Business, Free News Articles, Restaurant, Hotel and Hospitality

Kiosk Association Restaurant Kiosks and Menu Boards

DENVER, Colo. -- National Restaurant Association has launched Show To Go and the Kiosk Association is a participant. The online show runs thru August 2021. We have eight showcases online: QSR Self-Order, Touchless Controls, Outdoor Menu Boards, ClearConnect full suite solution, Restaurant Kiosks, gigantic digital signage (LVCC), large digital signs and touchscreens. April 21 is a casual "Ask An Expert" web session for ADA and PCI, and there are Special Offers as well. For reference, we are also doing NRF Converge Retail in June which will be interesting.

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Data Reports -- this month is the lengthy 2021 Self-Service Market Research report [140 pgs], the NRA 2021 State of the Industry [26 pgs], and the NRN Top 200 report. Contact any of our Gold sponsors for a copy of any: Olea, KioWare, Pyramid Computer, Frank Mayer, Nanonation, KIOSK Information Systems, KioskGroup, Vispero, Zebra, AUO, 22Miles, Honeywell, and LG Electronics Business Solutions, and Panasonic Restaurant Solutions.

ADA Accessibility News -- New court decision on Winn-Dixie web accessibility + background on Coca-Cola drink station decision and case.

* ADA Kiosk Lawsuits - Legal Judgement Reasons To Be Accessible

* Web Accessibility Lawsuits - How to prevent and how to react. Winn-Dixie website verdict.

PCI and EMV -- We've fielded several questions regarding PCI Compliance for CATs and kiosks so it seems a good time for us to provide some updated info. Thanks to Rob at UCP and Bruce with Ingenico.

We are also covering the benefits and drawbacks of using QR codes for payment (Ingenico blog series)

Latest Posts:

* Portable Pizzeria Powered by Robots

* Ghost Kitchen Kiosks in Walmart - Cloud Kitchens rationale and logic

* Interactive 50″ Drive-Thru Real Person On Video Inset Taking Order - Bite Ninja

* Taco Bell Kiosk - Times Square Full Digital Location Review

* New Member - SuzoHapp Global - Gaming, Amusement, and Sports Betting

* PCI Kiosk Update - POS Credit Card Readers for Kiosks

* Massive Digital Signage LED Wall Installation for LVCC

* Digital Menu Boards - Panasonic ClearConnect(tm) Restaurant Solutions

* Smart Locker System - GRUBBRR & Frank Mayer Smart Pickup Smart Curbside

* ADA Webinar U.S. Access Board March 2021 Wrap - Kiosk Access

* Wayfinder Kiosk - Improving the Visitor and Employee Experience

* Restaurant Kiosk - National Restaurant Association Show To Go 2021

* ADA Kiosk 2021 Update - Kiosk Lawsuits - Reasons To Be Accessible

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* Updated McDonalds Menuboards Failures - Isotropic-like failures -- sometimes it is as simple as NOT changing a filter

McDonalds News

* Robotic Delivery by Chick-fil-A in California Being Tested

* New article on "Fully Digital" Times Square Taco Bell - QSRMagazine

* By this summer, only 150 McDonald's will remain inside Walmart stores

* H-E-B is partnering with Texas A&M University to provide grocery delivery to people who live on its main and West campuses in College Station, Texas.

Visit kiosk industry,, Retail Automation, Digital Business and Thinclient for more information.


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Ganja Pioneer Ed ‘NJWeedman’ Forchion Commemorates 4/20 with New Jersey Celebration and Miami Expansion

TRENTON, N.J. -- While "Weed Day" 4/20/21 marks a luminous occasion for longtime marijuana activist and entrepreneur, Ed "NJWeedman" Forchion, in his home state of New Jersey, per the recent legalization of cannabis, the victory is somewhat bittersweet for him. The bitter is that his current "Citizen's Dispensary" operates as a black-market operation as he continues to battle for inclusion within the legal arena.

The sweet is, not only a huge in-store and online celebration party this 4/20, but also the announcement of his expansion, with a 420-themed lounge opening soon in Miami, Florida, entitled, The Joint of Miami. Onsite festivities for this 4/20 at NJWeedman's Joint, located at 322 E. State St. in Trenton, include vendors, live entertainment and food with online streaming across all the NJWeedman's Joint social media platforms and website.

