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 […]

Master the Art of Hiring: Ultimate Guide to Finding a Top-notch Restaurant General Manager

Introduction In the fast-paced and competitive world of the restaurant industry, a skilled and competent Restaurant General Manager (RGM) plays a pivotal role in the success of an establishment. The RGM serves as the driving force behind the operation, ensuring that every aspect of the restaurant runs smoothly and efficiently. […]

How to Hire an Executive Chef (For SMBs): 10 Simple Steps to Ensure a Successful Hire

  An executive chef is like the quarterback of a kitchen. They call the plays, ensure the team works smoothly, and create delicious dishes that customers will love. Hiring one for your restaurant is a big decision, and you want to ensure you get it right! According to the National […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 11/07/2023

Restaurants lose thousands of jobs in October, another indication that the restaurant industry still hasn’t recovered from the pandemic.  Read more here: https://www.tastingtable.com/1438923/restaurants-lost-thousands-jobs-in-october/   Outback Steakhouse sales drop by more than 1% as customers pull back on spending, causing the chain to ease up on price increases.  Read more here: […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 10/26/2023

Restaurant franchisors will face a greater risk of being sued or penalized for any ill treatment of employees by their franchisees under a new regulatory interpretation by the National Labor Relations Board.  Read more here: https://www.restaurantbusinessonline.com/workforce/new-rule-increases-restaurant-franchisors-chances-paying-franchisees-labor-mistakes   AI is poised to revolutionize the restaurant industry as generative artificial intelligence tools […]

The Secret Recipe for Cutting Employee Turnover in Restaurants – Revealed!

Introduction: Employee turnover is a silent issue that plagues the restaurant industry. High turnover rates can cripple a restaurant’s success and create constant instability within the workforce. Addressing this problem is crucial for the long-term success of any restaurant. In this article we’ll be discussing strategies and methods to improve […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 10/05/2023

New York has launched a program to help immigrant asylum seekers find jobs in hotels and restaurants.  The pilot program is likely to be monitored by other states.  Read more here: https://www.restaurantbusinessonline.com/workforce/ny-launches-program-turn-more-immigrant-asylum-seekers-restaurant-hotel-workers   Jack in the Box and Del Taco chains are among the chains opening up Drive-Thru-Only restaurants, a […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 09/27/2023

Consumer interest in eating less meat is rising but sales of plant-based protein substitutes for meat, chicken and seafood have declined in recent years.  Read more here: https://www.nrn.com/food-trends/future-plant-based-food-plants   Experts say fast food workers are most at risk from robots taking their jobs, though so far restaurant owners have found […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 09/15/2023

California’s minimum wage for fast food workers will rise to $20 an hour next April following a compromise deal reached between the restaurant industry and unions.  Read more here: https://www.cnbc.com/2023/09/15/california-fast-food-minimum-wage-deal-what-to-know.html   Wall Street analysts warn online food delivery companies, like DoorDash, could be hit hard as the pandemic-era pause on student-loan […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 08/30/2023

More delivery and takeout and smaller dining spaces are among the ways the Covid pandemic has changed the restaurant business.  Read more here: https://www.cnn.com/2023/08/13/business/covid-restaurant-industry/index.html   IHOP plans to use AI to help customers with their online orders.  The move comes as more customers switch to online ordering.  Read more here: […]

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