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 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 […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 04/24/2023

A national movement is building at both the federal and local level to change the restaurant industry’s approach to single-use plastics and disposables as part of an effort to reduce plastic waste.  Read more here: https://www.nrn.com/operations/how-food-delivery-changing-become-more-sustainable   Sandwich chain Subway says same-store sales grew by 12.1% in the first quarter […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 04/07/2023

Robot waiters: gimmick or future trend? Some restaurants are trying them out as a potential solution to the industry’s labor shortages.  Read more here: https://apnews.com/article/robots-waiters-restaurants-84336d32667219776d4d0942c28caa46   Restaurants and bars added 50,000 jobs in March, according to the latest U.S. Labor Department statistics – with March marking the 27th consecutive month […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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