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Restaurant News Roundup, 04/21/2020

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Shake Shack are among the national restaurant chains criticized for getting millions of dollars in grants from the multi-billion dollar federal Paycheck Protection Program, crowding out smaller restaurants from the now exhausted fund.  Read more here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/04/20/white-house-gop-face-heat-after-hotel-restaurant-chains-helped-run-small-business-program-dry/   An estimated 8 million restaurant workers have been furloughed […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 4/5/2020

Coping with coronavirus restrictions, California Pizza Kitchen is among the chains offering meal kits and grocery items for pick-up or delivery.  Read more here: https://www.foodnetwork.com/fn-dish/news/2020/4/chain-restaurants-new-ways-to-feed-customers Restaurants across U.S. mobilize to help feed medical workers on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/voraciously/wp/2020/04/04/restaurants-step-up-to-feed-hospital-workers-on-the-pandemics-front-lines/   Some states ease restrictions on […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 3/21/2020

Domino’s will hire 10,000 workers to meet delivery demand during the coronavirus outbreak, with Domino’s CEO saying in a statement the restaurant chain not only wants to feed people during the crisis but also provide jobs for those “…looking for work at this time, especially those in the heavily-impacted restaurant […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 3/7/2020

Restaurant industry bracing for coronavirus impact as some experts predict a shift toward food delivery.  Read more here: https://www.nrn.com/news/restaurant-industry-braces-coronavirus-impact   McDonald’s, Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts among restaurants taking sanitation measures to prevent coronavirus spread.  Read more here: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/06/us-restaurants-respond-to-coronavirus-with-more-cleaning-and-creativity.html   Coronavirus impact overseas: restaurants have closed in cities like Shanghai, Macau, […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 2/22/2020

Layoffs at Subway’s corporate headquarters in Connecticut reflect struggle at the sandwich chain giant as it copes with declining sales and store closings.  https://www.restaurantbusinessonline.com/financing/subway-lays-300-corporate-headquarters   Papa John’s turnaround plan seems to be bearing fruit as the company focuses on improving company culture with incentives such as its Dough & Degrees […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 1/25/20

A recent survey of full-service restaurants show the sector has no shortage of challenges but still is thriving with an average profit margin of 11 percent.  Read more here: https://www.fsrmagazine.com/finance/state-full-service-restaurant-industry   With consolidation increasingly the norm in the restaurant business, more mergers are taking place among growth chains buying up other […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 12/21/19

The front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, Joe Biden, is calling for the McDonald’s work force to be unionized.  Read more here: https://www.restaurantbusinessonline.com/workforce/joe-biden-calls-unionization-mcdonalds The food and beverage industry once had the lowest average chargeback rates in the business, but now almost one-third of respondents to a recent survey say these forced refunds […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 11/06/2019

Restaurant Brands International, which operates Burger King and Tim Hortons among others, is among four restaurant companies that have received a prestigious industry award.  Read more here: https://www.restaurantbusinessonline.com/leadership/4-restaurant-companies-awarded-top-global-industry-honor More full service restaurants are closing down as more customers patronize fast casual and quick service markets.   Read more here:  https://www.foxbusiness.com/lifestyle/restaurant-chains-dying The […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 10/16/19

Chipotle expands its college tuition assistance program for eligible employees in a move to retain and recruit workers.  Read more here:  https://www.restaurantbusinessonline.com/workforce/chipotle-expands-its-tuition-assistance-program   KFC launches on-line ordering and sees big success right off the bat.  The move is part of the chain’s overall technology strategy.  Read more here:  https://www.restaurantbusinessonline.com/technology/kfcs-future-online-ordering-more-delivery-artificial-intelligence   […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 10/01/2019

The restaurant industry’s share of the food dollar is now at 51% as more Americans eat out than ever before, according to an overview of the US restaurant business.  Read more here: https://articles2.marketrealist.com/2019/09/the-restaurant-industry-an-overview/   Supermarket chain Kroger has opened a food hall in a new store in downtown Cincinnati, in […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 9/16/2019

Apps are now the way to go for restaurants.  That’s the word from a top executive at Wayback Burgers who says email and social media are just not enough anymore.   Read more here:  https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesbusinessdevelopmentcouncil/2019/09/16/restaurant-app-best-practices/#2593c437522a     Taco Bell rolls out a vegetarian menu, with 13 meatless options, to meet […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 8/20/2019

Food delivery apps are reshaping the $836 billion restaurant industry – as more digital-only establishments are set up to make food for people who want to eat at home.  Read more here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/14/technology/uber-eats-ghost-kitchens.html?searchResultPosition=3   But this chain, Jimmy John’s, is bucking the trend to use delivery apps like Uber Eats or […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 8/6/19

Pizza Hut to shutter hundreds of locations as it transitions away from dine in restaurants and replaces them with take out and delivery stores.  Read more here:  https://www.restaurantbusinessonline.com/financing/pizza-hut-plans-close-hundreds-us-units   A new survey shows men are eating out less frequently, one reason why restaurant traffic is down over the past two […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 7/17/2019

Chipotle and Shake Shack stocks up by more than 60% so far this year, the two top performers in the restaurant industry where overall stocks are up just 11% because of weak sales and higher labor costs.  Read more here: https://www.restaurantbusinessonline.com/financing/chipotle-shake-shack-lead-restaurant-stocks   Subway is expected to provide franchisees with more than […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 6/18/19

The market for buying up restaurant chains is especially active now…as Jack’s Family Restaurants, among others, are reportedly looking for buyers.  Read more here:  https://www.restaurantbusinessonline.com/financing/lot-restaurant-chains-are-sale-right-now   While the threat of tariffs on Mexican imports has eased, the restaurant industry could be hurt if they are implemented since food costs would […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 5/29/2019

Hourly restaurant workers can now get certified by the National Restaurant Association in a program aimed at helping them move up the career ladder.  Read more about the Association’s ServSuccess progam here: https://www.restaurantbusinessonline.com/topics/restaurant-association-launches-program-keep-employees-industry   Start with a food truck or locate in a mall food court – two of five […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 5/13/19

A survey of restaurant consumers finds they are becoming increasingly concerned over finances, with 49 percent saying they plan to re-allocate their spending to purchases other than going out to eat.  Read more here about the 2019 US Restaurant Outlook Survey: https://www.consulting.us/news/2215/labor-issues-financial-unease-top-restaurant-industry-concerns-in-2019   BBQ chain, Famous Dave, has opened its first […]

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