the Working Lunch podcast this week.

Working Lunch: Widespread social unrest poses unique challenges to restaurant industry

Also, updates on the push for off-premise alcohol sales and industry relief packages in state legislatures

The United States finds itself mired in widespread protests and social unrest, and corporate brands are under pressure to engage in the conversation. The team from Align Public Strategies talks about the corresponding expectations as well as the potential pitfalls facing restaurant operators.

Meanwhile, the campaign to change laws surrounding alcoholic beverages and off-premise sales is hitting its stride. Mike Whatley of the National Restaurant Association is the industry’s point person on this effort, and he joins Working Lunch to give the lay of the land.

A number of states have restaurant industry relief packages under consideration. The podcast talks to Steve Clark of the Massachusetts Restaurant Association and gets the latest on what’s happening with his legislative efforts in Boston. Working Lunch wraps up with the weekly legislative scorecard.

Align Public Strategies is a full-service public affairs and creative firm that helps corporate brands, governments and nonprofits navigate the outside world and inform their internal decision-making. This article does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors or management of Nation's Restaurant News or Restaurant Hospitality.

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