Some Starbucks, Chipotle Sites Cut Hours, Limit Seating Over Omicron

Diners are feeling a sense of déjà vu as restaurants are again selling food for takeout only, closing dining-room seating or shortening hours as the Omicron variant of Covid-19 spreads. Chains such as Starbucks Corp. SBUX -2.23% and Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. CMG -0.62% said they are temporarily limiting operations at individual stores or regions … Read more

People Really Want to Ski. Vail Is Racing to Keep Up.

Vail Resorts MTN 2.12% operates a growing empire of dozens of top ski properties around the world. This season it is plowing into a blizzard of problems. There were long lines for chairlifts at major Vail resorts in Colorado, Utah and California over the holidays, and angry customers aired their complaints on social media. Other … Read more

McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski Is Learning to Lead in Uncertain Times

CHICAGO—McDonald’s Corp. Chief Executive Chris Kempczinski is starting the year at the helm of one of the world’s most recognizable restaurant brands battling the latest coronavirus variant, rising inflation and workforce shortages. Longer term, he is trying to figure out how to maintain growth at a company whose products feel outdated to many young consumers … Read more

Restaurants Seek Federal Aid as Omicron Surge Threatens Another Hard Winter

Small restaurants are heading back to Congress for help, saying their challenges are worsening as the Omicron variant drives a surge in Covid-19 cases across the country. Nearly two years into the pandemic, U.S. restaurants and bars are dealing with higher costs, accumulating debts and customers fearful of the latest virus variants, according to a … Read more

Deliveroo, Probing Restaurant-Delivery Snags, Plans to Open Own Eatery

Deliveroo PLC, a food-delivery company based in the U.K. and backed by Amazon.com Inc., plans to open its own pizza parlor in London in an effort to better understand restaurateurs. The drawbacks to the delivery experience have become familiar: Helmet-clad drivers and cyclists form knots at restaurants as they wait to pick up orders, doors … Read more

Omicron and the Week America Is Calling In Sick

Hundreds of first responders in Los Angeles are out sick or quarantined due to Covid-19. A hotel staffing company is flying housekeepers to Florida and Texas to fill in for absent staff. A medical laboratory in Denver doesn’t have enough staff to send people to nursing homes to take blood samples. The first full week … Read more

Host of changes in GST law to come into effect from January 1

The GST regime will see a host of tax rate and procedural changes coming into effect from January 1, including liability on e-commerce operators to pay tax on services provided through them by way of passenger transport or restaurant services. Also, the correction in inverted duty structure in footwear and textile sectors would come into … Read more

How dining out has changed in 2021: Sustainable food choices, vegan and plant based diets among key trends

In 2021, thanks to vaccines and gradual lifting of restrictions, the Indian fine dining scene has witnessed a revival of sorts. More families are dining out and not waiting for just weekends. Even those tiny takeaways in the neighborhood are full with customers waiting in queue! Dining out options are plenty but the experience isn’t … Read more

Altria can’t sell Iqos in the U.S. as Biden administration opts to not intervene in patent dispute

Philip Morris International shows an iQOS electronic cigarette, which heats tobacco sticks but does not burn them. Fabrice Coffrini | AFP | Getty Images Altria and Philip Morris International are no longer able to sell or import Iqos tobacco devices in the U.S. after the Biden administration opted to take no action on an ongoing … Read more

Coronary Artery Disease: Reboot Your Eating Habits

Michael Capalbo used to subsist mostly on meals in restaurants and takeouts. “I just thought I was immortal,” says the 54-year-old Connecticut salesman. “I was literally living on burgers and wings and pizza and stuff like that.” Then in April of 2020, while at work at Walgreens, Capalbo had a massive heart attack caused by … Read more