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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Leadership shakeup at Ferndale’s Imperial over sexual harassment allegations shows need for union for service industry workers

Posted By on Thu, Jul 9, 2020 at 5:00 PM

On Thursday, July 2, Jeff King resigned as the daily operations manager of Working Class Outlaws, the restaurant group that runs Ferndale’s popular taco spot Imperial. The sudden resignation came a day after a former Imperial employee shared screenshots of anonymous claims in a Facebook post that included allegations of sexual...

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Saugatuck ice cream shop denies it received — or even asked for — millions of federal coronavirus relief funds

Posted By on Thu, Jul 9, 2020 at 2:42 PM

A Saugatuck business owner says she was perplexed to learn that her small ice cream shop was awarded a hefty $2 million of Paycheck Protection Program coronavirus relief funds — at least according to a database released by the U.S. Small Business Administration on Monday. Owner Lisa Freeman says...

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Gov. Whitmer bans indoor service at bars due to coronavirus spread

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2020 at 4:33 PM

Following news of at least 107 coronavirus cases that could be traced to Harper's Restaurant & Brew Pub in East Lansing, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order temporarily banning indoor bar service in much of Michigan. Executive Order 2020-143 orders indoor service in bars across the state to...

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Gov. Whitmer signs cocktails-to-go bills into law

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2020 at 3:47 PM

Cocktails-to-go are a go. Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a package of bills into law on Wednesday that will offer some help to the bar and restaurant industry, which has been hurt badly by the coronavirus pandemic. The package of bills will allow bars and restaurants to sell cocktails-to-go in...

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

No, Whitmer isn't re-closing dine-in restaurants in Lansing and Grand Rapids due to the coronavirus... yet

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2020 at 4:47 PM

The office of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer refuted a Fox 2 story that erroneously reported the state was dialing back the reopening of economies in Lansing and Grand Rapids due to the coronavirus. "The Lansing region has been moved back to Phase 2 of Michigan's COVID-19 reopening plan while the...

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

As Michigan's restaurants reopen, some hospitality workers think customers should stay home

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2020 at 1:03 PM

After being forced to close due to the coronavirus, Michigan's restaurants and bars were allowed to reopen earlier this month, with some caveats, including lower capacities to allow for social distancing and mandatory masks, which guests can take off once they're seated. In Ann Arbor, the city has allowed...

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Cocktails-to-go bills headed to Whitmer's desk

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2020 at 12:16 PM

The bar and restaurant industry, hit hard by the coronavirus crisis, could get a boost thanks to a package of bills that would allow them to sell cocktails-to-go in sealed containers that could be consumed at home or in designated outdoor areas. The bills passed the House on Wednesday...

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Dress codes can often be racist, the Waterford bar just said the quiet part out loud

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2020 at 11:00 AM

A Waterford bar got in hot water last week after a guest posted a photo of its dress code, which banned "ghetto gear," among other items, like "wife beaters," sideways baseball hats, and baggy clothes. "It felt like a modern-day no colored sign to me," Morgaen Jazziette, who took...

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Friday, June 19, 2020

Detroit restaurant The Block has reopened for carry-out and delivery

Posted By on Fri, Jun 19, 2020 at 1:23 PM

Another Black-owned business has reopened in Detroit. Midtown brunch spot The Block, owned by sisters Stephanie and Cristina Byrd, is now open for carry-out and delivery service. The restaurant ceased operations in March when Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered all dine-in restaurants to close amid the coronavirus pandemic. The sisters...

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