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: […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 08/04/2023

More restaurants around the country are imposing extra service fees on customers, despite complaints.  Restaurant owners say they have no choice following passage of minimum wage increases in some cities.  Read more here: https://www.restaurantbusinessonline.com/financing/restaurants-keep-adding-service-fees-even-customers-say-they-dont-them   A bill introduced in Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $17 an hour […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 07/12/2023

With diners eating out less because of inflation, fast casual and QSRs (Quick Service Restaurants) are faring better with lower-priced menus.  Read more here: https://www.qsrweb.com/articles/inflation-exposes-gaps-in-restaurant-loyalty-physical-experience/   More restaurants across the U.S. are tacking on fees or surcharges to bills to combat higher costs. Upcharging diners beyond the prices stated on […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 06/30/2023

Burger King’s $400 million investment plan, dubbed “Reclaim the Flame”, is aimed at boosting same-store sales while returning to the basic concepts that made the fast-food chain popular.  Restaurant Brands CEO Joshua Kobza discusses the strategy in an interview with Yahoo!Finance.  Read more here: https://finance.yahoo.com/video/burger-king-franchisee-profitability-foundation-151443884.html   Taco Bell CEO Mark […]

Restaurant Industry Salary Report 2023

  CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL FREE 2023 RESTAURANT INDUSTRY SALARY REPORT We are happy to publish this year’s Restaurant Industry Salary Guide which provides an in-depth analysis of the wages paid across various occupations in the hospitality industry. Our team at Restaurant Zone has conducted extensive research by collating […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 05/24/2023

A new study says Indian and Filipino restaurants are vastly under-represented compared to Asian restaurants as a whole, comprising just 8% of all Asian eateries despite these nationalities making up nearly 40% of the Asian population in the U.S.  Read more here about the Pew Research Center study: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/indian-filipino-restaurants-underrepresented-asian-food-scene-new-stud-rcna85763   […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 05/16/2023

Workers at a few unionized Starbucks are re-thinking their vote to set up a union.  Three stores have filed for union decertification, though the total number of Starbucks unions are more than 300.  Read more here to find out why this is happening: https://www.nrn.com/workforce/starbucks-workers-are-starting-ask-leave-union   Mother’s Day is a lucrative […]

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