Minimum wage employees in 21 states to get a raise in the New Year

Twenty-one states are positioned to raise their minimum wages on Jan. 1. According to a news release from the Employment Policies Institute, other cities and states are expected to follow in 2015. The following states, their current minimum wage and Jan.

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Debunking McDonald's service time criticism

Customers and investors prefer innovation and quality over short wait times.

What it takes to build long-term vision

Write down where you want to be in one year, three years or five years as a way to better understand where you are headed and how you are going to get there.

Competition for talent among hot trends for employers in 2015

The upswing in the economy means competition for talent will heat up in 2015. That means employers need to up their game when it comes to attracting and retaining the best team members.

Going back to the basics always works

Refer to the failures of your company's ancestors because there is a lot to learn there.

Temporary hires can have a lasting effect

Keep an eye out for a team member who takes new peers under their wing; you just might have had an excellent trainer under your nose.

Secrets to successful restaurant site selection

Tour prospective sites in order from worst to best, which will allow you to become more confident, ask better questions and be more in control of the leasing process.

Startups prove the future of foodservice is bright

A handful of businessmen and women have come up with new concepts specifically to solve restaurant operators' biggest problems.

8 tips for heading off holiday scheduling stress

Increased traffic coupled with more requests for time off can add up to scheduling stress. Check out these tips for reducing the stress.

Restaurant organizations apprehensive about Obama's executive action on immigration

It has been estimated that about 20 percent of chefs, head cooks and cooks in the restaurant industry are undocumented immigrants.

How a hotel became a hot fast casual concept

Marriott transformed its Courtyard food and beverage offerings away from the traditional buffet into a new fast casual format, resulting in a 27-percent jump in guests' intent to recommend and return.

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OrderUp adds AOL veteran to executive team

Baltimore-based OrderUp has hired former AOL SVP of Corporate Development Michael Smith as its new VP of Corporate and Business Development. The move will support OrderUp's growth. According to a news release, OrderUp's order and delivery volume has recently increased...

Key themes for '15: Food quality, customization, customer-facing technology

Fitch Ratings released its 2015 Outlook for the US Restaurant industry, predicting an improvement in sales trends, the easing of commodities pressures and growing cash flow. However, the potential for event risk will remain in the New Year, according to...

Agreement enables Paytronix Rewards, NCR Aloha POS integration

The new Cloud Connect integration will enable Paytronix to integrate, maintain and deploy its solution across NCR’s install base of more than 100,000 restaurant locations.

Dickey's, franchisee reach settlement in Utah lye burn case

While terms of the settlement are confidential, a joint statement issued by the three parties indicated that the claims were resolved amicably and measures have been put in place to prevent similar incidents.

Homestyle Dining names Jill Gouge-Laird VP of Marketing

Jill Gouge-Laird was tapped by Homestyle Dining's CEO Tom Sacco to lead all branding, marketing, advertising and communications.

Potbelly CEO to talk millennials with Executives' Club Chicago

Lewis explain how he's breaking down barriers and making sure his company's leaders match the customers they serve.

Luby's sets release date for Q1 2015 report

Fuddrucker's parent company will release Q1 2015 financial results after the markets close on Dec. 17.

Jamba partners with Peak Franchise Capital for refranchising effort

Peak Franchise Capital, based in Irving, Texas, will help facilitate the sale of Jamba stores in key California markets, including San Francisco, San Diego and Sacramento.

Akerman law firm forms National Restaurant Industry Group

The new group includes nearly 30 lawyers and regulatory professionals with broad experience representing restaurant industry clients in major U.S. and international markets.

Jamba Juice reports increased sales, progress toward 'asset light' model

Jamba Juice refranchised 13 stores and added 51 new global franchise stores through the end of the third quarter, and reported mid-single digit percentage point increases through the first eight weeks of Q4

Fourth names TISSL partner in analytics, POS integration

Through a partnership with TISSL, Fourth offers integration of its Analytics tool with POS data.

Lower gas prices yield higher restaurant traffic, sales in October

The National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index posted solid gains in October, driven in large part to falling gas prices. According to a news release, the RPI was 102.8 in October, up 1.8 percent from September. “The positive same-store sales...

Restaurants Canada taps interim CEO

Chef and restaurateur Donna Dooher has been named interim president and CEO at Restaurants Canada. Dooher, who is owner of Mildred's Temple Kitchen in Toronto's Liberty Village and a frequent guest on CTV's The Social, will oversee the association until...

Carin Stutz takes helm of McAlister's

The former Cosi CEO took the helm of the Alpharetta, Georgia-based deli concept on Nov. 17.

FAQ's about the FDA's final menu regulations

The FDA will consider details throughout the next year, and will continue to solicit input on how to properly monitor these regulations.

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