Despite plans for a full reopening, recovery for San Francisco’s restaurant industry will be a slow process — especially for Latino-owned restaurants and communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
As CEO of the Latino Restaurant Association, I know many Latino restaurant owners are just one unexpected cost away from losing everything. That’s why we’re voicing our opposition to San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin’s request to keep the temporary COVID-19 emergency cap on food delivery fees — enacted at the height of the pandemic — in perpetuity.
While it may seem counterintuitive that a restaurant association is opposing lower fees for restaurants, logic and experience justifies our opposition.
Simply put, in San Francisco and other cities that have imposed these arbitrary fee caps, consumer costs have risen to keep delivery services viable, which results in fewer customers and lost business for restaurants.
Delivery services in Latino communities have been a tremendous