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Restaurant survey says industry might take up to a year to recover
Restaurants across the country might need a more than a year to recover from the economic bruising of the COVID-19 pandemic. That is, if they can survive long enough to see daylight again. More Details
7/9/2020

Many Ontario bar, restaurant owners want takeout alcohol to stay
Bar and restaurant owners who deal in specialty alcohol say they've carved out a new business model around Ontario's relaxed rules for takeout liquor, and they'll fight to make the system permanent. More Details
7/8/2020

This stunning Toronto restaurant was five years in the making — and was shut down by COVID just five weeks after opening
Gusto 501, a new Italian restaurant in Toronto’s Corktown neighbourhood, was five years in the making. More Details
7/7/2020

Restaurants doomed without continued support
A new survey says the restaurant business will not survive without ongoing government support. More Details
7/6/2020

Most restaurants will need continued government support to survive Canada’s recovery from COVID-19

TORONTO — The majority of foodservice businesses across the country are still operating at a loss and could take at least a year to return to profitability, according to a new survey from Restaurants Canada. More Details

7/6/2020


Toronto restaurant writes hilarious letter welcoming patrons back. 

Slowly but surely, restaurants and bars around Toronto are reopening for patio service with restrictions and one spot is looking to let customers know what to expect in a way that sticks. More Details

7/4/2020


Smoke and mirrors': For restaurants and their suppliers, booming patios mask industry's fragile state

While reopened patios could look, from the outside, like the industry turning back on, some are cautioning that it is mostly an illusion. More Details

7/2/2020


First wave of new and expanded patios open up for Canada Day, more than 400 have been approved

The city has now approved more than 400 applications for new or expanded patios as part of its Café TO program with hundreds more currently being mulled over by staff, Mayor John Tory says. More Details

7/1/2020


How one Toronto restaurant constructed a terrace in 3 times to attempt and conserve its summertime

It is nothing fancy: only a wooden 16-seater with yellow speakers conducting the length of the restaurant, and a couple standalone tables from the entry, which seats more people. More Details

7/1/2020


Restaurant industry benefits from extending CECRA program

The federal government has extended the commercial rent relief program through July. David Lefebvre, vice president, federal and Quebec for Restaurants. More Details

6/30/2020


This historic Montreal spot was crowned oldest restaurant in Canada

Good food never goes out of style and Old Montreal’s L’Auberge Saint-Gabriel is a perfect example. More Details

6/30/2020


Restaurant, bar patios can expand Canada Day as council approves CaféTO

City council unanimously voted to approve CaféTO, which allows restaurants to open makeshift patios starting July 1. More Details

6/30/2020


Toronto restaurant changes its patio rules after it fails to control crowds

Some newly reopened bars and restaurants are taking heat for not enough social distance and one in particular has already decided on a new system patrons must abide by. More Details

6/29/2020


Don’t Be the Jerk Who No-Shows for a Restaurant Reservation During a Pandemic

People are still ghosting on tables—and it hurts restaurants more than ever. ​More Details

6/29/2020

Toronto concerned there's not enough social distancing on restaurant and bar patios

Restaurant patios have reopened across Toronto — but it's not supposed to be business as usual, according to Phase 2 rules. More Details

6/27/2020


Will patios, flexible liquor laws, and local tourism get restaurants through COVID-19

"Having patios now open has been tremendous for restaurants, and several owners have told me it has helped business. More Details

6/27/2020


Mississauga restaurant apologizes for controversial post about tipping

A Mississauga restaurant that ignited a heated debate has issued an apology for a strongly worded Instagram post that has since been removed. More Details

6/26/2020

Gov. Greg Abbott orders Texas bars to close again and restaurants to reduce to 50% occupancy as coronavirus spreads

Bars must close at noon Friday, and the reduction in restaurant capacity takes effect Monday. Before Abbott's announcement Friday, bars were able to operate at 50% capacity and restaurants at 75% capacity. More Details

6/26/2020


People miss seeing others but fear of COVID-19 will slow hospitality industry recovery, professor says

But the desire to hit bars, restaurants and outdoor amenities often associated with vacation season is also mixed with some trepidation over the deadly novel coronavirus, says University of Waterloo professor Dr. Daniel Scott. More Details

6/25/2020


Coronavirus: Some restaurants call for more flexibility in Toronto’s new outdoor patio plan

Toronto Mayor John Tory says there have been about 250 completed applications for the City’s CafeTO plan to allow for more outdoor dining space for local businesses, but some are calling for the program to be more flexible. More Details

6/24/2020


'I've been craving it for four months': Patios, salons open in Toronto, Peel

TORONTO -- Patios and hair salons were back in business in Ontario's two most populous regions on Wednesday, as the premier announced that parts of the Windsor region will soon join them in Stage 2. More Details

6/24/2020


Restaurant chains jump on ghost kitchen trend to boost sales during COVID-19

VANCOUVER — When the COVID-19 outbreak forced many restaurants to shutter dining rooms across Canada, Vancouver-based Joey Restaurants responded by opening two "ghost kitchens" — a new model being adopted for delivery- and pick-up-only spaces. More Details

6/24/2020


Up to 50% of restaurants may not make it to 2021: Oliver and Bonacini CEO

Andrew Oliver, president and CEO of Oliver and Bonacini discusses the challenges restaurants face when reopening. Toronto restaurants will be allowed to enter Stage 2 and reopen with new safety measures starting on Wednesday

