This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business.

Few people know the restaurant business like Bob Nilsen, managing partner of Nilsen Ventures. From Pizza Hut, Burger King, and Taco Bell, to Café Rio, Kentucky Fried Chicken and now Sidecar Donuts, Bob’s built an empire and has good advice concerning how cafes and customers can “Stay Safe to Stay Open.”


The “Stay Safe to Stay Open” campaign is all about looking out for each other. It’s what makes a restaurant great in the first place – managers and employees who emphasize safety and thoughtful service. “Stay Safe to Stay Open” means practicing good hygiene for staff and customers alike. It means regularly sterilizing high-touch surfaces, wearing masks and protective gloves, practicing social distancing, taking temperatures of employees when they arrive for their shifts, and never forcing an employee to come in sick.

Customers need to consider safety of the staff and other patrons. If you are ill don’t go out. Unless you are able to social distance, make sure to wear a mask. If you are in a high-risk group, use curb-side pick-up or have your food delivered.


By taking care of each other we can reactivate the economy, enjoy Utah’s fine restaurants, and return to what I believe will be a better normal. To do that, however, we all need to “Stay Safe to Stay Open.”

I’m Derek Miller with the Salt Lake Chamber, and this is Speaking on Business.