Annie’s Clark Brunch returns to business; Owner Annie Jenkins received $4K from supporters while closed due to the COVID pandemic

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There are not many instances where Annie Jenkins, who has owned Annie’s Clark Brunch on Main Street in Worcester for 34 years, is not busy busting her butt attending to everyone around her — mainly customers and family.

The award-winning short-order cook has an uncommon talent of churning out breakfast and lunch staples at an incredibly fast rate, all the while remaining jovial and unflustered, for the most part. If you ask her daughter Megan Zawalich, who is a server at the diner, she might give you a different answer.

But Annie’s work, like her grill, is swift and relentless and it took a global pandemic to force her to slow down. And, admittedly, she enjoyed having some time off.

She did something she had never done in

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New York Sports Clubs Files For Bankruptcy

Town Sports International CEO Patrick Walsh (Credit: JoJosh313; Getty)

Town Sports International CEO Patrick Walsh (Credit: JoJosh313; Getty)

The owner of New York Sports Clubs can’t run away from the pandemic.

Town Sports International — which owns sports clubs in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. — filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday after the forced closure of gyms led to big losses in revenue, Reuters reported.

Operators of fitness centers have been hit hard by the pandemic lockdown as much of their revenue comes from monthly membership and personal training fees.

Gold’s Gyms International and 24 Hour Fitness Worldwide both filed for bankruptcy earlier this year.

Town Sports’ financial woes predate the pandemic, though. The company noted in its 2019 financial reports that it was facing mounting debt. It had hoped to buy Flywheel Sports, and use the acquisition financing to pay down a $200 million loan coming due in November. But that deal fell through.

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New York Sports Clubs owner files for bankruptcy on coronavirus hit, eyes sale

(Reuters) – Town Sports International Inc, the owner of New York Sports Clubs, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday and plans to sell itself, after the coronavirus pandemic forced its gyms to close and caused revenue to dry up.

Saying the pandemic “wreaked havoc” on its operations, Town Sports and 161 affiliates filed for protection with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware.

As of March 31, Town Sports operated 185 fitness centers, including 99 New York Sports Clubs, with about 580,000 members.

The company’s brands also include gyms in Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. named for those cities, as well as Lucille Roberts and Total Woman Gym and Spa. Assets and liabilities totaled between $500 million and $1 billion.

Gym operators have suffered as the pandemic deprived them of the monthly membership and personal training fees that generate much of their revenue.

Gold’s Gym International Inc filed for

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The Gun-Toting, Millennial Restaurant Owner Trying to Ride the Covid Backlash to Congress

As Boebert proudly touts her insurgent primary win at campaign events, her Democratic opponent, Diane Mitsch Bush, a former county commissioner and state legislator from Steamboat Springs, has begun to seize on Boebert’s less-than-polished past — including multiple arrests and a history of financial and other issues at her restaurant. Boebert also faced criticism in May when she appeared to embrace the QAnon conspiracy theory, saying she hoped it was real “because it only means that America is getting stronger and better, and people are returning to conservative values.” Her campaign has since said repeatedly that Boebert does not support the QAnon theory, which the FBI has warned could pose a domestic terrorist threat. “She is on the record that she is not a follower of conspiracy theories,” Laura Carno, a campaign spokesperson, told POLITICO Magazine.

Mitsch Bush, who lost a challenge to Tipton in 2018 by 8 points, in

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Reopening California: San Francisco salons, gyms, massage studios, tattoo parlors reopen for indoor services amid ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — San Francisco relaxed its health order a bit on Monday, allowing nail and hair salons, gyms, massage studios and tattoo parlors to welcome a limited number of customers back indoors.

At MX3 Fitness, Kevin Mcspadden was one of the first clients Monday morning to workout indoors. He hasn’t been inside a gym since March.

“It feels good,” he said in between bench presses.