June 24th. More Details

6/23/2020


Toronto and Peel to move to Stage 2 on Wednesday, Premier Ford says

Ford said as of 12:01 a.m. on June 24, Toronto and Peel Region will join almost every other region of Ontario in entering Stage 2, which allows additional businesses and facilities, including restaurant patios, barbershops, salons, shopping malls, and public pools, to reopen. More Details

6/22/2020


Tory 'very optimistic' Toronto will move on to Stage 2 of province's reopening plan this week

Speaking to CP24 on Sunday, Tory said it appears the city is "achingly close" to being able to reopen additional businesses, including restaurant patios and hair salons. More Details

6/21/2020


Food truck festival stays flexible during COVID-19 with drive-thru options

TORONTO -- Car after car lined up in the parking lot of Yorkdale Shopping Centre this weekend to try something different -- a drive-thru food truck festival. More Details

6/20/2020


Summer patio season gets boost as Vancouver issues 85 new permits

The city’s Temporary Expedited Patio Program, which allows restaurants and bars to set up temporary patios on sidewalks and streets, More Details

6/20/2020


Quebec finance minister says 'return to growth' coming as COVID-19 leads to uncertainty

However, the recovery will be uneven: the report says that the restaurant and tourism industries in particular will prevent the province from attaining its pre-pandemic employment levels in the short term. More Details

6/19/2020


Ontario Pauses Commercial Evictions

Government protecting small businesses as the province safely and gradually reopens. More Details

6/17/2020

Coronavirus: Toronto launches CaféTO to help restaurants, bars create expanded patios

The City of Toronto has launched a program called CafeTO, which will help bars and restaurants reopen their patios as soon as the province allows. While the move is being applauded by industry and BIAs, there is an eagerness to see results. Matthew Bingley reports. More Details

6/17/2020

Alberta introduces bill to protect business tenants from eviction during COVID

EDMONTON - Alberta has proposed legislation to stop business tenants from being evicted during the economic slump caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. More Details

6/17/2020


No singing or dancing allowed as Ontario reopens restaurant patios

TORONTO -- Whistle while you work to help Ontario bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic -- but please, don't sing. More Details

6/16/2020


All but Toronto, Peel and Windsor can move to Stage 2 on June 19, 2020

The premier says all of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area except for Toronto and Peel region can move to Stage 2 of reopening on June 19. More Details

6/15/2020


First fully automated restaurant to open in Toronto

Box'd, Canada's first fully automated restaurant, is set to open in Toronto's Financial District on June 18. PARAMOUNT FINE FOOD / PARAMOUNT FINE FOOD More Details

6/13/2020

Restaurant capacity limits eased as B.C. marks 6 days without a COVID-19 death

B.C. has marked a sixth straight day without a death from COVID-19, but Dr. Bonnie Henry is drawing attention to the province's other health emergency with a tearful statement about the overdose crisis. More Details

6/11/2020


Even as restaurants are reopening, most are still operating at a loss

As foodservice businesses continue to reopen their doors to diners, Restaurants Canada is calling on all levels of government to ensure they have what they need to survive the road to recovery. More Details

6/11/2020


Just Eat Takeaway.com confirms advanced talks with GrubHub

Just Eat Takeaway.com NV is in talks to buy meal-delivery company Grubhub Inc, in a bid to launch itself in the U.S. and become a major rival to Uber Technologies Inc. More Details

6/10/2020

Starbucks to close up to 200 stores in Canada even after COVID-19

Coffee chain Starbucks says it plans to close up to 200 stores in Canada in the next two years, even after the economy gets back to normal after COVID-19. More Details

6/10/2020


Inclusion & Anti-Racism in Canadian Foodservice and Hospitality

The foodservice and hospitality industry is made up of many Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, and new Canadians, who all contribute to our industry, and it could not function without their input and work. More Details

6/10/2020


Ontario Proposing Temporary Ban on Commercial Evictions

Government to introduce changes to the Commercial Tenancies Act to protect small businesses. More Details​

6/8/2020

Province says it is 'cutting red tape' to make it easier for bars, restaurants to open and expand patios

The province has announced new measures that will make it easier for licensed bars and restaurants to open or expand patios when they are given the green light to reopen. More Details

6/8/2020

Is it safe to dine on a patio during COVID-19?

TORONTO -- As warmer temperatures give way to summer, many Canadians are eager to get outside and enjoy a meal with friends at a local patio​. More Details

6/7/2020

National unemployment rate hits new record even as economy adds jobs

OTTAWA — Canada clawed back 289,600 jobs in May as provincial governments began easing public health restrictions and businesses reopened, Statistics Canada said Friday. More Details

6/5/2020

City details plan to allow restaurants and bars to expand patios onto sidewalks, curb lanes

Mayor John Tory says the city has been working with the province on a plan to allow restaurants and bars to increase the number of tables outside while allowing patrons and staff to maintain physical distancing. More Details

6/4/2020


Hospitality sector begins to feel hopeful but requires more federal support

David Lefèbvre, federal vice president for Restaurants Canada, joins BNN Bloomberg to discuss how the restaurant sector is navigating the COVID-19 shutdown and what more needs to be done by the federal government to help aid the sector survive the pandemic. More Details

6/3/2020


Navigating COVID-19: Updates and resources for foodservice operators

Restaurants Canada continues to be at the table, working with all levels of government to ensure the concerns of the foodservice community are being addressed, while working with our partners and other key stakeholders to ensure our industry has access to relevant resources. More Details

6/3/2020

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