A self-confessed weed smuggler from the early 90's, Forchion's 1997 arrest by the Camden County Drug Task Force and members of the local DEA would turn out to be just one of many over several decades. Never one to back done from authority, he achieved media notoriety when he was arrested for smoking marijuana in front of the entire New Jersey State Assembly in 2000 and garnered a national platform when he fired it up at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, PA during the Republican National Convention. It was 10 years before the launch of Instagram and smoking weed publicly was still a criminal act, but there was no social media to make such radical deeds of civil disobedience go viral. Over 20 years later however, with marijuana finally legalized in over half of the United States, Forchion knows that his consistent battles on behalf of the plant are part of the steam engine behind cannabis now being heralded as a 'new' billion-dollar industry.

A cult figure in the marijuana legalization community, Forchion has since become one of the most vocal and controversial members of the pro-pot movement. He is the founder of the Legalize Marijuana Party of New Jersey and has run previous campaigns for Governor, U.S. Senate, Congress, the State Legislature, and the Burlington County Board of Freeholders. After decades of public persecution, Ed Forchion is finally being applauded for his decades of activism. Last month he spoke on virtual panels at Stockton and Princeton University, was featured on NBC News in New York and he is slated to appear on an upcoming segment of ABC-TV Nightline.

His many marijuana infused media stunts are well documented, including his attempt to legally change his name to, denied first by the courts in New Jersey in 2004 and in another case in California in 2011. His 2010 arrest in Mount Holly New Jersey, after a traffic stop where he was charged with possession with intent to distribute, with a jury ultimately serving a 12-0 verdict of acquittal, also added to his lore. His marijuana mansion parties in the Hollywood Hills between the years of 2009 and 2011; his Liberty Bell Temple dispensaries in Hollywood and his books, including his first title, "Public Enemy #420," published in 2010 all lend credence to NJWeedman's devotion for marijuana.

Police raids, DEA investigations, and state prosecutors have hounded Forchion coast to coast from New Jersey to Los Angeles and now back in New Jersey, but he has never missed a beat. His current reincarnation is NJWeedman's Joint, opened in 2015 with the support of his business partner, Debbi Madaio. The establishment was raided in 2016 by the local police and Forchion ultimately spent 447 days behind bars, only to later have a large portion of the charges dismissed by a judge.

While NJWeedman's Joint is a bustling marijuana themed eatery and smoke shop, The Joint of Miami will be an extension of the NJWeedman brand, offering a more inclusive cannabis experience. The Joint of Miami, located in the Wynwood Art District, will be a marijuana lounge with 'members only' access. Slated to open midsummer, The Joint of Miami will be a franchise operation and NJWeedman is already fielding inquires in other cities.

"I always dreamed this day would come," expresses Forchion. "I, like so many others, knew there was nothing criminal about this plant, yet we were treated like criminals. Now that it is legalized, our battle is with the politicians and corporations who want to shut out people like me, the brick layers of this industry. I tell everyone, I'm not getting off this 'cannabus.' I've been a ride or die soldier for years now and I'm not going anywhere."

"Back in mid-2000, I left New Jersey for Hollywood, CA. I was one of the early marijuana legalization pioneers out there, until the DEA made me leave. I came back to New Jersey, I saw what was going on and I conquered. My boast is that they can't get a jury of 12 to convict me. Now I'm headed to Miami and I'm super excited about the upcoming Florida expansion with the new lounge location. In fact, I envision 'Joint' locations around the country," notes Forchion.

For more information about NJWeedman's Joint 4/20 party, go to

For more information about The Joint of Miami, head over to

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Makeda Smith
Jazzmyne Public Relations
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Kelly Toyota & Kelly Hyundai are Open and Ready to serve Lehigh Valley and Eastern Pennsylvania

HAMBURG, Pa. -- The Kelly Automotive Group is pleased to announce the acquisition and addition of two new dealerships. Kelly Toyota and Kelly Hyundai are setting up shop in the former Freedom Toyota and Freedom Hyundai locations of Hamburg, Pa. The new stores will not miss a beat and will be up and running immediately.

The dealerships are located where I-78 meets route 61 across from Cabela's.

