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  1. 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). Continue reading →
  2. 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.  Continue reading →
  3. Delivery Services Under Fire for Excessive Fees During Coronavirus

    Delivery Driver 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. Continue reading →
  4. 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. Continue reading →
  5. 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 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! Continue reading →
  6. 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. Continue reading →
  7. How COVID-19 Is Affecting Product Availability and Shipping Times

    We know that the current pandemic is affecting many of our customer's businesses and projects, and we want to make sure that we do everything we can to keep our operations uninterrupted so that we can continue to provide the products you need in a timely manner. We are currently working with reduced staff, and shipment carriers are seeing some delays with pickups and deliveries. Continue reading →
  8. Stuck at Home During Quarantine? Take a Virtual Road Trip with Google Maps

    The grass always looks greener on the other side, and never has that felt more true than while we are all stuck in our homes, sheltering in place so we can do our part to flatten the curve. You know where we’d rather be right now? On a road trip, getting some fresh air, spreading our wings and taking in new sights. While that isn’t feasible right now, we can get part way there with the help of technology (with the added bonus of doing so with a much lower carbon footprint). Just like you’ve been visiting with Grandma on Zoom calls, the magic of images and the internet help virtually transport you and your family to another place. You can turn it into a cultural or scientific lesson for young ones, a vista hunting expedition, or to plan out your next expedition (once it’s safe to travel). Using Google Earth or Google Maps, we can explore far away hiking spots and iconic world wonders with 360 degree photos. Continue reading →
  9. Quarantine Crafts: DIY Driftwood Blacket & Towel Rack

    While we are all stuck at home (many of us with children), crafting is less a way to pass the time and more a necessity for keeping sane. Here's a fun project idea that manages to be be simple, inexpensive and chic all at once. All you need are some simple tools, some gathered driftwood, and (optionally) your favorite color paint. You can create a sturdy and trendy towel rack that will add some character to your bathroom or bedroom, make the perfect backdrop for Instagram selfies, and provide you with a few hours of entertainment while you make it! Driftwood comes in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes, so you can customize your piece to suit your space and your style. Keep reading for all the details. Continue reading →
  10. Bay Area Restaurants Pivot to Community Service

    Restaurants country-wide are shuttered as shelter-in-place orders continue throughout many regions. With most customers wisely choosing to stay at home to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, restaurant sales have plummeted. To help keep the lights on and keep some employees on payroll, restaurants across the nation are getting creative. While some are moving to a takeout model, others are looking in a different direction. Some businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area are pivoting to non-profit work in order to both do some good for their community and keep their businesses open. They’re feeding “the homeless, the out of work, and the first responders fighting the virus”. Continue reading →