Restaurants And Reopening Challenges, A Change In Advertising During The Pandemic, Absentee Ballot Applications

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Jaime Chase writes a personal note thanking customers on a carry out lunch box at Chase's Diner
Jaime Chase writes a personal note thanking customers on a carry out lunch box at Chase’s Diner Thursday, April 23, 2020, in Chandler, Ariz. Owner Skip Chase has maintained all his employees and raised their hourly pay to compensate for lost tips since his business has gone to carry-out only in compliance with Arizona’s COVID-19, Coronavirus mandates. Chase’s has lost over $20,000 since closing their in-house seating area in March and Chase has spent over $9,000 in personal money to supplement his staff’s payroll in an effort to remain open. Matt York/AP Photo

A food writer talks with us about obstacles facing restaurants as they attempt to re-open safely, and how some of them may not be able to make the transition financially. We also critique the look and content of TV ads during the coronavirus pandemic. Plus, details on absentee ballot applications being sent out for the November election.

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Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Dean Knetter Producer
  • Natalie Guyette Producer
  • Heather Haddon Guest
  • Amanda Hess Guest
  • Shawn Johnson Guest