The addition of Kelly Toyota and Kelly Hyundai will round out the Kelly Auto Group's list of dealerships to 12 franchises in eight locations consisting of Kelly Nissan on Route 33 in Easton, Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge/Ram, Buick/GMC, and Mitsubishi on the Lehigh Street Auto-mile in Emmaus, and Ford and Infiniti in Melbourne, Florida.

"Our goal has been to expand in the Greater Lehigh Valley and Eastern Pennsylvania and we've been watching the steady retail growth along Route 61 in Hamburg since Cabela's opened." Commented KAG President Greg Kelly. "Toyota and Hyundai are sought after brands with large owner bases and impressive product lineups. That combination of great product and great people working at the dealerships made it the perfect time for us to expand to Hamburg. It's less than 20 minutes from Lehigh County and we'll make it even more convenient for our Lehigh Valley customers by offering online buying and home delivery.

Visit and today to start your car shopping journey.

For over 50 Years the Kelly Dealerships have been committed to the Risk Free satisfaction of their customers by providing services like their exclusive 3 day Money Back guarantee on all new and used cars.

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Choyce Peterson To Represent Three Retail Spaces In The SoNo Collection

NORWALK, Conn. -- Choyce Peterson, Inc. (, a full-service commercial real estate brokerage and consulting firm, announced that Brookfield Properties has appointed Choyce Peterson as the exclusive listing agent representing three separate spaces at The SoNo Collection, 100 N. Water Street in Norwalk, CT. The mall's tenants include Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, H&M, Untuckit, Arhaus, EQ3, YardHouse, and Pinstripes Bistro.

Choyce Peterson Vice President Adam Cognetta stated, "We are excited to partner with Brookfield Properties in representing these unique spaces in what has been, and continues to be, a prominent project in Connecticut. These spaces represent high-visibility opportunities for users to leverage strong area demographics, all while benefitting from dedicated entrances. This is truly an unparalleled opportunity to join an impressive tenant roster in a first-class, destination shopping center."

The first retail space is 2,442 SF on well-trafficked West Avenue, with a private entrance accessible via a walkway directly from the road and parking garage. It offers high ceilings and significant signage opportunities. The second space is 3,485 SF on N. Water Street with notable outward-facing window frontage. The third space is 3,625 SF also on N. Water Street with high ceilings, exceptional visibility from the road, and the potential for a dedicated parking area.

All three spaces are available immediately with a build-to-suit option which can accommodate a wide variety of consumer-centric commercial businesses such as entertainment, retail, medical, service, and office. There are dedicated entrances to each of these retail spaces, which do not require the use of the shared mall entrances. This unique shopping site features abundant parking and is easily accessible from Exit 14 off I-95, a major roadway traveled by 129,000 cars daily.

Matthew Seebeck, Senior General Manager of the SoNo Collection responded, "We look forward to working with Adam and the Choyce Peterson team in managing the leasing efforts for these three spaces. We are confident their energy, creative approach, dedication and experience will yield strong leasing activity."

About Brookfield Properties

Brookfield Properties is a fully-integrated, global real estate services company, providing industry-leading portfolio management capabilities across the real estate investment strategies of Brookfield Asset Management - a global alternative asset manager with approximately $600 billion in AUM. Brookfield Properties develops and manages premier real estate with a focus on maximizing the tenant experience in addition to the investment and operational performance of the asset. We also focus on integrating leading-edge real estate technologies which enables us to be at the forefront of innovation and sustainability - benefiting not only our tenants and business partners, but also the communities in which we operate. For more information about our approach to operating and developing best-in-class real estate, please visit

About Choyce Peterson

Choyce Peterson, Inc., a full-service commercial real estate brokerage and consulting firm with offices in Norwalk, CT and Rye Brook, NY, was founded in 1997 and has negotiated millions of square feet of transactions in 42 states and Canada. The Choyce Peterson process delivers comprehensive and creative real estate solutions to ensure clients derive maximum value from their real estate decisions.

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Registered Nurse and Ganga Mompreneur Debi Madaio Celebrates the Legacy of NJWeedman’s Joint Eatery During Women’s History Month

TRENTON, N.J. -- If the longtime marijuana activist Ed Forchion is the NJWeedman, then his business partner, Debi Madaio, is easily Trenton New Jersey's "First Lady of Weed." As the majority owner of NJWeedman's Joint, the popular marijuana-themed eatery located in the state's capital city, Madaio is defiantly acknowledging her legacy as a heroic ganga mompreneur during Women's History Month.

