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It’s official: Takeout booze from Ontario’s restaurants and bars is here to stay

Booze to go is officially here to stay in Ontario. More Details


'90%-95% of a restaurant's business is within their four walls': Restaurants Canada CEO

Todd Barclay, CEO and president of Restaurants Canada, joins BNN Bloomberg to discuss their call for coordinated national action as the food and restaurant sector grapples with the devastating fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. More Details


Tory says rollout of LCBO, SkipTheDishes partnership 'ill-timed'

Mayor John Tory says the timing of a new delivery deal between SkipTheDishes and the LCBO “could be better” given that many struggling restaurants in the city need alcohol sales to stay afloat. More Details


Long-awaited federal rent subsidy for businesses hurt by COVID-19 starts today

Businesses struggling to pay the bills because of the COVID-19 pandemic will be able to start applying today for a long-awaited new commercial rent relief program offered by the federal government. More Details


After spending to navigate coronavirus, Toronto-area businesses face uncertain future with lockdown

Toronto and Peel Region brace for a 28-day lockdown beginning on Monday amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, some say planning uncertainty and thousands spent to adapt to the pandemic mean an uncertain future. More Details


Government needs to help with hospitality sector's insurance premiums: Liberty Entertainment CEO

BNN Bloomberg speaks with Nick Di Donato, president and CEO of Liberty Entertainment Group. He talks about the key challenges facing his sector, as an operator of restaurants and special event venues. More Details


Toronto dining ban 'stepping on the restaurants' throats

Outspoken restaurateur Andrew Oliver says the City of Toronto is “absolutely gutting the hospitality industry” with its decision Tuesday to extend an indoor dining ban by a further 28 days. More Details


Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy

The new rent subsidy would be available retroactive to September 27, 2020, until June 2021. More Details


Ontario government punishes all restaurants for the bad deeds of the few.’ Perspective from a local restaurant owner.

As the owner of a small restaurant in Toronto’s west end, I can’t help but feel there are forces greater than COVID-19 moving against us. More Details


Stricter mask rules, earlier closing times may be 'trade-offs' for indoor dining to resume

Stricter guidelines for wearing masks inside restaurants and earlier closing times are some of the "trade-offs” this city is considering in order to safely reopen indoor dining rooms in Toronto. More Details


Toronto to ask province to cap fees charged by food delivery service companies

Toronto city council has decided to ask the province to put a temporary cap on commissions charged by food delivery service companies. More Details


Struggling restaurant sector facing higher insurance premiums

Already hit hard by the pandemic, the restaurant sector is now also facing higher insurance costs. BNN Bloomberg's David George-Cosh has the details. More Details


Small Business Relief Fund Announced by Federal Government

Yesterday, during Small Business Week, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, announced an investment of $12 million to support the Canada United Small Business Relief Fund. More Details


Coronavirus: Toronto considers changing by-laws to allow restaurant patios to be open in winter

Toronto’s Planning and Housing Committee is considering changes to existing zoning by-laws at its Tuesday meeting, which would be necessary to allow patios to operate into the winter amid the coronavirus pandemic. More Details


Ontario restaurants near virus hot spots weigh safety-vs-profit with locals-only dining

TORONTO -- Some southern Ontario restaurants are making the tough financial choice to bar out-of-town customers from indoor dining as COVID-19 cases surge in nearby hot spots. More Details


Southern Ont. restaurants consider banning patrons from COVID-19 hotspots

Some southern Ontario restaurants are making the tough financial choice to bar out-of-town customers from indoor dining as COVID-19 cases surge in nearby hot spots. More Details


Ford urges food delivery companies to slash commission to help restaurants survive second wave

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is urging food delivery companies to slash their commission rates for restaurants in the province's three COVID-19 hotspots that were forced to restrict indoor dining for the next 28 days. More Details


Ontario Continues to Support Restaurants During COVID-19 Pandemic

Province Helping to Offset Fixed Costs and Permitting Alcohol with Delivery and Takeout Food Orders More Details


The restaurant industry has been left behind: Oliver & Bonacini CEO

Andrew Oliver, president and CEO of Oliver & Bonacini discusses the phasing out of the CERB program and what it means for the food service industry. More Details


What’s next for the restaurant industry?

