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HOSPITALITY / FOOD & BEVERAGE: Georgia Bars and Nightclubs Can Reopen June 1 But With Strict Capacity Limits (Eater Atlanta) Like restaurants across the state, bars must follow 39 mandatory safety requirements in order to reopen, including screening workers for COVID-19 symptoms, limiting capacity to 25 people or 35 percent of total occupancy, allowing parties of no more than six people, and only serving drinks within designated areas or to seated patrons. Scofflaw To Host Flippin’ Bird Mixology Competition with $10K Prize for Out-of-Work Industry Workers (What Now Atlanta) Scofflaw Brewing Co. and Flippin’ Bird Brands have announced a bartender competition for out-of-work mixologists residi

FOGO is The New FOMO

Memorial Day Weekend marked the unofficial start of summer. We have traditionally celebrated by traveling to a beach or kicking back in Atlanta while enjoying light traffic and easily attainable restaurant reservations. Not this year. AAA didn't even try to forecast how many Americans would "see USA in a Chevrolet." I can only imagine how that Zoom call went down. Probably similar to many of our Zoom calls, which start with, "I don't have a crystal ball, but..." Sure, there were things to do here. In fact, IRL activities are starting to add to the mix of virtual events. But, do you feel comfortable with the idea of being in a crowd? That viral video of the packed pool party in the

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HOSPITALITY / FOOD & BEVERAGE: Farmers markets with a twist popping up to help Georgia growers (AJC) A Georgia Grown To-Go pop-up market will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 23 at Al Bishop Park at 1082 Al Bishop Drive in Marietta. Customers can drive through the market, place their orders and have boxes of produce placed in their trunks. Atlanta Mayor Bottoms Extends Order Allowing Restaurants To Sell Alcohol To-Go Through June 30 (What Now Atlanta) Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Tuesday by way of an administrative order extended the ability for the City’s restaurants to continue selling alcohol for off-premise consumption through June 30. The Plaza Theatre’s New Pop-Up

Oh, The Places You'll Go

From Mother's Day to graduations, we're marking milestones in decidedly different ways. It's complicated. Yet this "new normal" may be our way of life for months and years to come. While virtual graduations are taking the pomp out of these unprecedented circumstances, they are no less meaningful. They also don't take away from the achievement. Grads may be rightfully thinking that their prospects appear quite different than they imagined. Still, as actress Kathryn Hahn noted virtually during University of Southern California's graduation, these dark times will surely make for great content. That was a hopeful thought from a grad of this university with a highly acclaimed communications

What Is It Like Planning Your Future During a Global Pandemic?

When I graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) last June, I was relieved to be done with homework forever, but especially excited to begin my career in fashion. I have known since I was about five years old that I wanted to work in fashion and after four-and-a-half years of grueling schoolwork, difficult professors and hundreds of all-nighters, I finally had the piece of paper that told everyone: I am qualified. I spent the first few months after graduation staying up late on weeknights with the excitement of not having class the next day and celebrating that I now had freedom to let my creativity soar. By September, I realized I needed to get serious about planning my futur

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Welcome back to another segment of The Scoop, where you can find the latest news on all things trending. HOSPITALITY / FOOD & BEVERAGE: Georgia farmer’s markets to return, pop-up style, as farmers struggle (WSBTV) Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, the University of Georgia’s agricultural college, and its networks of farm cooperative extension offices are working to create markets for Georgia produce. The first scheduled pop-up market is scheduled for May 20th in Dalton. Ri Ra Irish Pub Closes Permanently in Midtown (Eater Atlanta) After ten years in Midtown, Ri Ra Irish Pub is closed for good. But don’t blame the COVID-19 pandemic for this closure. The pub temporarily closed in la

Feel Goods

With Mother's Day in the rear view, it was fun to scroll through Instagram pics of socially distanced gatherings and home cooked meals. Our hearts went out to the countless restaurants who missed the annual holiday revenue boost. We're hoping that consumers shifted their dining budgets to take-out or local retail (we did both). For those of us with moms far away, we had long phone conversations, hanging on the line a little longer than during pre-pandemic times. Those who had lost their moms may have felt a deeper shade of grief. In large part, we are all grieving the loss of freedom from our lives of just a couple of months ago. We're doing our best. Some days are better than others. W

Giving Tuesday

Happy Giving Tuesday NOW! Or, to the hashtag generation: Happy #GivingTuesdayNow. Yes, we did just mark the traditional day of altruism this past December 3. Only five months ago – but so much has happened since then, and we are living in exceptional times. This new Giving Tuesday comes as an emergency response to the explosive need resulting from COVID-19. There will still be a Giving Tuesday this year, scheduled for December 1. But times are tough now. Giving Tuesday presents a great way to donate to the charities you know and love. Many non-profits are matching donations dollar for dollar so you can double your impact. There are a lot of great causes out there. These are a few of

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HOSPITALITY / FOOD & BEVERAGE: The Varsity Reopens for Drive-In Service Only in Midtown (Eater Atlanta) The Varsity reopened its iconic drive-in on Tuesday, after closing entirely in March as part of the statewide dining room shutdown. However, the Midtown restaurant’s dining room on North Avenue (and restrooms) remains closed. Walk-up service is also available. Talat Market is finally open (for takeout)-and it’s selling out immediately (Atlanta Magazine) After three years of pop-ups around Atlanta, chefs Parnass Savang and Rod Lassiter are opening their brick-and-mortar Thai restaurant, Talat Market, in Summerhill tonight. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Talat will serve takeout only Wednesda

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