A registered nurse, cannabis activist, mother to two daughters and a special needs son, Madaio is not only the driving force behind NJWeedman's Joint but also NJWeedman himself! In celebration of Women's History Month, she has expanded her business with the opening of The Stash Spot, a specialty boutique smoke shop located inside The Joint and a new 'potcast,' "Joint Accounts," closing out Women's History Month on March 29, 2021 and streaming every following Monday at 3:00 p.m. ET across The Joint's social media platforms. "Joint Accounts" will feature the latest happenings in and around NJWeedman's Joint.

The pandemic has fostered all sorts of new innovations, and for Madaio, The Stash Spot and "Joint Account" both evolved as such. While NJWeedman's Joint luckily survived the shut-in as an essential business restaurant operation, smoke shops in New Jersey had to close. Madaio had the idea to move all her smoke shop items to the restaurant and still meet the needs of her cannabis clientele. The Stash Spot is the expansion of that service. With cannabis now finally legal in the state, offering a one stop shop for food and supplies is a convenience her customers greatly appreciate. The Stash Shop carries marijuana paraphernalia like pipes, rolling papers, marijuana themed convenience items, knick knacks and clothing.

Operating a small business while working full time as a registered nurse and caring for a special needs son has been challenging, to say the least. But Madaio has witnessed and survived additional trials as well. Located just across the street from the Trenton City Hall, The Joint had been operating successfully since 2015 and was garnering national accolades for its contribution to cannabis culture. It was during Women's History Month of March 2017 when NJWeedman's Joint first came under scrutiny per an undercover operation and raid that led to Ed Forchion's arrest and incarceration. Forchion's arrest garnered him 447 days in prison, leaving Madaio not only fighting for his release, but also for the survival of their business.

"While Ed was being held for those 447 days prior to trial under the New Jersey Bail Reform Act, we had to close the business in order to secure it. I basically robbed Peter to pay Paul to make sure the rent was paid. I had made Ed a promise that I would make sure the business and the building were still there when he got out of jail! That was one of his biggest fears, that he would get out of jail and ride by the building where The Joint used to be. I couldn't and wouldn't let that happen as Mercer County had taken enough from him already," notes Madaio.

Today, NJWeedman's Joint is once again a thriving watering hole for not only Trenton but also the surrounding communities, cities and states. Customers drive in from New York and Philadelphia on any given day, or drop in when visiting from not only around the country but the world, for their delectable menu of dishes named after marijuana inspired themes and famous celebrity stoners. Meals like the "Snoop's Dream," a fish and grits dish; Willie's Chillie; the Kevin Smith Impossible Burger; the "Pothead Sandwich," fried fish with a shrimp crab relish and sriracha sauce; and the "East Coast Cannabis Coalition," a turkey meatball dinner with marinara sauce and spaghetti are all the rage.

The restaurant's ambiance, created by Madaio, mirrors an actual marijuana grow room with curtains, tablecloths and chairs designed and fashioned after marijuana leaves. There are also live outdoor music performances and show offerings which are streamed online for a wider viewing audience.

Madaio has an undergraduate degree in criminal justice as well as in nursing. While currently still working long hours, she envisions the eatery as an outlet which will provide work and income closer to home and nearer her child. NJWeedman's Joint was once called 'the happiest place on earth' by Extraction Magazine and Madaio's mission is to keep those kinds of vibes flowing. The Stash Spot, NJWeedman's Joint and her new podcast, "The Joint Account," will continue in service to keep their customer's energy high and lifted.

"I'm looking forward to one day being done with all drama," expresses Madaio. "New Jersey has finally legalized our favorite plant, but now the battle for inclusion in the cannabis industry begins. We know that small businesses and entrepreneurs are getting edged out of this new legal, burgeoning billion-dollar industry. I'm hoping that in exchange for our commitment to good service that our customers won't allow that to happen to us here."

NJWeedman's Joint is located 322 E. State St. in Trenton, NJ. Debi Madaio can be reached at and via the NJWeedman's Joint website at .

