Restaurants cope with break-ins in SoCal, + a major retailer’s departure in S.F.

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Tue, May 09, 2023


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Nordstrom to close both Downtown San Francisco stores

The news that Nordstrom is leaving Downtown San Francisco has left smaller merchants and restaurants wondering if they can survive much longer in this part of the city.

“The planned closure of Nordstrom underscores the deteriorating situation in downtown San Francisco,” said a mall spokesperson.

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RELATED: Subscribers to the San Francisco Chronicle can read the details of sky-high rents for restaurants at the mall, where businesses report increased crime and dwindling foot traffic.


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IRS must improve voluntary tip reporting program

Our partners at the National Restaurant Association (NRA) have developed recommendations for changes to the IRS’s voluntary tip reporting program. The IRS is aiming to combine three programs into one, which would be called the Service Industry Tip Compliance Agreement (SITCA.)

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Visit California Says Tourism is Bouncing Back

The state’s tourism leaders say California’s tourism industry is on the cusp of achieving an accelerated recovery as visitors from around the world return to rediscover the Golden State. Projections now show visitor spending will exceed 2019 levels in 2023.

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News You Need to Know: California tries again to regulate paper receipts

A bill aiming to reduce the use of paper receipts by mandating electronic options is back in the State Legislature. Assembly member Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, has reintroduced this idea, which failed in the legislature the first time it was considered. His bill would mandate that you offer your guests the option of an electronic receipt. It would also severely restrict commercial speech, prohibiting things like coupons and loyalty program information from being printed on a receipt.

The CRA and many other organizations oppose this bill and have offered solutions to address one of the stated reasons why it was introduced.

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Updated Form: CA Employer New Hire Checklist for Restaurants and other Food Service Employers

Hiring a new employee is an exciting time for you and your team. Please download the checklist for a list of documents you must provide the employee and what documents you should keep as the business.

CRA members get exclusive access to these resources. Please log in to view the form by CRA Legal partner Fisher Phillips.

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Reminder: CRA Members receive 15 minutes of free legal advice per month. To schedule a call with one of our legal partners, please call 800.765.4842 ext. 2743 or email

CA ProStart Students Place 3rd at National Competition

ProStart students from San Dimas High School in LA County placed 3rd at the National ProStart Student Invitational in Washington, D.C.! Their winning restaurant concept they pitched? “ChEAT Day” with the slogan “because you deserve it”. Menu items include “the whole dang pizza” and “the fries you’ve been craving”. Thank you to the iconic hospitality brands The Habit Burger Grill, Wienerschnitzel, BJ’s Restaurants, and SAVOR for making this transformative experience possible.

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and our partners at Healthy Hospitality have created this free resource to share with your employees. Just download and share; it is that easy.

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