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Trending this week: Are lawsuits over restaurant dining restrictions having an impact?

This week on, the most-read story was the California Restaurant Association joining operators in Michigan, Philadelphia and Oregon in suing local authorities to reopen dining rooms. Nation’s Restaurant News took a look at whether those lawsuits were having an impact. A judge has since said that Los Angeles officials need to show evidence linking outdoor dining to the ongoing rise in coronavirus cases.

Also this week, Republican and Democratic senators proposed a compromise stimulus package, though the COVID Emergency Relief Framework lacks support from party leaders. The proposal does include $288 billion for small businesses such as restaurants in the form of Paycheck Protection Program loans.

There was plenty of news this week from the third-party delivery world, where the biggest story was Uber completing its purchase of Postmates. The merger combines Postmates’ more than 600,000 merchants with Uber Eats’ more than 500,000 restaurant partners.

As far as restaurant operations, Fox Restaurant Concepts announced it is launching a to-go-only concept called Fly Bye, as well as a takeout-only version of its fast-casual Flower Child. Senior Editor Ron Ruggless spoke with Sam Fox, who built FRC, about his company’s “circle of learning” process and how it applies to the new restaurant.

Click through to read this week’s most popular stories, including marketing firm af&co’s predictions for 2021.

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