The past few months have been both tumultuous and a period of big revelation for the restaurant industry. More Details


As economy recovers, some Toronto restaurants commit to end tipping

TORONTO — As the Canadian economy continues to adapt to the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, some restaurants in Toronto are saying goodbye to a service industry staple: tipping. More Details


Remote work could spell doom for the Canadian restaurant industry

The Canadian restaurant industry could lose up to $20 billion in revenue in the next year, thanks in large part to the number of workers who plan to telecommute, according to a new report. More Details


‘It’s the right thing to do’: Toronto restaurant scraps tipping

Toronto restaurant has stopped accepting tips in a move the owner says is an effort to more fairly compensate staff. More Details


Ontario to collect contact info from bar, restaurant patrons: Alert app ready for download

Ontario's bars and restaurants will have to collect the name and contact information of partons, keep the records for at least one month. More Details


Toronto chef bans tipping at his restaurant

The time for no tipping in Canadian restaurants has arrived. More Details


Toronto to enter Stage 3 of reopening on Friday but Mayor Tory wants more restrictions for restaurants and bars.

As of Friday July 31, at 12:01 a.m., additional businesses and public spaces will be reopening in Toronto and Peel Region as the Ontario government allows them to move into Stage 3 of their reopening plan. More Details


Commercial rent assistance is still a complete mess: CFIB CEO

Dan Kelly says CECRA needs to be remodeled so that more small businesses are eligible noting that a majority of them cannot rehire staff or meet sales numbers that can get them out of the holes they are in. More Details


Ford not considering rollbacks due to higher case numbers; Tam urges caution in visits to restaurants, bars
Premier Doug Ford not considering rolling back communities to Stage 2 despite higher numbers. More Details

Ontario reports 137 new COVID-19 cases with majority in people under the age of 40
In Stage 3, indoor dining at a restaurant, or drinking in a pub, are allowed. Gyms and movie theatres are also allowed to reopen. More Details

I can't say our restaurants will be okay as pandemic continues: Owner of Reyna Toronto
Nicki Laborie, founder and owner of Reyna Toronto, joins BNN Bloomberg as a food and beverage industry veteran to discuss how her restaurants and the sector are fighting for survival amid the COVID-19 restrictions. More Details
Going to a patio? Here's what some Toronto servers want you to know
Serving tables takes longer under new COVID-19 public health protocols, industry workers say, urging customers to have patience. More Details

What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Friday
Today marks the start of Ontario's Stage 3 reopening plan in eastern Ontario, including in Ottawa. More Details

New Brunswick offers funds for restaurant training videos
Restaurants have been some of the hardest hit businesses in the Maritimes, and New Brunswick announced funding for new online training for the industry to help owners adjust to new requirements. More Details

Canadian winter set to further chill sales of restaurants amid pandemic
Canada’s restaurants are counting the days to the country’s notoriously cold and long winters, knowing that patio dining. More Details

Surge in curb lane closures to hit Toronto this week for restaurant patios
The City of Toronto launched a CaféTO installation and expansion blitz over the weekend, which means a surge in curb lane closures will be seen throughout the week. More Details

Restaurants may be reopening, but that doesn’t make indoor dining safe: experts
Dining inside a restaurant is an experience many Ontarians haven’t had in months, since the province entered a state of emergency in March due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. More Details

This is how things are going at Toronto restaurants with patio service
Amid the pandemic, the reopening of patios in Toronto has drastically changed the landscape of the city in just a few short weeks. More Details

Customer leaves restaurant staff $1,000 tip to thank them for working through the pandemic
The staff at a New Jersey restaurant that has been struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic were moved to tears after a regular customer left them a $1,000 tip. More Details

A third of Canada’s foodservice workforce is still unemployed: survey
TORONTO -- New data from Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey revealed that 164,000 foodservice and accommodation jobs were recovered in June More Details

What Stage 3 of Ontario's COVID-19 reopening plan could look like
With new coronavirus cases on a steady downward trend since early June, much of Ontario is poised to move to Stage 3 of the province's reopening plan soon, officials suggested this week. More details
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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


'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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Ontario Pauses Commercial Evictions

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Just Eat confirms advanced talks with GrubHub

Just Eat 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


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


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


Ontario Proposing Temporary Ban on Commercial Evictions

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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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