California repeals requirement for glove use by restaurant workers

California lawmakers repealed a regulation requiring restaurant employees to use gloves or utensils to handle food going directly to diners, according to the Fresno Bee. The regulation would have gone into effect on July 1. The regulation was similar to...

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Health Care Law upheld, restaurant industry responds

The United States Supreme Court upheld a majority of the provisions within the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), introduced and signed by President Barack Obama in 2010.

Feds charge a suspected major cyber thief

Everyone in retail can breathe a little easier today knowing that federal authorities have charged David Benjamin Schrooten, or as he is known in cyber space “Foretezza,” with multiple counts of credit card theft.  Allegedly, Schrooten, who is a Dutch national, and his U.S. accomplice, Christopher A.

Start spreading the beverage news

The move by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to impose limitations on the size of sugar –based beverages permitted for sale in New York City (a 16-ounce limit) is outrageous. It is an intrusion into the lives of the people...

The most important issue facing restaurant owners today: tip reporting

I’ve worked many years for tips. I began my restaurant career when I was 14 (don’t tell the Labor department).

Value Menu: The top 12 benefits of digital menu boards [Infographic]

We surveyed QSR and fast casual operators to learn the top benefits of digital menu boards. We turned the results into this cool infographic.

Credits + Compliance = Cash (for restaurant owners)

I’ve been in the restaurant industry, in one form or another, for well over 20 years. In that time, I’ve seen some very smart owners make some of the very same mistakes, over and over.

When is food service NOT a restaurant?

If you own a place that sells prepared food for people to eat, you're in the restaurant business, right? Not necessarily. While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to finally issue its final rules on menu labeling required...

But I thought it was being done – Inspecting the expected

We may have too much faith that it cannot happen, or won’t happen or we’re simply naïve. Perhaps we don’t seek, therefore we don’t find.

Wrestling with a million dollar baby - skimming

The restaurant industry is rife with ways to lose profitability. Just when you think you have things buttoned up, a new twist comes along that can threaten your business and you may not even know about it.

Fast Casual Executive Summit: NRA calls for activism

Sue Hensley, senior VP of communications for the National Restaurant Association, speaks with FastCasual.com's Joseph Grove on how operators can help take on the big issues facing the industry.

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District of Columbia bans polystyrene food, beverage containers

The Washington Post reports that Washington, D.C. lawmakers voted Tuesday to ban the use of plastic-foam food and drink containers by 2016.

Franchise association files lawsuit against Seattle for $15 min. wage vote

The International Franchise Association and five franchisees filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Seattle on Wednesday, seeking to block Seattle’s recently enacted law to increase to the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. The complaint alleges the...

NRA names VP of government affairs

The National Restaurant Association has named Matt Walker as its new vice president of Government Affairs. He will lead the NRA's advocacy strategy in the U.S.

Panera pays up for denying promotions to black employees

Panera Bread has been ordered by a federal judge to pay employees who were denied promotions because they were "fat, black and/or ugly." According to Court House News, the complaint was made a year ago by a black employee who...

Raving Brands wins lawsuit against former Moe's Southwest Grill franchisees

On April 17, 2012, Richard W. Story, federal judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, entered judgment against a group of plaintiffs in their case alleging fraud and racketeering against Raving Brands, Moe's Southwestern...

Pinkberry co-founder pleads not guilty to assault

Pinkberry co-founder Young Lee, who was arrested in Los Angeles for allegedly beating a homeless man with a tire iron, has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Lee, 47, is charged with one felony count of assault with a deadly...

Pinkberry co-founder arrested for alleged assault

Pinkberry co-founder Young Lee was arrested in Los Angeles for allegedly beating a homeless man with a tire iron. According to a story on CNN, Lee, 47, is charged with one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon, with...

Restaurant industry donates $3 billion annually

As part of its ongoing campaign to tell the story of America’s restaurants, the National Restaurant Association has unveiled its latest “America Works Here” advertisement highlighting the industry’s commitment to local communities through charitable giving. “America’s restaurants serve more than...

NRA takes job message to Capitol Hill

The National Restaurant Association took its jobs message to Capitol Hill Tuesday, sharing with congressional staff the economic significance of tourism and business travel to the United States. "With the travel and tourism industry driving a significant portion of sales...

Chains ask Congress to end Ethanol Tax Credit and Tariff

The National Council of Chain Restaurants and 16 of its member companies today asked Congress' "supercommittee" to repeal a federal tax credit for corn-based ethanol producers and a related tariff on imported ethanol, saying the provisions drive up food prices...

Starbucks settles dwarfism suit

Starbucks will pay $75,000 to a Texas woman with dwarfism who was denied a job because she required a stool during her barista training. According to the Seattle Post-Intelliger, Elsa Sallard's request for a stool was considered by the management as dangerous for both customers and employees. She filed a lawsuit earlier this year through the U.S.

Legal troubles continue for Chipotle over hiring practices

Chipotle Mexican Grill is facing a criminal investigation over its hiring practices and whether the company willingly employed illegal immigrants at restaurants. According to a story in The Wall Street Journal, the company is being investigated by the criminal division...

Chipotle denied U.S. Supreme Court appeal

Chipotle Mexican Grill was denied an appeal by the U.S. Supreme Court in relation to a 2005 lawsuit over the height of its waiting line 4-foot barriers.

As Chipotle Restaurateur program reaches 200, hiring practices still under fire

As Chipotle Mexican Grill’s co-CEOs Steve Ells and Monty Moran announce the promotion of the company’s 200th Restaurateur, an article was published by Reuters highlighting the chain’s hiring practices in the wake of several U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement audits...

Restaurant operators ask Congress to support debit-card swipe fee reforms

Nearly 500 restaurateurs from 44 states are on Capitol Hill today calling on their congressional members to fight the tactics of big banks and debit-card companies seeking to halt much-needed reforms to a broken market for debit-card swipe fees. The...

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