The owner of MX3 Fitness is thrilled to be able to welcome people inside again. He had set up an outdoor area for clients while waiting for

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4 player moves on Steve Cohen’s to-do list when he becomes Mets owner

For weeks, the specter of Steve Cohen owning the Mets has served as medication of sorts for fans sickened by what is so far another season of disappointment. Every bitter loss has been soothed at least somewhat by the thought of what a multi-billionaire with a fan’s thirst for a championship — a description that reportedly fits Cohen — might do to improve the ballclub.

In fact, the Mets’ faithful seem to see the new owner as their own personal Santa Claus, with everyone drawing up their own wish list of players to be purchased on his dime, presuming that the new owner is going to spend on the team the way he does on his ballyhooed art collection.

And now that Cohen has officially reached agreement to take over ownership of the franchise, pending a November vote of approval by the other Major League Baseball owners, the anticipation of

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RPM Owner, Long Interested In Improving NASCAR’s Diversity, Eyes Replacements For Bubba Wallace

When Andrew Murstein established his sports fund years ago, with the intent of buying into a professional team, his focus was on partnering with a owner from an underrepresented group and consisted of talks with Michael Jordan. The fund ultimately led to his purchasing a share in Richard Petty Motorsports, an organization within the predominately white sport of auto racing.

Murstein sought to shift that decades-long perception, signing Cuban-American driver Aric Almirola in 2012, followed by African-American rookie Bubba Wallace in 2018. Wallace, who confirmed today he’s leaving RPM at the end of the 2020 season

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Gym Owner Who Ran To Support Local Businesses Forced To Close

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Morristown gym owner Matt Scarfo is experiencing something many local business owners have felt as a result of the coronavirus pandemic: the loss of his business despite all efforts to save it.

After months of uncertainty, attempts from supportive community members to raise money, and the governor’s go-ahead to reopen, Scarfo announced last week that his business, Full-Time Fitness, would be closing for good.

“Six months is a terribly long time for any small business to hold its breath,” Scarfo wrote in a letter to patrons announcing the closure. “The fact that we held on for this long is just as much a miracle as it is a curse.”

Scarfo, who has run Full-Time Fitness for nearly 10 years, met with his building manager just days before the governor’s announcement that gyms would be allowed to reopen. Unfortunately, he said, that wouldn’t have been enough.

“There was

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Owner of Buenos Aires Nights in Ashford and Maidstone warns some customers have already been hostile about new coronavirus rule

A Kent business owner has warned of confrontation with customers after the introduction of the ‘rule of six’.

Linda Pontoriero, who runs Buenos Aires Nights in Ashford and Maidstone, says she and her staff have already been challenged about the new regulations, that come into force from today.

Linda Pontoriero of Buenos Aries Nights in High Street, Maidstone. Picture: Gary Browne
Linda Pontoriero of Buenos Aries Nights in High Street, Maidstone. Picture: Gary Browne

People booking tables at her steakhouses have been trying to bend the rules by suggesting that larger groups could sit separately in the restaurant, she says.

“Some people try, if it’s 12, they want two tables of six,” said Linda.

“When they come in they say can we put the tables together and we have already explained the situation.”

Even if they sit in different parts of the restaurant, she explained, there is always the danger of them getting up and going over to the other table.

“Sometimes they

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Owner of Palmetto Cheese apologizes for Facebook post, explains Black woman’s image on packaging

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PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. (WBTW) — The owner of the Palmetto Cheese brand, who is also the mayor of Pawleys Island, apologized Thursday for a racially insensitive Facebook post and explained the branding of his product, which is the target of calls for a boycott.

When posting on Facebook about a man who was charged with shooting and killing two people after a traffic accident in Georgetown, Mayor Brian Henry wrote: “2 innocent people murdered. Not 2 thugs or people wanted on multiple warrants. 2 white people defenselessly gunned down by a black man.  Tell me, where is the outrage? When and where will we begin rioting and burning down businesses in Georgetown.”

Henry also referred to the Black Lives Matter movement as a “terror” organization.

“Why do we stand by and allow BLM

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