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Richards chats with FIG & James Beard award winner Chef Mike Lata

105.5 The Bridge

For restaurant week, Richard Todd caught up with James Beard Award winner & owner of Charleston’s FIG (Food Is Good) & The Ordinary, Chef Mike Lata. He along with dozens of other local restaurants in the Lowcountry & over 2000 businesses nationwide are supporting the Coalition to Stop Restaurant Tariffs.

Trump Administration Issues Another Round of Tariffs on U.S. Wine Industry

Wine Enthusiast

On December 30, the Trump administration announced it would add a 25% tariff to certain European wines. It’s an extension of the tariffs the government originally levied in 2019 and came after the European Union (E.U.) announced it would tax some U.S. goods in an escalating trade war.

Joe Biden can save restaurants with the stroke of a pen. Here’s how.

The Washington Post

Restaurants have tried virtually everything to survive the pandemic. They’ve increased outdoor seating and added plexiglass screens between tables to reassure diners. They’ve adopted no-contact ordering apps and ramped up takeout. And they’ve expanded delivery options.
But their balance sheets remain bleak. Even some of the most popular establishments haven’t made it.

RESTAURANT TRANSITIONS: Restaurant shows dark in evenings

Arkansas Democrat Gazette

One of our eagle-eyed readers reports seeing the sign and the interior of Hunan Palace Express, 2906 MacArthur Blvd., North Little Rock, “totally dark when I pass by around 6:15 each evening.”

Restaurateur Mark Firth on WBZ Boston

WBZ NewsRadio 1030

[The 25% tariff on European goods] really is an extra nail in the coffin for small businesses…Everybody’s being hurt by this, and then you throw in a pandemic. I mean, I wouldn’t be surprised if half the restaurants close in the Northeast in the next six months if at least this isn’t reversed…Joe, get rid of these tariffs.

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