Restaurant News Roundup, 06/04/2024

Taco John’s, a Mexican fast-food chain, plans to use AI to handle drive-thru orders at its more than 350 franchised restaurants following a successful experiment at a location in Minnesota.  Taco John’s joins other fast food chains such as Wendy’s, Checkers and Hardee’s testing the new technology.  Read more here: […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 05/21/2024

Red Lobster has filed for bankruptcy and closed almost 90 stores across 27 states.  Read more here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/food/2024/05/20/red-lobster-bankruptcy-locations-closing/73772169007/   Staffing, AI, and sustainability are among the highlighted topics at this year’s National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago.  Read more here: https://www.restaurant-hospitality.com/staffing/4-takeaways-2024-national-restaurant-association-show   Wow Bao’s steamed bun concept finds success in […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 05/03/2024

Restaurant employment had modest gains in April, adding some 28,000 jobs according to the latest report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Read more here: https://www.nrn.com/consumer-trends/restaurant-industry-jobs-growth-slows-april-unemployment-rate-rises   The long-predicted consumer pullback seems to have arrived as chains such as Starbucks, KFC and Pizza Hut are reporting shrinking same-store sales.  Read […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 04/22/2024

A new study says workers in the restaurant and foodservice industry have the highest number of complaints about burnout compared to other industries.  Read more here: https://www.nrn.com/data-research/restaurant-industry-has-highest-degree-employee-burnout-study-shows   Fast food diners say they are cutting back on eating out because of rising prices.  Read more here: https://www.businessinsider.com/fast-food-is-expensive-people-annoyed-eating-out-restaurant-2024   Red Lobster, […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 04/11/2024

California restaurants are now dealing with the ripple effect of the minimum wage hike for fast food workers.  Restaurants of all sizes are reassessing their operations to adapt to the changed economic climate.  Read more here: https://www.nrn.com/workforce/delivering-digital-restaurant-california-wage-law-sends-ripples-through-restaurant   Chick-fil-A’s non-mall eateries last year generated average unit revenues of $9.4 million, according […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 04/01/2024

California fast-food workers at chains with more than 60 national locations are now earning $20 an hour as a new state law goes into effect.  Some affected eateries have raised menu prices or cut their workforce.  Read more here: https://www.necn.com/news/business/money-report/california-fast-food-workers-are-getting-a-raise-other-businesses-might-have-to-catch-up/3198669/   Tensions emerge at California’s Fast Food Council, the deliberative body […]

Restaurant Industry Salary Report 2024

Restaurant Industry Salary Report 2024 (CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE REPORT) Unveiling the 2024 Restaurant Industry Salary Guide: A Comprehensive Analysis We are delighted to present this year’s Restaurant Industry Salary Guide, a meticulously crafted resource that delves deep into the realm of wages within various roles in the hospitality […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 03/21/2024

  Salaried fast-food managers in California will be entitled to overtime pay under the state’s new minimum wage law that goes into effect next month.  Read more here: https://www.restaurantbusinessonline.com/workforce/californias-new-fast-food-wage-law-will-also-expand-overtime-eligibility   As the restaurant industry anticipates record sales in 2024, insurance costs are likely to go up as well.  Higher restaurant […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 03/05/2024

California’s new minimum wage hike that goes into effect on April 1st at limited-service restaurants is going to have a ripple effect across the country, say experts.  Read more here: https://www.businessinsider.com/california-20-dollar-fast-food-wage-restaurant-prices-jobs-workers-2024-3   Panera seems to have benefitted from a specific exemption in that new California minimum wage law.  The exemption applies […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 02/28/2024

Outrage greets Wendy’s plan to introduce dynamic pricing to its menu options next year.  Wendy’s defends the move as providing more choices to customers. Read more here: https://www.businessinsider.com/wendys-surge-dynamic-pricing-controversy-fast-food-cost-uber-airlines-2024-2   The Washington, D.C.-based fast-casual chain, Cava, wraps up its first year as a public company with double-digit traffic growth.  Read more […]

10 Best Websites for Hospitality Staffing Solutions

Ten best websites for recruiting reliable and skilled restaurant staff. These include popular platforms like Indeed and ZipRecruiter, as well as niche sites like The Restaurant Zone and Poached Jobs. Consider factors such as platform features, reach, and cost when choosing a hiring website, and your unique needs, budget, and time constraints when hiring.

Restaurant News Roundup, 02/10/2024

California fast food workers form a union, the first of its kind for the restaurant industry.  The union will be demanding better pay and working conditions for its members.  Read more here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2024/02/09/fast-food-union-california/   The National Restaurant Association predicts sales to exceed $1.1 trillion this year, a record high, while restaurant […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 01/21/2024

Californians will be paying more for their fast food as menu prices rise to offset mandatory minimum wage hikes for fast food workers.  Some half a million workers in California are expected to benefit from the pay increases.  Read more here: https://en.as.com/latest_news/why-are-fast-food-prices-going-up-in-california-n/   Increasing reliance on technology in the restaurant industry, […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 01/09/2024

Experts say some key restaurant trends in 2024 are:  Happy hour is becoming the new dinner hour and solo dining is up.  Read more here: https://www.restaurantbusinessonline.com/food/these-are-big-menu-trends-watch-2024   TGI Fridays closes several dozen locations in 12 states, in a sudden move that the chain described as part of its “ongoing growth […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 12/28/2003

Independent restaurants sum up a year of “fluctuating fortunes,” according to a recent survey by the James Beard Foundation.  Read more here about the notable openings and closings in 2023:  https://www.restaurantbusinessonline.com/operations/notable-openings-closings-year-fluctuating-fortunes   Flower Child, known for its salads and hippie-concept menu, plans to expand to more locations in 2024 as […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 12/07/2023

Ghost Kitchens, the pandemic concept that was going to revolutionize the restaurant industry, are going out of business and closing.  Read more here: https://www.cnn.com/2023/12/05/business/ghost-kitchens-were-supposed-to-be-the-future-of-fast-food-theyre-flaming-out/index.html   Wage growth for restaurant workers has slowed dramatically from a high of 10.5% in December 2021 to 4.9% in October 2023.  This according to a […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 11/20/2023

A number of major restaurant chains have been making significant reductions in their locations, including Burger King, Applebee’s and Steak ‘n Shake.  Read more here: https://en.as.com/latest_news/what-restaurant-chains-have-been-forced-to-close-locations-in-2023-n/   Jobs for restaurant cooks are expected to grow by 20% over the next ten years as the leisure and hospitality industry expands to […]

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