Catch "Joint Accounts" every Monday, starting March 29 at NJWeedman's Joint on Facebook ( and on Instagram ( ).

Learn more about Debi Madaio at and at .

Sign the "Demand Governor Phil Murphy Grant NJWeedman's Joint a Recreational Cannabis License!" at

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Newly-Passed Restaurant Revitalization Fund and Restaurant Tax Relief Strategies by Ace Plus Tax Resolution

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- James Cha, a CPA and a Certified Tax Resolution Specialist from Ace Plus Tax Resolution, underlines the newly enacted restaurant revitalization fund, recent tax challenges the restaurant industry is facing, and tax relief strategies.

Restaurant Revitalization Fund and Grants

Along with small and medium enterprises, the restaurant industry has also been severely impacted by the pandemic. However, the governments have been trying to ensure that tax reliefs are provided to help the restaurant industry. This has been effectively encapsulated in the Restaurant Revitalization Act signed on March 11. Certified Tax Resolution Specialist James from Ace Plus Tax Resolution recommends that "restaurant owners that are financially struggling must strategize and receive the full benefit of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund."

$5 billion of the fund will be available to eligible restaurants with gross receipts during 2019 of $500,000 or less.

In addition, the crux of this particular tax relief regime provides grants to restaurant applicants of up to $10 million. This is mainly to compensate them for the pandemic-related revenue loss. In this aspect, all restaurants are declared as eligible for the program, with some exceptions, like restaurants that are operated by a state or a local government or are owned by a publicly-traded company. However, it is to be noted that the grant that would be awarded to the entity is not supposed to exceed an aggregate of $10 million and should be limited to $5 million per physical location.

The grant amount will be based on the pandemic-related revenue loss. If the entity was in business for 2019, either entirely or partially, the loss is calculated as the 2020 average monthly gross receipts multiplied by 12, subtracted from 2019 average monthly gross receipts multiplied by 12. A different calculation method is to be applied if the business newly opened anytime between January 1, 2020, and the enactment date of the bill, March 11, 2021. The grant will be reduced by the 7(a) SBA loans received, including PPP loans.

Under this particular act, there are certain expenses that are eligible for restaurants. They mainly include payroll costs, paid sick leaves, mortgage, rent and utilities, maintenance, supplies, food and beverage expenses, operational expenses, and any other expenses SBA deemed essential. In the same manner, the grant is supposed to be used for expenses that fall within the covered period between February 15, 2020, and December 31, 2021.


Restaurant Revitalization Grants that are received are not subject to income tax. In the same manner, the exclusion will not result in the denial of a deduction reduction of tax attributes or a denial of increase in basis. This implies that these businesses are not supposed to include the grant amount as a gross income in the tax return.

Tax Problems for Restaurant Owners

James denotes, "Restaurant Revitalization Grant has been a much-needed life support for the troubled industry. Followed by the pandemic, the restaurant industry was perhaps the most impacted by lockdowns, with the ongoing burden of having to remit tax payments. Payroll taxes, for one, continue to be a pressing cause of concern for the restaurant industry".

When their business struggles, restaurant owners are tempted to use these funds to cover the business expenses. The IRS takes late payroll tax payments very seriously because it wasn't the business owners' money to begin with. If the IRS thinks that if an individual was responsible for filing or paying taxes but did not, then he or she becomes liable for the unpaid taxes.

Business owners must realize that the IRS has the power to close their business, come after the owner personally by asserting Trust Fund Recovery Penalty, levy bank accounts, or seize income sources and properties in an attempt to collect back taxes. Also, their passport may be revoked or declined to issue or renew by the U.S. Department of State.

Tax Reliefs for the Restaurant Industry

In the case where the business is approached by the IRS for back taxes, the best possible course of action might be to adopt an approach to tactfully deal with the issue, without panicking.

James believes "The best course of action is to see if they qualify for any tax relief options." However, this can only be done after delinquent tax returns have been filed and all current income tax and payroll tax deposits have been paid.

Businesses or individuals can settle their taxes for substantially less than they owe through an Offer in Compromise if they qualify. Financial inability to pay is the most common reason an Offer is accepted, but it must be supported by and verified with well-prepared financial documents and statements.

