State of Restaurants Panel: While restaurants are still struggling amidst the pandemic--with staff shortages, exhaustion and supply chain delays as added complications--the panelists who participated in the engaging October 26 panel, “The State of Restaurants,” seemed hopeful that the worst is behind us. Moderator Charissa Benjamin, founding partner of Savor PR, moderated the conversation with Kathy Hollinger, president and CEO of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington; Micheline Mendelsohn, deputy chief executive officer of the Sunnyside Restaurant Group, and Jeanine Prime, co-owner of Cane and St. James restaurants. On the silver lining side, the women agreed that they had made stronger connections with others in the restaurant industry, and that as busy working mothers, the time they spent at home made them realize how to slow down and say ‘no’ to non-essential projects. Trends likely to continue: QR codes for ordering, delivery services, alcohol-to-go. Is the honeymoon over for the public’s compassion towards restaurants? “Way over,” said Micheline. “That ship has sailed.” Click here if you missed this event but would like to watch it now.
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