Come for the Pasta, Stay (Apart) for the Pool Noodles

Restaurants face a very long road ahead. “Because of social distancing, we are going to be impacted a lot more than other small businesses,” chef and Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio recently told my colleague Tom Philpott on Bite podcast. He continued: And on top of that, who is going to go out to dinner where the bartenders and the servers are wearing face masks? And God forbid, even with social distancing, if you take out half your seats, if someone at a table coughs, do you clear out the entire restaurant? I don’t think the question is when we can open, I think the question is when do people feel comfortable going out in crowds, and I think that’s when …

Grocery Workers May Be Called “Heroes,” But Their “Hero Pay” Is Disappearing

When Larry Franklin received an emergency coronavirus paycheck for $818.76 from the Ralphs grocery store where he’s worked for six years, he thought it was a sign of appreciation from his employer. Franklin, a 39-year-old immuno-compromised cancer survivor, has been in quarantine since March. After working through the early pandemic days of panic-shopping, preparing carts for a deluge of customers lining up two hours before the store opened, his doctor ordered him to stay home. He received one week of paid sick time and a $300 bonus, but otherwise has been on unpaid leave.  But two weeks after he received the emergency check, he got a letter from the store’s parent company, Kroger, asking him to pay the money back. …

Hailey Bieber Stands Up To Plastic Surgery Allegations: ‘I’ve Never Touched My Face’

Don’t come for Hailey Bieber! On Thursday, the 23-year-old defended herself against allegations that she’s had plastic surgery done over the years. Her explanation for her these accusations? Editing! Related: Justin Bieber Wishes He Had Been Celibate Before Marrying Hailey Bieber After an Instagram account shared a side by side pic comparing images of her as a teen and one from the present day, the model hopped into the comments section to stand up for herself. On the now-deleted post (see it HERE) she wrote: “Stop using pics that are edited by makeup artists! This photo on the right is NOT what I look like…” Social media can definitely be a confusing place, especially when celebs Photoshop or alter their …

‘Transparency’: Biden Holds Q&A With Wall Street Donors, Reporters Abruptly Disconnected From Call

The Biden campaign disconnected reporters from a virtual fundraiser with Wall Street donors on Thursday evening, a move that coincided with the former vice president opening himself up to questions from the approximately 25 people at the virtual event. According to the Associated Press, Rufus Gifford, deputy campaign manager for team Biden, released a statement over an hour after reporters were booted from the call explaining that the decision to limit press access was part of a “new format.” “Tonight’s event was a new format as we enter a new phase of the general election campaign, but we will continue to ensure press access to our virtual finance events as part of our campaign’s commitment to transparency,” said Gifford, per …