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These Atlanta Food and Cocktail Popups Offer Home Delivery and Curbside Pickup (Eater Atlanta) Like so many restaurants around Atlanta, chefs and bartenders running food and drink popups have adapted their traveling dining rooms and bars to curbside pickup and home delivery services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some chefs and bartenders currently work at a restaurant and use their popup to supplement their income, while others created their popup as a pathway to opening their own restaurant or business in the future.

Restaurant Employees Are Pleading with Atlanta Diners to Wear Masks (Eater Atlanta) As of July 3, West Egg Cafe requires diners and people grabbing takeout to wear masks inside the Howell Mill Road restaurant, joining other establishments like 8ARM, Twisted Soul Cookhouse and Pours, 97 Estoria, Le Petit Marche, Sublime Doughnuts, and breweries such as Monday Night Brewing.

Highland Bakery Permanently Closes Its Decatur Doors (What Now Atlanta) The restaurant has been shuttered since mid-March to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus and won’t reopen, Jack Arnold of Stream Realty Partners, Highland Bakery’s landlord, Tuesday told What Now Atlanta (WNA). It was the breakfast-all-day chain’s first franchise and opened under the direction of Jill Johnson.

All U.S. Starbucks locations to require customers to wear masks soon (WSBTV) Starbucks announced that it will require all customers as well as employees to wear face coverings inside any company-owned property in the U.S. starting July 15. Regardless of any local government mandate, customers will be expected to wear a mask to go inside the cafe. Starbucks offered ordering alternatives for those who may not have a local face mask mandate or may not have a mask.


Delta CEO issues last call for voluntary buyouts before potential furloughs (Atlanta Business Chronicle) Delta has set a deadline for employees to take voluntary buyouts and early retirements, and involuntary furloughs may be looming. In a memo dated July 9, Delta Air Lines Inc. chief executive officer Ed Bastian said employees must "submit for an enhanced retirement or voluntary departure" by Monday, July 13. Volunteers are eligible to receive "significant cash severance, retiree medical benefits and flight benefits," according to Bastian.

United Way of Greater Atlanta announces new fund to tackle racial inequity (Atlanta Business Chronicle) The United Way of Greater Atlanta announced July 9 it has created a new initiative to fund organizations focused on addressing racial inequity in their communities and on a regional level. The fund ‘s creation comes in the wake of protests against police brutality and institutional racism as well as data showing the Covid-19 pandemic disproportionately impacts Black people and people of color.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issues executive order requiring face masks in the city (WSBTV) Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signed an executive order Wednesday night mandating that people wear masks or face coverings in the City of Atlanta. The order also prevents gatherings of more than 10 people on City of Atlanta property.

Kimberly McDonald to Open in Buckhead Village District, Formerly The Shops Buckhead Atlanta (What Now Atlanta) Jewelry brand Kimberly McDonald will open a brick-and-mortar location next month in the Buckhead Village District, according to a press release. This is the brand’s second store, with one operating in Los Angeles at Collective for Fred Segal on Sunset Boulevard. Buckhead Village District is a rebrand by new Owner Jamestown of The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. The developer, known locally for Ponce City Market and Westside Provisions District, last year acquired the center and has been redeveloping it.


Artists paint murals on Atlanta business vandalized during protests (AJC) Thompson and Wilburn gathered a group of female artists and transformed Brooks’ business into a tribute to Black women — including Sandra Bland, Lucy McBath and Mamie Till — Black Lives Matter and Black Trans Lives Matter.

Disney World reopens to passholders as 2020 ticket sales resume (FOX5) It was a big day for Walt Disney World fans as annual passholders get their first look at the parks since the shut down in March. The general public could also start booking their own tickets on Thursday.

Nonprofits see growing need for personal care and hygiene products (WSBTV) Helping Mamas, the sole baby supply bank in the state, is pivoting to meet the ever-growing need for baby supplies and hygiene products.

Nonprofit says school supplies greatly needed for teens in foster care group homes (WSBTV) For 27 years, Cliff Kinsey says the Children’s Restoration Network has helped get children and teens living in foster care group homes the tools they need for success. “We think every child deserves a childhood,” CRN CEO Cliff Kinsey said. “One of our fundamental core beliefs is education. It’s such a big key to shattering that cycle of homelessness that a lot of these kids are in.”

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