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HOSPITALITY / FOOD & BEVERAGE:

An Atlanta Entrepreneur Launches a Free Community Fridge Initiative to Combat Food Insecurity (Eater Atlanta) Atlanta entrepreneur and activist Latisha Springer launched the grassroots mutual aid organization Free99Fridge this summer to help combat food insecurity in some of the most vulnerable populations living within the city’s rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods.

Breakfast Restaurant and Daytime Social Club Breakfast at Barney’s Opens Downtown Next Week (Eater Atlanta) Breakfast at Barney’s part brunch spot and part daytime social club — opens Monday, August 31, on Decatur Street just south of downtown for dine-in service and takeout. Owned by Morris Brown College alumni and friends “Barney” Lee Berry Jr. and Dr. Rashad Sanford, Breakfast at Barney’s combines “decadent Southern breakfast fare” with stylish design and music.

How the U.K. Restarted Its Restaurant Industry: Paying Half the Bill (The New York Times) When the British government told people they no longer had to stay home, it needed a convincing pitch to get everyone back outside and, crucially, spending money. The answer: half-price food. For the month of August, the government has been paying for a 50 percent discount on all meals eaten in restaurants, pubs or cafes, up to 10 pounds ($13) per person, on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Skyview, Atlanta’s 20-Story Ferris Wheel, Is Getting A Bar (What Now Atlanta) The SkyBar at SkyView will be managed by Complete Beverage Systems, Inc, serving drinks within the confines of the SkyView’s fenced area. Founded in 2004 by David Covell, Complete Beverage Systems specializes in alcoholic beverage management for upscale event venues, hotels, historic venues, and government properties, among other things. Their list of clients include the Historic Pace House, Shepherd Center, and the Chastain Horse Park.

BUSINESS/RETAIL/REAL ESTATE:

HBR’s The Big Idea: Building work-life boundaries in the work-from-home era (Atlanta Business Chronicle) As many workers and their managers face more months of remote work, it’s vital to understand how you and your employees navigated work-family boundaries in more traditional office environments — and how mandatory working from home affects these approaches.

Hartsfield-Jackson plans to test facial recognition, touchless technology in domestic terminal (AJC) Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport plans to test facial recognition at check-in counters in the domestic terminal, part of a broader push to introduce more touchless technology in response to the coronavirus.

TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer resigns amid US pressure to sell video app (FOX5) His resignation follows President Donald Trump's order to ban TikTok unless its parent company, ByteDance, sells its U.S. operations to an American company within 90 days. Bytedance is currently in talks with Microsoft for the U.S. firm to buy TikTok’s U.S. operations.

Coca-Cola announces major reorganizing, ‘Voluntary separation’ offered to 4,000 employees (11Alive) Coca-Cola announced early Friday morning that it was undertaking a major reorganizing of its corporate structure, as well as offering "voluntary separation" packages to roughly 4,000 employees in North America. It announced a "voluntary separation program" that will be offered to roughly 4,000 employees in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico who have a most-recent hire date on or before Sept. 1, 2017.

ARTS / LIFESTYLE/GENERAL INTEREST:

Local photo exhibit underscores the timeless story of civil rights -- past and present (AJC) More than 55 years separate the photographs of Steve Schapiro and Sheila Pree Bright, but their images are kindred. Take the picture Schapiro took in Selma in 1965. In the photo, an older Black woman stands in a crowd of other Black people clearly waiting for something.

March on Washington: Throngs Mark ‘I Have a Dream’ anniversary (CNN)

Standing on the spot where 50 years earlier the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. made "I have a dream" the clarion call of the civil rights movement, a broader call for equality rang out Saturday. Thousands rallied at the National Mall to mark the 50th anniversary of the historic August 28, 1963, March on Washington.

Metro area’s Community Foundation gives $1.15 million in arts grants for Covid-19 aid (ArtsAtl) The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta today announced $1.15 in grants through the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund to help organizations impacted by Covid-19. More than 90 percent of the funds will go to organizations founded or led by people of color. Of the 28 recipients, 18 are first-time recipients of a competitive cash grant from the Arts Fund.

Atlanta sports teams join boycott in a show of solidarity after shooting of Jacob Blake (WSBTV) The list of teams and athletes sitting out games in support of a man shot by police in Wisconsin is growing, and it now includes Atlanta United and the Atlanta Dream. An unprecedented NBA walkout over racial injustice postponed a second day of the playoffs Thursday, although players pledged to finish the postseason even as they wrestled with their emotions about wanting to bring change in their communities.

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