Restaurant News Roundup, 04/11/2024

California restaurants are now dealing with the ripple effect of the minimum wage hike for fast food workers.  Restaurants of all sizes are reassessing their operations to adapt to the changed economic climate.  Read more here: https://www.nrn.com/workforce/delivering-digital-restaurant-california-wage-law-sends-ripples-through-restaurant   Chick-fil-A’s non-mall eateries last year generated average unit revenues of $9.4 million, according […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 04/01/2024

California fast-food workers at chains with more than 60 national locations are now earning $20 an hour as a new state law goes into effect.  Some affected eateries have raised menu prices or cut their workforce.  Read more here: https://www.necn.com/news/business/money-report/california-fast-food-workers-are-getting-a-raise-other-businesses-might-have-to-catch-up/3198669/   Tensions emerge at California’s Fast Food Council, the deliberative body […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 03/21/2024

  Salaried fast-food managers in California will be entitled to overtime pay under the state’s new minimum wage law that goes into effect next month.  Read more here: https://www.restaurantbusinessonline.com/workforce/californias-new-fast-food-wage-law-will-also-expand-overtime-eligibility   As the restaurant industry anticipates record sales in 2024, insurance costs are likely to go up as well.  Higher restaurant […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 03/05/2024

California’s new minimum wage hike that goes into effect on April 1st at limited-service restaurants is going to have a ripple effect across the country, say experts.  Read more here: https://www.businessinsider.com/california-20-dollar-fast-food-wage-restaurant-prices-jobs-workers-2024-3   Panera seems to have benefitted from a specific exemption in that new California minimum wage law.  The exemption applies […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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