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NC restaurant workers battle worries amid COVID restrictions

Jan. 18, 2021 12:01 AM EST

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Dave Byrley opened Iconic Kitchen and Drinks in 2020 near McCormick Field, banking on the soon-to-come traffic from the ballfield and under-construction condos. “There’s no way I could have predicted a global pandemic,” he said. Byrley signed a lease right before...

Whiskey tasting room manager Melinda Maddox moves a propane-fueled outdoor space heater in downtown Fort Collins, Colo., in preparation for opening on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. Maddox and other bar and restaurant managers say they've sometimes struggled to find propane necessary for space heaters while they seat customers outside to comply with coronavirus public health restrictions. (AP Photo/Mead Gruver)

Restaurants, bars scramble for propane amid pandemic winter

Jan. 16, 2021 11:32 AM EST

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — With coronavirus restrictions forcing bars and restaurants to seat customers outside in the dead of winter, many are scrambling to nab erratic supplies of propane that fuel space heaters they’re relying on more than ever to keep people comfortable in the cold. It's one of...

A bag of MrBeast burgers, delivered to the parking lot of the Town Center Barnes & Noble in Virginia Beach, Va., in January 2021. MrBeast is not a traditional restaurant, in the sense that you can’t actually go there. They also lack so much as a phone number. The burger spot instead has a shadowy and somewhat tenuous existence: findable only on delivery apps, and only if your address happens to fall within the delivery radius. (Matthew Korfhage/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

The strange, underground world of ghost kitchens in Virginia

Jan. 16, 2021 9:00 AM EST

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — I have arrived at a neutral location — the parking lot of a Virginia Beach Barnes & Noble — to procure a bag of hamburgers that can’t be found at any restaurant. The burgers in question are not good, as it turns out. They are, in fact, barely edible. But...

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2021 file photo, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker gives an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in Illinois during a press conference at the Illinois State Capitol, in Springfield, Ill. On Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, Pritzker said the spread of COVID-19 has slowed sufficiently that he's easing restrictions in three Illinois regions, although strict rules will remain in place in Chicago and other parts of the state. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP File)

Governor eases COVID restrictions in 3 Illinois regions

Jan. 15, 2021 7:04 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The spread of COVID-19 has slowed enough to ease restrictions in three Illinois regions but in other areas, including Chicago, tougher restrictions will remain in place, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Friday. Pritzker also announced some encouraging news for bars and restaurants, saying during...

Indoor dining in some NY hot spots outside NYC after lawsuit

Jan. 14, 2021 9:32 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Restaurants in some COVID-19 hot spots in New York state can once again offer limited indoor dining in the wake of the latest lawsuit against Gov. Andrew Cuomo's virus restrictions, while a ban remains in place in New York City. Up to four people per table can now dine inside...

Construction workers wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus exit an elevator in Beijing, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. China is concentrating its pandemic prevention efforts in the rural areas as officials urge people to not travel home for the annual Lunar New Year festival, as the country combats its most serious latest outbreak of COVID-19 since the pandemic originally broke out in Wuhan a year ago. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Coronavirus cases surging in northeast China

Jan. 13, 2021 9:27 PM EST

BEIJING — China is seeing a new surge in coronavirus cases in its frozen northeast, and has reported its first death attributed to COVID-19 in months. Officials said Thursday that Heilongjiang province in the region traditionally known as Manchuria recorded 43 new virus cases, most of them centered on the...

Diners sit at the Carver Hangar, a restaurant in Boring, Ore., on Jan. 6, 2021. As coronavirus deaths soar, a growing number of restaurants like Carver Hangar in states across the country are reopening in defiance of strict COVID-19 rules that have shut them down for indoor dining for weeks, or even months. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

Defiance of virus dining bans grows as restaurants flounder

Jan. 13, 2021 6:08 PM EST

BORING, Ore. (AP) — A line formed out the door during the lunch rush at the Carver Hangar, a family-owned restaurant and sports bar, and waitresses zipped in and out of the kitchen trying to keep up with orders as customers backed up in the lobby. Indoor dining has been banned in much of Oregon for nearly...

Ontario Premier Doug Ford looks on as the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Canada is administered to personal support worker Anita Quidangen by registered nurse Hiwot Arfaso at The Michener Institute in Toronto on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

The Latest: Fla. lawyer in tobacco cases dies from COVID-19

Jan. 12, 2021 9:39 PM EST

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Florida attorney Fred Levin, who won a major legal battle against the tobacco industry in the 1990s, has died several days after contracting the coronavirus. He was 83. An attorney at the Levin Papantonio Rafferty legal firm says Levin died Tuesday from complications of COVID-19, the...

Minnesota businesses reopen as cases of virus variant appear

Jan. 11, 2021 6:28 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Some Minnesota bars and restaurants began reopening at half capacity on Monday, eager to get back in business under loosening restrictions even as a new coronavirus variant moves into the state. The arrival of the variant, first identified in the United Kingdom in September and announced...

A waiter prepares an order of crepes Suzette inside Argentine grill Quebracho, in the Cuauhtemoc neighborhood of Mexico City, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. More than three weeks into Mexico City's second pandemic shutdown some restaurateurs worried about their ability to survive ignored official warnings and opened limited seating Monday under the slogan,

Some Mexico City restaurants reopen defying pandemic rules

Jan. 11, 2021 6:02 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — More than three weeks into Mexico City’s second pandemic shutdown some restaurants ignored official warnings and opened with limited seating Monday under the slogan “Open or Die.” This second shutdown has been even more painful for restaurant owners and their staffs....