Restaurant News Roundup, 4/22/16

Declining soda consumption in restaurants is a worrisome trend for restaurant profit margins. A new marketing study says people are ordering fewer Pepsis, Cokes, and other sodas at sit-down eateries. Read more here. McDonald’s is opening up a huge restaurant in Missouri, offering customers hundreds of choices to “build the […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 4/2/16

Cloudy future for immigration reform affects restaurant industry, where an estimated ten percent of the work force is staffed by immigrants – many undocumented. Read more here: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/03/10/ Ohio is a test state for the restaurant industry, according to the new head of Ohio’s Restaurant Association. Association head John Barker […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 3/3/16

Seafood restaurants – like Captain D’s restaurant chain – see spike in business during Lent. Read more here… Business Insider article makes the case against tipping, pointing to research showing the practice too often leads to sexual harassment of women servers. Read more here… Warren Buffet bullish on Burger King, […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 2/17/16

In 2016 so far, same-store sales for restaurants are discouraging, with growth down 0.8 percent in January – the lowest rate since 2014. Unseasonably cold weather is partly to blame. Read more here: https://www.fsrmagazine.com/owner-operators/restaurant-industry-battles-weather-and-economic-uncertainty Are restaurant stocks an investment opportunity? Some financial analysts think so. Read more here: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-restaurant-stocks-idUSKCN0VK16F Los […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 2/4/16

Fast-food chains, including Arby’s, KFC and Panera, are investing in major re-designs of their eateries to emphasize “bold” and “bright” concepts to counter negative fast-food stereotypes. Read more here: http://www.businessinsider.com/fast-food-chain-redesign-is-trending-2016-1?amp As McDonalds sees rebound in same-store sales, the company redesigns its eatery in mid-town Manhattan to feature “Create Your Taste” […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 1/28/16

Restaurant industry analysts predict small increase in traffic for restaurants in 2016, despite lower gas prices that have put extra money in people’s pockets and an overall improvement in the economy. Read more here: http://nrn.com/finance/2016-holds-mixed-outlook-restaurant-operators Chicago becomes the sixth major U.S. city to get Amazon’s food delivery service, launched six […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 1/13/16

Chipotle vows to win back the trust of its customers following a multi-state E.coli outbreak, telling financial analysts it expects a full recovery in its profits by 2017. Read more here: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-13/chipotle-jumps-after-chain-tells-analysts-it-can-regain-luster Morgan Stanley forecasts huge growth for Restaurant Brands International, parent company of Burger King and Tim Hortons. Read […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 1/5/16

New trends, including customer demands for food free of additives, will shape the quick-service and fast-casual restaurant industry in 2016, according to restaurant experts. Read more here: https://www.qsrmagazine.com/reports/9-fast-food-trends-2016 The stocks of Starbucks, Carrolls Restaurant Group, and Chuy’s Holdings made big gains in 2015, over 55 percent in one case. Read […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 12/19/15

Article details ten marketing ideas to jump-start your restaurant business. Among them: build an elegant, simple website. Read more here: http://www.fastcasual.com/articles/10-fresh-restaurant-marketing-ideas-for-2016/ The National Restaurant Association continues its fight against the New York State law to raise the minimum wage for certain fast food workers. Read more here: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2015/12/18/fast-food-minimum-wage-2/ Papa John’s […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 12/14/15

Want to expand your restaurant business to more than just one location? Here are some pros and cons to consider first. Read more here: http://www.pizzamarketplace.com/articles/5-pros-and-cons-of-scaling-your-restaurant-business-3/ Five ways to cope with the rapid changes underway in the restaurant industry. Read more here: http://www.fastcasual.com/articles/5-ways-restaurants-can-keep-up-with-industry-changes/ Arby’s launches new, super-modern designed eatery in Manhattan […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 11/30/15

Chain restaurants in New York City this week will have to start putting a special symbol on their menus for highly salted dishes to comply with city health regulations issued in September. Read more here: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2015/11/30/nyc-salt-warning-label-chain-restaurants/ From selling spaghetti to go in paper cones to Sriracha and Cholula Hot Sauce […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 11/9/15

Advocates say ending the practice of tipping will help curb sexual harassment of women working at restaurants. Read more here: http://www.newsweek.com/curb-sexual-harassment-nix-tipping-restaurants-advocates-say-391955 Food industry executives offer advice at forum on transitioning from traditional restaurants to fast-casual eateries. Read more here: http://www.pizzamarketplace.com/articles/navigating-the-crossover-fast-casualization-of-the-restaurant-industry/ New study says there’s a strong correlation between the amount […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 11/2/15

Chipotle’s continuing E. Coli troubles seen as a buying opportunity for investors, according to Motley Fool. Read more here: http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2015/11/23/chipotles-e-coli-outbreak-is-a-buying-opportunity.aspx Tech company that connects restaurants to food suppliers as a way to cut costs is proving increasingly popular for some upscale chefs, according to a New York Times article. Read […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 10/21/15

New York Times reports a “crisis-level shortage” of experienced cooks is affecting restaurants, especially high-end establishments. Read more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/21/dining/restaurant-kitchen-chef-shortage.html Subway steps up its antibiotic-free policy, saying it has begun the transition to serve protein from animals that have never been given antibiotics in its thousands of U.S. restaurants. Read […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 10/6/15

Survey finds food service industry faces staffing challenges, with more than half of restaurant owners saying they are short-staffed and are always looking to fill jobs in the kitchen. Read more here: http://massachusettsnewswire.com/restaurant-industry-survey-2015-highlights-staffing-challenges-in-foodservice-and-hospitality-19620/ Papa Johns, Pizza Hut and Dominos now get more than half their sales from digital ordering as […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 9/25/15

Restaurant chains raising the bar to get fresher, more organic ingredients in the face of changing consumer demands and tastes. Read more here: http://nrn.com/supply-chain/supply-chain-catches-changing-consumer-tastes Hispanics lead in the restaurant business, holding one-fourth of the jobs and being twice as likely to have a management position in the restaurant industry in […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 9/12/15

Back to the Future! A fully automated restaurant in San Francisco hopes to be first in a chain of eateries where customers can order, pay and receive their food without ever interacting with a person. Read more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/09/upshot/restaurant-of-the-future-service-with-an-impersonal-touch.html Restaurant industry survey shows same-store sales were up in August by […]

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