Restaurant News Roundup, 01/19/2023

The National Restaurant Association says new data shows restaurant sales declined in December and November, though the downward trend is not driven by a lack of demand. Read more here: https://www.nrn.com/consumer-trends/restaurant-sales-and-traffic-declined-december   A new survey indicates up to one-third of the nation’s full-service and quick-service restaurants are using cheaper ingredients […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 01/05/2023

Breakfast is becoming the most important meal of the day for fast food, or so-called quick-service restaurants.  The growing popularity of breakfast-time and other trends are expected to revamp the QSR segment in the year ahead.  Read more here: https://www.foodbusinessnews.net/articles/22941-fast-foods-future   Restaurant operators have a mixed outlook for 2023, according […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 12/20/2022

Theft of mobile orders at Panera is forcing some drastic measures.  The popularity of Panera’s Rapid Pickup mobile ordering system is leading to more thefts of bags waiting to be picked up at some of the chain’s eateries, say workers.  Read more here: https://www.businessinsider.com/panera-mobile-online-order-pick-up-stolen-theft-workers-2022-12   The lessons of 2022 for […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 12/08/2022

Restaurant industry petition gets enough signatures to postpone California’s FAST act until a 2024 referendum vote.  The act would regulate the state’s fast food industry.  Read more here: https://www.nrn.com/news/california-fast-act-goes-vote-after-restaurant-industry-petition-gathers-one-million-signatures   With inflation, pandemic-caused bankruptcies, and labor shortages, 2022 has been a challenging year for restaurants.  Read more here about how […]

Why Use a Restaurant Staffing Agency? Here are 5 Reasons

When clients approach us for restaurant, hotel and hospitality recruitment needs, they often ask us, “why should we use a restaurant staffing agency?” Being in business for almost a decade now, we’ve compiled a list of factors to consider when picking a restaurant or hospitality staffing agency, including the appropriate time to […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 11/27/2022

How a family-run Mexican restaurant became a popular chain that has spread throughout the Southwest.  Read more about the expansion of Roberto’s Taco Shop restaurants here: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/robertos-taco-shop-mexican-family-restaurant-southwest-chain-rcna48851   With prices for food consumed away from home rising by over 8% over the past 12 months, chains and independent restaurants are […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 11/07/2022

Restaurants are seeing increased sales by offering more meatless options on their menus. Mexican-style dishes made with alternative proteins or meat substitutes are among the most popular.  Read more here: https://www.restaurantbusinessonline.com/food/trending-plant-based-dishes-add-menu   First Watch, the Florida-based breakfast chain, enjoys solid sales growth by attracting Millennial and Gen Z customers who […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 10/22/2022

While the restaurant industry remains about half a million employees short compared to pre-pandemic numbers, relatively few independent restaurants plan to increase their hiring this holiday season according to surveys.  Read more here: https://www.nrn.com/workforce/labor-forecast-paints-grim-picture-independent-restaurants-holiday-season   Restaurants in Florida, Texas, Arizona and Nevada have benefitted from shifting U.S. population trends, seeing strong […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 10/04/2022

The popularity of virtual restaurants, which offer only food delivery or pickup, is now leading to franchising.  Big Deal Burger, Wing Boss and others are among the virtual restaurant franchises that have opened up in recent months.  Read more here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/fionasimpson1/2022/10/04/cooking-up-a-storm-the-rise-of-the-virtual-restaurant-franchise/?sh=16a1deb26a49   Florida restaurants and bars are recovering from Hurricane […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 09/23/2022

Traffic is down at Olive Garden restaurants compared to pre-Covid levels, as rising inflation causes some of the chain’s lower-income customers to stay away.  Read more here: https://www.restaurantbusinessonline.com/financing/lower-income-guests-are-pulling-back-olive-garden   With restaurants facing a continuing labor shortage, some are turning to robotics for help.  Meet Flippy, a robot cooking up fries at […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 09/06/2022

The National Restaurant Association vows to fight new California law establishing a council to set wages and conditions for the state’s fast food sector.  Labor supports the law but industry groups are opposed.  Read more here: https://www.restaurantdive.com/news/newsom-signs-fast-food-council-bill-AB257/631232/   Latest government statistics shows restaurants and bars slowed their hiring in August. […]

Restaurant News Roundup 08/22/2022

Restaurants’ breakfast business is booming after taking a hit during the pandemic.  Read more here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/aliciakelso/2022/08/11/after-taking-a-hit-during-the-pandemic-restaurants-breakfast-business-is-coming-back-with-velocity/?sh=25652cefed17   A new survey by the National Restaurant Association finds that most restaurant owners have increased menu prices in recent months to offset higher food, beverage and labor costs.  Almost half of those surveyed […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 08/02/2022

A survey shows consumers are more likely to cut spending on clothes and travel instead of eating out at restaurants.  Read more here: https://www.restaurantdive.com/news/consumers-spend-40-percent-of-food-budget-on-restaurants-despite-inflation/627327/   Chipotle launches training program focused on the basics of operations – called “Project Square One” – to serve more meals to customers as sales increased […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 7/21/2022

Restaurant customers mention short staffing three times more often in their Yelp reviews so far this year compared to a year ago, according to Yelp.  Read more here about how the labor shortage is affecting both restaurants and customers: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/07/17/customer-service-suffers-at-short-staffed-restaurants-as-covid-takes-toll.html   Sustainable restaurant practices such as local sourcing of food […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 07/05/2022

The move toward unionization in the restaurant industry is gaining momentum, largely because wages are not keeping up with inflation say some experts.  Read more here: https://www.nrn.com/workforce/restaurant-industry-union-movement-gaining-momentum-here-s-what-expect   California Pizza Kitchen, Logan’s Roadhouse and Friendly’s are among the chains making a comeback after declaring bankruptcy.  Read more here: https://www.eatthis.com/news-restaurant-chains-making-biggest-comebacks-after-bankruptcy/   […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 06/23/2022

Workers at a Chipotle Mexican Grill location in Augusta, Maine, have filed a petition to hold a union election – becoming the first outlet in the burrito restaurant chain to join the union organizing movement sweeping across the restaurant industry.  Read more here: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/06/23/chipotle-restaurant-in-maine-files-petition-for-union-election-.html   Quarterly earnings by Darden Restaurants […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 06/04/2022

Restaurant and bars added just over 46,000 jobs in May, according to the U.S. Labor Department, continuing a run of steady hiring for the industry.  Read more here: https://www.restaurantbusinessonline.com/financing/restaurants-continued-adding-jobs-may   America’s last surviving Howard Johnson’s restaurant has closed.  The chain once had more than one-thousand restaurants but the last one, in […]

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