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Last-minute federal injunction halts OT rules

Less than a week before the overtime regulations were to kick in, a federal judge in Texas has blocked the rule that would have made an estimated 4 million American workers eligible to claim overtime pay.

Restaurant industry contracting, says NRA

The NRA's monthly composite index reflecting the health and outlook for the nation's restaurant industry is reflecting the overall shadow that appears to be forming over food service this fall. The NRA's Restaurant Performance Index fell below 100 in August to 99.6 – indicating the industry is contracting.

How to avoid 5 financial pitfalls when opening a restaurant

Understanding the applicability of sound business practices such as cash flow management, benchmarked gross profit margins or salaries to scale can be just as important to the success of a restaurant as the food it serves. Given this, here are five points every restaurateur should consider when starting a new restaurant.

The franchisee's financial 4: Top tips to get investors to show you the money (Part 2 of a series on restaurant financial issues)

In yesterday's initial part of this series, readers got expert advise on equipment leasing options and how they can help with your overall food service operations. Today's article, takes a deeper look at the work most restaurateurs must make sure they accomplish before approaching any outside sources for financing their dreams.

To lease or not to lease: 5 tips, if that is your question (Part 1 of 2 on restaurant financing issues)

In a business that demands a steady and relatively liquid cash flow, leasing equipment can make a lot of sense. Here are five tips to help you decide what equipment to lease and how to prepare for the deal.

Commodities: Cheese, wheat drop, fuel rises

Agricultural commodities gave pizza restaurateurs a break last week in trading with the price of both wheat and cheese falling, but those gains were made up for with losses in increasing gas and natural gas prices.

Commodities: Cheese prices finally beginning to fall

Cheese prices are finally falling, but the price of wheat is taking up the slack in this week's commodity report of pizza restaurateurs.

Commodities: A relatively rough week for most pizza makers

Last week was not the cheeriest for the pizza marketplace with most pizza stocks dropping.

Hourly workers: The new endangered species?

The hourly labor market is getting tighter all the time for restaurateurs. A new national study reveals what these workers want and sheds light on how restaurateurs might attract and keep the best and brightest.

Restaurant recession looming? Debate begins

Is the restaurant industry heading for a downturn?

New report predicts the road ahead for food service market

A new analysis of the food service industry by Technavio shows that over the next four years the food service industry will grow almost 3½ percent overall largely due to a whole lot of action in the market around the fast casual restaurant sector, according to a news release.

GE sells off restaurant assets of lending arm in massive 3-way deal

GE Capital U.S. is selling the bulk of its restaurant financing assets, which are worth about $1.4 billion.

National Retail Federation asks U.S. House to put OT regulation 'on pause'

The House Small Business Committee this week got an earful from the National Retail Federation on the Federal overtime regulations set to become effective Dec. 1. The NRF said the regulation will not only freeze hiring but will also lead to lay-offs and demotions.

Commodity prices make this a great summer for LTOs and menu variety

Favorable commodity prices gives restaurants a chance to exercise their menu creativity with new offerings and LTOs.

NRA2016: 5 hot spots for global growth (Part 1)

Global growth potential is off the charts for food service, especially for concepts that revolve around limited service. These five areas show the greatest potential, according to research by Euromonitor International.

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