Washington eateries will be required to keep a guest log

Restaurants in Washington state will have to keep a log of all dine-in guests, including contact information, for 30 days under rules regulating reopening. The rules are designed to facilitate contact tracing to identify who may have come into contact with an infected person. Read the Restaurant Business online story here

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July debut still planned for Rockaway Hotel in New York

The city's economy is on pause but the owners of the new Rockaway Hotel are moving ahead with plans for a grand opening sometime in July. Read the NY1 story here

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Proposed hotel would stand out in Chapel Hill, NC

A Wisconsin developer wants to build a hotel on West Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill that could be six stories taller than surrounding homes and businesses. Read The News & Observer story here

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Graduate Hotel plan advances in Auburn, Alabama

A new hotel proposed for downtown Auburn got conditional approval recently, but concerns linger about how much parking it should have. Read the Opelika-Auburn News story here

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New boutique hotel defies grim trend in Tucson, Arizona

At a time when Arizona's hospitality industry is furloughing its workforce and temporarily closing resorts, a new boutique hotel in Tucson is holding virtual job fairs. Read the USA Today story here

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Hotels excluded from Disney Springs return

While its theme parks and resort hotels remain temporarily closed, the phased reopening of Disney Springs is a welcome milestone. Read the Seeking Alpha story here

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Lidl’s latest store takes a new real estate approach

Lidl opened a store in Atlanta that was a departure for the chain, which usually prefers freestanding stores. The location in Norcross, part of a neighborhood shopping center, occupies a space formerly leased to Earth Fare and is adjacent to a Tuesday Morning store, and does not feature Lidl's signature design elements, such as an arched roof and large windows. Read the Progressive Grocer story here

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San Diego restaurant gets creative with Parking Lot Picnics

Mama Kat's in San Diego began offering an outdoor dining option that lets diners bring blankets, chairs and beverages so they can eat their restaurant meals outside at a safe distance from other guests. Owner Michael Herrera said the Parking Lot Picnics have been sold-out every night. Read the Forbes story here

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June 1 debut set for Loews Kansas City Hotel

After delaying its opening because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Loews Kansas City Hotel will officially open on June 1. Read the KSHB-TV story here

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Site being cleared for Fla. city’s first downtown hotel

Construction of Inverness’ first downtown hotel is slated to begin in two months as heavy equipment does away with the last of the former Baptist church that called the location home for decades. Read the Citrus County Chronicle story here

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