Or, through an Installment Agreement, businesses or individuals may set up an affordable payment plan to pay off the back taxes. If they qualify for a "Partial Payment" Installment, they will not be paying off the full amount, as the balance left at the end of the payment term will be forgiven. Strategizing is crucial when submitting an application in order to maximize the benefit.

Also, they may be able to halt IRS collection actions by declaring a Currently Not Collectible status. To qualify for this status, they must prove they have a dire financial situation and none to very little income. The IRS will put a pause on their attempt to collect payment until the financial situation improves.

The Final Words

The current day and age are quite challenging for almost all business owners. In this regard, it is imperative for businesses to be fully aware of all the taxes that they owe, as well as the options that are available to them. There are numerous tax relief options that are put forth by the government, but business owners should seek a certified tax relief specialist to clearly understand their options and eligibility, so that they can strategize, take full advantage, and save considerable sums of money as taxpayers.

Ace Plus Tax Resolution provides permanent solutions to taxpayers with IRS and state tax problems to individuals and businesses struggling with unmanageable IRS tax problems. If you're struggling with payroll tax problems, contact their tax professionals for a free consultation.

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James Cha is a CPA and Certified Tax Resolution Specialist(r) at Ace Plus Tax Resolution, has been representing his clients and dealing with the IRS for over 30 years. His practice is in Los Angeles, but his clients are across the nation. Contact him at (213) 600-7388 or

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Kiosk Manufacturer Association announces 2021 Interactive Kiosk Market Research Report

DENVER, Colo. -- The Kiosk Association announces the release "U.S. Self-Service Kiosks" market research report. 134 pages and 34 graphics covering Market Drivers for the unattended self-service kiosk market. For purposes of kiosk and interactive signage markets, the ATM, Vending and hybrid POS self-checkouts such as Walmart are not prime weighted factors.

The report is available by contacting any of the Kiosk Association gold sponsors. It is also available for sale by Research and Markets research store. Gold sponsors which may be contacted include: Olea Kiosks, Inc., KioWare, Pyramid Computer, Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc., Nanonation, KIOSK Information Systems, Kiosk Group, Vispero, Zebra, AUO, 22Miles, Honeywell, and LG Electronics Business Solutions.

ADA Accessibility News from Kiosk Association

- Free Regulatory Checklist for Kiosks - 14 Point Checklist ADA, Accessibility and PCI.

- US Access Board Free Seminar Reviewing Revised 508 Standards, Requirements for Hardware and Software and Interactive Terminals Kiosks

- Kiosk Association holds our second call this year with US Access Board prior to that seminar.

PCI Compliance and EMV Compliance

The Kiosk Association is conducting a poll on the direction of EMV deployments. We recommend all new deployments include EMV and Contactless. The target should be PCI-PTS v5 devices. Several RFPs have specified v3 which will only require replacing in a year. Worth noting a large segment is continuing with mag stripe only. Let us know what you think - take the poll. 30 seconds, one question and no registration required.

Questions - Contact Craig Keefner | | 720.324.1837 m (text or call)

About the Kiosk Association:

Based in Colorado the Kiosk Association or KMA has served the unattended self-service kiosk market since 1995. We lead the effort to optimize self-service engagements and outcomes using technology such as kiosks, digital signage and displays, service, monitoring, and touchscreens.

ADA Accessibility and PCI EMV Compliance are the primary regulatory focus for the KMA. KMA is a Participating Organization with the PCI SSC. For ADA, the KMA meets annually with U.S. Access Board on accessibility standards for unattended. Additional market coverage includes digital signage, interactive digital, retail automation, Point-of-Sale and smart city.

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New York City Takes ‘Closed’ Signs Down, Businesses Open Safer, Stronger

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. -- Hospitality businesses including dining establishments, the event industry, and the rest of New York City's businesses are not only poised for a strong comeback, it's already underway. With COVID-19 vaccinations in progress, a group of industry professionals are determined to light the way by empowering business owners and, as a result, instilling confidence in clientele. The Academy for Hospitality Arts (AHA) will be presenting on COVID-19 safety at a free virtual conference next week as a part of this mission.

