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HOSPITALITY / FOOD & BEVERAGE:

Pho King Express Opens on Outpost in West End (Eater Atlanta) An outpost of Pho King Express is now open at the Window at the Met on Murphy Avenue in West End. The menu features a small selection of pho and banh mi, egg rolls, and rice and noodle dishes. Open Monday - Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for takeout and delivery via UberEats. Call 770-371-4612 or order online for takeout.

Guy Wong Could Open ‘Big Boss’ In Place of Midtown’s Chinese Buddha (What Now Atlanta) Guy Wong is something of a pioneer in the Atlanta dining landscape. In the past, he has been compared to the likes of chef David Chang of Momofuku Noodle Bar. Wong started his food career as a child, working in his parents’ restaurant Sam’s Gourmet, one of Atlanta’s first Cantonese restaurants.

Georgia SNAP users can now order groceries online (WSBTV) There is a new helping hand for Georgia families in need. SNAP users can now get their groceries online. Georgia is one of 42 states where people can now use EBT cards for groceries through the SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot program. The news comes as a relief to families who may be afraid to shop in stores due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Twilight of the Imperial Chef (The New York Times) For decades, the notion of the lone genius in the kitchen has fostered culinary creativity — and restaurants marred by abuse and unfairness. This may be the time for change. Picture a great restaurant, the chef up at dawn, dusting hand-milled flour on a butcher's block.

BUSINESS/RETAIL/REAL ESTATE:

The future of Atlanta retail in the post-pandemic world (Atlanta Business Chronicle) The nation’s oldest department store chain is one of almost two dozen U.S. retailers to file for bankruptcy protection. Many, like Lord & Taylor, founded 194 years ago, Brooks Brothers and Neiman Marcus Group are brand names. Atlanta, where retail vacancy hovered around 5% prior to Covid-19, could see that number climb to at least 40%. And, as many as 100 area restaurants may have closed, according to market estimates.

Delta could furlough 800-plus Atlanta-based pilots (Atlanta Business Chronicle) Delta has filed a WARN notice indicating potential furloughs that could affect more than 800 of its pilots. The WARN Act of 1988 requires companies with more than 100 employees to provide a 60-day notice of mass layoffs.

Snap will make a major effort to register first-time voters (The New York Times) Snap, the company behind the popular social media app Snapchat, is planning a major push to register first-time voters within its app and to guide them through the ballot process ahead of the election on November 3. Beginning in early September, the app, which is popular with young smartphone users, will introduce a new tool in partnership with TurboVote that allows users to register from within their Snap account with a streamlined set of prompts.

Trump issues order banning TikTok if it isn’t sold to US company in 45 days (NBC Today) President Trump is taking new steps targeting the popular social media app TikTok, issuing executive orders banning it operating if it isn’t sold by its Chinese parent company within 45 days. NBC White House correspondent Peter Alexander reports for TODAY.

ARTS / LIFESTYLE/GENERAL INTEREST:

Q&A: Artist and Flux Projects animator William Downs “is not afraid of anything” (ArtsAtl) Atlanta artist William Downs’ surreal quick-drawing animation Exploring a New Adventure almost dares your eyes to deceive you. The first piece in this series of three, part of Flux Projects’ Virtual Art Series, offers a parade of fantastic (or unsettling) creations seemingly forging themselves into existence in 80 seconds. The outlines of faces, hands, arms and torso morph into scenes of transformation.

Georgia Film Academy has some changes due to coronavirus pandemic (FOX5) With Georgia being the Hollywood of the South it's no wonder so many aspiring creative minds are honing their skills in the classroom for higher learning. The Georgia Film Academy was created by legislation to make film and TV industry training available to Georgians.

Dekalb commissioner hosting school supply drive Saturday (AJC)

DeKalb County students will start their school year virtually — but they still need supplies. With that in mind, DeKalb Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson is hosting a school supply drive on Saturday.

Cobb County orchestra director calls on industry greats to help with virtual curriculum (FOX5) Sprayberry High School looks and sounds a bit different this year. Orchestra performances have been silenced by concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, as Cobb County School District’s curriculum moved entirely online. The commitment to remote learning presents a particularly challenging scenario for certain subjects. Harrison Cook is Sprayberry’s orchestra program director. He described his first reaction to virtual commitment as “pure panic.”

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