Back of House Staff | December 2, 2020, 01:56 PM CST
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A quick snack on some headlines that caught our editors' eyes this week.
The restaurant software, hardware, and solutions stories we've been chewing on lately.
+ Washington State, City of Chicago cap fees at 15%: The Evergreen State is the first state to officially place a cap on fees charged to restaurants by third-party delivery companies. Applicable only to restaurants where indoor dining has yet to return to 50% capacity, the new guidelines state the order total can not exceed a 15% fee, nor can total fees and commissions be higher than 18%. Meanwhile, in Chicago, City Council on Monday approved a 15% cap of its own on 3DP marketing fees, matching similar limits in NYC and San Francisco. (Restaurant Business / Eater)
+ Ghost kitchen concerns: With ghost/virtual kitchens having an undeniable moment during the coronavirus pandemic, opinions are flying on how much room exists for these concepts to grow—and whether they're a net positive for the restaurant business as constituted. "They're going to cut down the vibrancy" of Main Street, one mayor lamented recently. (Food on Demand / Restaurant Business)
+ Delivery, digital boom: According to market research, digital sales will continue to dominate the quick-service business well until 2025, almost a 70% increase over pre-COVID estimates. Delivery is expected to grow to 23% in 2025 while curbside will see a five-fold increase, growing from 15% to 71% during the pandemic. Wowza. (Restaurant Dive)
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