"I've heard people say New York City is a ghost town right now. That could not be further from the truth," says Michael DiPeri, President and Founder of AHA. "The restaurant, hospitality and event industries have taken the lead in getting businesses back to full operating status. We've done our homework. Now we're welcoming our patrons back knowing we've dotted every i, crossed every t with regards to their safety and ours."

On Tuesday, March 16, 2021, as a part of a next-level virtual learning conference hosted by Lovegevity's E3Xperience, four speakers from the AHA will take the stage to present to an international audience of hundreds of professionals in the hospitality industry. Online attendees of the event will have an opportunity to benefit from AHA's extensive research and insightful expert knowledge for protecting themselves while getting back to serving guests safely and keeping their staff safe.

Founder Michael DiPeri, along with Karen Diperi of The Academy for Hospitality Arts (AHA), rolled up their sleeves in the midst of the pandemic to create a comprehensive blueprint for hospitality professionals to get their feet firmly on the road to reopening success. The AHA is on a mission to lead fellow business professionals through the ever-changing COVID safety protocols so they can get back to full capacity with confidence. The pair have been immersed in New York City's event and hospitality scene for more than 30 years. Now they're leveraging decades of experience to set industry standards by providing training programs and certifications, all built on extensive research and scientific data.

The AHA has recently introduced two specific programs to ensure hospitality and event professionals are ready to meet the most stringent health standards set by the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

1. COVID-19 Readiness Program (Course (CRC) for - wait staff and servers all members of the hospitlity industry.)

2. COVID Hospitality Compliance Officer (CHCO) Certification course, for management those who take a leadership role in guiding hospitality back to full capacity.

Both programs prepare hospitality professionals for:

* the increase in new daily protocols for cleaning and disinfecting

* the increase in protection of customers

* conflict resolution protocols

* identifying symptoms, isolation precautions, and much more

During the March 16 virtual conference, attendees will be able to sign up for their COVID-19 Readiness Courses with a donation to World Central Kitchen. "The Academy for Hospitality Arts is proud to partner with this organization," said Karen DePeri, Chief Marketing Officer of The AHA. "We have already raised $2500 for their cause, and will continue our fundraising efforts at the event, offering our safety courses to attendees in exchange for their donation to World Central Kitchen." They will also have the opportunity to gain preferred access to the CHCO Certification course.

Free Tickets for the immersive online experience, "The Road to ReOpening," are available through Sunday, March 14 at

If the first full-day event in the series was any indication, it's going to be a spectacle of cutting-edge 3D technology. Guests will soak up inspiration, and take away more confidence for the future of their businesses.

"Along with the learning opportunities, it's a day of networking, socializing and an all-around good time set in the streets of New York, and attendees get to enjoy it from anywhere. We're thrilled to introduce this type of experience to the event industry. Even after the pandemic is behind us, we want to show global audiences how to bring audiences together in an exciting virtual setting," said Cho Phillips, CEO of Lovegevity and co-founder of the E3Xperience.

Anyone interested in learning more about the AHA's COVID-19 safety training courses can visit the AHA website for details. Live online classes have begun, and will be available online and instructor-led through accredited colleges and universities as part of a partnership between Lovegevity University and the Academy for Hospitality Arts.

About the Academy for Hospitality Arts

Founded in 2014 by Michael and Karen DiPeri, the Academy for Hospitality Arts is the authority in hospitality training and setting excellence in service standards. With more than 30 years of experience and 17 years of research on service and standards at the highest level, the AHA seeks to elevate the hospitality industry through a standardized service excellence framework. The AHA is committed to educating directors of midsize to large catering and foodservice providers and individuals seeking hospitality front-of-house professional training. To learn more, visit ​

About E3Xperience

E3Xperience (E3xp) is an Immersive Luxury Event Management & Production division of Lovegevity. Co-founded by Monica Mowad and Cho Phillips in 2020, E3Xperience combines live interactive virtual events with 3D technology platforms to create an immersive experience for online attendees. With a focus on education, entertainment, and engaging experiences, E3Xperience is bridging the gap between in-person and virtual events. For more information or to schedule your next hybrid event, contact Monica Mowad at 888-221-9988 x900.

