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Scaling UP: Restaurant Operations: Opening Safely

Restaurant staff in front of window.

Local eateries, restaurants, cafes, pubs, and coffee shops are the social and economic lifeblood of many Illinois communities. Following the stretch of statewide shutdowns that began in late March, residents may be eager to see their favorite food and drink establishments reopen and employees return to work.

To prepare for successful reopening in light of the changing food industry landscape, restaurant owners and managers may participate in two free, online webinars offered by the Illinois Restaurant Association and University of Illinois Extension, in conjunction with U of I College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.

Both Scaling UP webinars feature food service industry professionals, restaurant owners, and university hospitality management program faculty who will provide a comprehensive framework for strategically and safely reopening local establishments. Panelists will answer questions as time allows.

Opening Safely: Scaling UP Illinois Restaurant Operations, Part 2
June 4 | 10 AM
A second webinar will be held at 10 a.m. June 4 and feature compliance resources and disinfectant practices which allow for a safe physical environment for patrons and staff. Strategies for instilling consumer confidence will be offered, as well as approaches for enhancing the customer experience while adhering to new operational guidelines. Tristan Popadziuk, owner and roastmaster for [CxT] Roasting Company, will provide craft-centered advice. One may register online for the June 4 webinar.