Restaurant News Roundup, 03/16/2023

The latest U.S. Labor Department figures show restaurant menu prices continue to outpace inflation at supermarkets and other food outlets, rising by 8.4% year over year in February.  Read more here: https://www.restaurantbusinessonline.com/financing/restaurant-menu-price-inflation-not-slowing   Starbucks and McDonald’s continue to be the world’s most valuable restaurant brands, according to a new report […]

Top Trends Impacting the Hospitality Industry

  As we transition into the new, post-pandemic normal, it’s safe to say that hospitality will never be the same. But with disruption comes opportunity and the path forward— while different than before  — will lead to new beginnings for the hospitality industry, and a future powered by technology and […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 03/01/2023

Higher menu prices and continued pent-up demand will drive up food industry sales by over 6% in 2023, according to a forecast by the National Restaurant Association.  Read more here: https://www.nrn.com/operations/foodservice-sales-hit-997-billion-2023-national-restaurant-association-forecasts   McDonald’s CEO has lashed out against regulatory efforts at the state and federal levels that he says could […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 02/14/2023

Subway says it is considering a potential sale of the company.  Tuesday’s announcement comes after weeks of rumors about the future of the sandwich chain.  Read more here: https://www.nrn.com/news/subway-announces-potential-sale-company   Mixed picture in latest jobs report, but good news in the hiring upsurge of restaurant and bar workers.  Read more […]

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 […]

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