About Lovegevity

Lovegevity is a career and technical education (CTE) course provider to schools, colleges, and universities. Founded in 1997 by Cho Phillips, Lovegevity has over 2200 accredited college and university partners across the United States and around the world. Lovegevity's CTE programs provide skills, training, and education through various learning experiences, including hands-on, real-world learning, and paid internships. Lovegevity builds hybrid programs for both classroom and online learning with career-focused learning outcomes. For more information, visit ​

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AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar Announces its Spring Fling Cobia Tournament Dates

DESTIN, Fla. -- It's time to break out that fishing gear. AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar is hosting its Spring Fling Cobia Tournament from April 2-3, 2021. And, this year's event benefits two of its favorite non-profits, the Destin Fishing Museum and Kids on the Coast Foundation. Proceeds from the tournament will be split between the two.

Early registration is $400 and goes through March 29. After that, registration goes up to $500 and regular registration and packet pickups start at 6:30 p.m. on April 1. Anglers can register in person at any of AJ's four locations; or email entry forms to: $10,000 in cash awards are guaranteed.

This year's tournament has a few changes compared to previous ones. For example, this year, all boats registered will be entered into a drawing for a free entry into the 2021 Destin Fishing Rodeo. A drawing will be held April 1 after all registrations have been received. And, since Easter falls on that first Sunday in April, this year's event has been shortened to two days instead of three.

Tournament weigh-ins will be held on the docks at AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar and scales will be open both tournament days from 4 p.m. till 8 p.m. Weigh-in festivities are free and open to the public. Free parking is available too.

For more information, email:; call: 850-837-0404; or follow their Facebook event page:

About AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar

Since 1984, AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar has been serving cold Gulf Coast oysters and cool libations. What began as a popular local hang out known for fresh oysters and cold beer has grown into one of the most iconic "hot spots" on the Destin Harbor. From its humble beginning shucking oysters off the deck behind a small trailer on the Destin Harbor, it's proud to have grown to four locations along Florida's Emerald Coast, serving the freshest seafood, best live music and most exciting water activities in the Destin area.


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Ori’Zaba’s Scratch Mexican Grill Gives Parents the Break They Deserve with Family Friendly Sundays

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Ori'Zaba's Scratch Mexican Grill has created a new, welcoming atmosphere for families every Sunday. The upgraded Sunday dining experience, gives busy parents a much-needed break from daily meal prep, giving kids a yummy dine-in experience where they can be themselves; pajamas and comfy attire are encouraged! Guests want convenient options to fit their stressful schedules which is why Ori'Zaba's has made Sundays a priority to create a safe and healthy choice for families with children.

"This is more than just a 'Kids Eat Free Sunday,' the entire dining experience has been enhanced to give tired parents a place where they can feel comfortable bringing their kids for a meal," said D.J. Wonnacott-Yahnke, Director of Consumer Product Management.

A kid friendly Spotify playlist will be queued every Sunday and family dancing is encouraged! Fresh and fruity, scratch made agua fresca drinks are available as a delicious option to add to their favorite Ori'Zaba's menu items: tacos, burritos and quesadillas.

Free kids meals are available for children 12 and under, with the purchase of an adult entree every single Sunday. Ori'Zaba's uses whole food ingredients in all of their scratch made meals giving parents a fresh and healthy alternative to fast food, where they can feel good about their family meal choices when they dine together at Ori'Zaba's.

With many families working and schooling from home during 'Stay at home mandates,' a restaurant that prioritizes families and kids of all ages, is a welcome addition. Time and care makes Ori'Zaba's Mexican food truly homemade and parent approved, and now with the intention of creating a family bonding experience each and every Sunday, Ori'Zabas is hoping to create new traditions for hectic households.

Ori'Zaba's menu includes popular items including; Ultimate Steak Fries, a spicy Zalapeño Burrito and a Surf and Turf Burrito filled with mega flavors. Customers also have the flexibility to create their own tacos, burritos, bowls, nachos and salads.

About Ori'Zaba's Scratch Mexican Grill

Ori'Zaba's is a fast-casual Mexican restaurant chain whose mission is to feed the soul of every guest with old world Mexican flavors, made every day with care in their scratch kitchens, with the finest, freshest ingredients. Originating in Las Vegas in 2001, Ori'Zaba's has multiple locations across the area.

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For more information about Family Sundays contact:
Nicole Brooks, Ori'Zaba's Public Media Relations

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