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Grand Central Oyster Bar Closes After Briefly Opening at Limited Capacity

Less than two weeks after it reopened for indoor dining, the Grand Central Oyster Bar, one of New York City’s most famed restaurants, has closed its doors again—at least for the time being.

Officials with the dining spot, a fixture in Grand Central Terminal since the railway hub’s opening in 1913, said business was too slow at this point, defying their hopes and expectations. The restaurant, which shut down in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic, restarted operations when New York state allowed indoor dining to resume within the five boroughs on Sept. 30.

Oyster Bar officials said they knew it was never going to be an easy ride, given that the state had limited indoor dining to 25% capacity. But Executive Chef Sandy Ingber said the restaurant was still unable to fill tables to anywhere near that level in the short period since it had started again, with sales

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Major Chinese Bank Launches Central Bank Digital Currency Wallet Briefly

One of China’s biggest banks recently opened up registration for wallets using the country’s central bank-backed digital currency. There are four levels of the wallet, according to reports. However, the bank took the offer down a few hours later.

China’s Digital Currency Wallet Launch

China Construction Bank (CCB), one of the country’s largest state-owned banks, reportedly launched a digital renminbi wallet in its official app Saturday, Sina reported citing a 21st Century Business Herald reporter. Users in the areas where the digital yuan is being tested, such as those in Shenzhen, reportedly could register for the wallet.

The bank’s user agreement explains that the services provided by the digital renminbi wallet include payment, redemption, transfer, and credit card recharge, the publication detailed, adding that there are four levels of the digital renminbi wallet with varying balance and payment limits.

Major Chinese Bank Launches Central Bank Digital Currency Wallet Briefly
Screenshots of the CCB’s digital renminbi wallet, courtesy of 21st
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Virtual business training available

“ScaleUp: The Online COVID-19 Edition for Rural Counties” is open for registration to businesses throughout the state.

The free training will take place on 10 consecutive Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon starting Sept. 30.

The program will include virtual classroom training, roundtables, best practices and access to mentors to help businesses become more resilient and sustainable in the face of the pandemic.

The course is aimed at business owners or executives of businesses that have been in operation for two years with annual gross revenue of more than $100,000.

“ScaleUp” is a partnership between the state Department of Commerce, Thurston Economic Development Council, The Center for Business Innovation, and local economic development organizations.

Registration can be done at startup.choosewashingtonstate.com/programs/scaleup/

Virtual benefit concert to support local farms

The Washington Farmland Trust and Viva Farms are teaming up to hold “Love the Land: a virtual benefit concert

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