Napa Valley tasting rooms adapt to the pandemic

Faced with unprecedented disruption in demand following Gov. Gavin Newsom’s call for tasting rooms state-wide to close, many of Napa Valley’s wineries have been forced to rethink their business models. Read the Napa Valley Register story here

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Simon closes all 200 malls, 110 retailers shutter stores

Mall operator Simon Property Group closed its 200 US malls and outlet centers at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The move came as more than 110 US retailers, from Abercrombie & Fitch to Warby Parker, also made the decision to close their stores amid the coronavirus outbreak. Read the Forbes story here

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Milwaukee to let restaurants create carryout parking zones

The city of Milwaukee is trying to help restaurants switch to the new carryout-only world by letting them reserve two street parking spaces outside their front door for customers. Read The Business Journals story here

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Tourism leader says Atlanta hotel use may fall 80%

Hotel occupancy in Atlanta could plummet as much as 80% in April and 74% in May because of the COVID-19 chill, the city's tourism chief warns. Read The Business Journals story here

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Domino’s recruiting as delivery demand grows

Domino's aims to hire 10,000 new employees to handle the surge in delivery demand amid the coronavirus outbreak. The chain will hire for positions across the board, including pizza makers, drivers and store managers. Read the Nation's Restaurant News story here

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Restaurants get creative to help their communities in crisis

As the foodservice industry enters crisis mode during the coronavirus pandemic, and restaurant traffic continues to dwindle while brands rely on delivery and takeout, community giving is on the rise. Read the Nation's Restaurant News story here

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Philly puts bike shops on the essential list

Philadelphia has deemed bicycle shops to be essential businesses during the pandemic, as residents look for solo means of transportation. The shops are seeing a surge in demand, and owners say they're taking steps like disinfecting bikes and limiting face-to-face contact to protect staff and customers. Read the WHYY-TV/WHYY-FM story here

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Noble Investment acquires Nashville, Tennessee Hyatt for $58M

Mountain Shore Properties has sold Hyatt House Nashville/Downtown-SoBro, a 217-key hotel in Nashville, Tennesse for $57.8 million, according to public records. The buyer, Noble Investment Group, took $52.1 million in acquisition financing from Truist Bank to close the deal. The hospitality property opened its doors in February, more than two years after breaking ground in late 2017. Read the Commercial Property Executive story here

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Urban Air plans to open new location in Mentor, Ohio

Plans have been unveiled to add an Urban Air Adventure Park at the Erie Commons Shopping Center in Mentor, Ohio. The 65,000-square-foot facility will feature indoor go-karting, trampolines and ziplines. A conditional use permit from the city planning commission will be considered at an April 16 meeting. Read The News-Herald story here

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Minnesota eateries pitch in to feed people in need

A number of restaurants in Minnesota's Twin Cities are cooking and serving meals for people in need, from laid-off restaurant employees to children for whom no school often means no lunch. Read the Star Tribune story here

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