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With Businesses Re-Opening, The New Challenge is Decreased Demand

When will demand go back to normal? When consumers feel safe. The United States is now in day 223 of the Coronavirus pandemic that brought the world's economies to screatching halts. While we've learend a lot about how much wearing masks and socially distancing can help keep us safe, consumers are still leery. New market research shows that despite many states allowing businesses to reopen — even movie theatres and gyms in some locations — people are still largely avoiding activites we used to regard as normal and safe. Restaurants and the aforementioned gyms and theatres have been hit especially hard, despite going to great lengths to make dining as safe as possible in the face of COVID-19. USA Today quotes industry newletter Restaurant Dive, who says that "Restaurants now reflect the highest total number of business clossures". The National Restaurant Association estimates that about 100,000 restaurants nationwide have permanently closed, unable to survive the initial "temporary" closures that dragged on for months. While many businesses were able to pivot, at least somewhat successfullly, to new business models including delivery and takeout, many were not able to sustain their operations.

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The Pandemic is Increasing Our Consumption of Single-Use Plastics

Consumers have slowly been moving towards more sustainable products and practices for decades now, with efforts ranging from high-level federal regulations, all the way to individual efforts like the improved multi-use products, composting, and trendy sustainable agriculture. In the era of Covid, some of those sustainable practices are going out the window in the name of sanitation and safety. Specifically, the use of single-use containers and plastic-ware is on the rise as more diners opt for delivery and take-out service. With the pandemic showing no signs of slowing down in the U.S., we could be poised to reverse some of the environmental progress that has been made as we all adjust to life without in-restaurant dining. 

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Add Items to Your Cart for a Shipping Quote

For most orders and shipping destinations, you can get a freight quote right on our website before checkout! Just follow the simple steps below to check the shipping costs on the items you want to purchase.

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Our New All-Weather Ladder Back Chair

In the era of COVID, outdoor dining is going to become more important than ever for restaurants who have been struggling through the pandemic. That is why we are so excited about our latest indoor / outdoor chair, the All-Weather Ladder Back Chair. These sturdy chairs are made to withstand the rigors of restaurant and hotel use, while also providing a stylish and comfortable seating option. They are built with outdoor use in mind, and are made from injection-molded propylene that is strong enough to be used outdoors year-round, in any weather, with only light cleaning required. These chairs are virtually indestructible, and feature a single piece frame that can support up to 500 lbs. 

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SF District Attorney Files Against DoorDash for Unfair Practices

The San Francisco district attorney’s office has set its sights on the largest delivery service in the US, DoorDash. The city is suing the start-up food delivery service, alleging unfair business practices and worker misclassification. The worker misclassification accusation makes sense, California recently clarified state laws regarding worker classification (whether a worker is an employee or contractor). California is actually the first state in the nation to pass laws surrounding worker misclassification, and recently filed similar lawsuits against Uber and Lyft (in fact, as reported by The Verge, DoorDash is actually helping fund Uber & Lyft’s effort to stymie the law).

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What Restaurants & Bars Need to Do to Resume Operations

With states and counties throughout the country now allowing restaurants and bars to partially or fully resume business, many business owners and customers are wondering what dining looks like in a COVID-19 laden world. We’ve posted a few things with tips and speculations, but the state of California has released a document with some firm guidance for hospitality businesses. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has also released guidance specifically for restaurants. Keep reading for more details on what you’ll need to do to make sure your business is compliant. 

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Delivery Services Under Fire for Excessive Fees During Coronavirus

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Start-up style delivery services like Grubhub, UberEats and DoorDash are all coming into focus during the pandemic, as would-be restaurant goers settle for eating their favorite takeout at home. It’s been known for some time now that these services are all funded by venture capital, and rarely (if ever) turn a profit. That start-up mentality leads to a lot of pressure for growth, sometimes at the expense of the service’s restaurants and users. A new BuzzFeed News post is pointing a finger at GrubHub. The service has been hijacking restaurant’s online information, leading to GrubHub charging restaurants outrageous commissions for orders that really should have nothing to do with the delivery service.

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What Will Change About Dining Out After COVID-19?

It has now been emonths since one of the United State’s most populous cities enacted one of the first shelter-in-place mandates in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. California, with the largest economy of any state, has been shut down for nearly as long. While people around the country are just getting used to staying home full time, some locations like Georgia are already looking to reopen restaurants and other businesses. While there are still more questions than answers about what dining out will look like post COVID-19, we can look around the nation and the globe for clues as to how business owners and regulators will handle the increased need for space and sanitation. Today.com asked some experts to weigh in on what restaurants are doing, what regulators are planning, and what we can look forward to in the coming months as we all try to get back to normal.

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Our Favorite Recipes to Make While Social Distancing

Social distancing is bound to end up as the buzz word of 2020. With so many people staying home, either alone or with family, now seems like a good time to compile our favorite recipes! If we’re going to be stuck at home, we may as well be eating, right? We asked around the www.tablebases.com office to see what our staff is cooking while they are social distancing. Spoiler alert: most of us are making warm, heavy, comfort food dishes. Keep reading to see the recipes that are helping us cope during this very strange time. Side note, although we should be minimizing exposure to other people, restaurants are still trying to stay afloat. So in between making these fabulous recipes, make sure you take advantage of your favorite eatery's take-out options if you are able!

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A Pizzeria Owner Made Money by Ordering His Own Pizza's Through DoorDash

With the pandemic still fully gripping much of the world, food delivery has become a staple for many. We may not be able to go sit down at a restaurant and enjoy the hospitality, but we can still enjoy restaurant food at home. DoorDash and other services latch onto restaurants that don't offer their own delivery service, and bridge the gap to customers who want the convenience of delivery. Well, in a strange twist of fate for one restaurant owner, he found he was able to make money by ordering his own pizza's through DoorDash.

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