Starbucks has opened its first Teavana Tea Bar

USA Today reported that Starbucks has opened its first Teavana Tea Bar in New York City this week in Upper Manhattan.   And, in an interesting article this week in Seeking Alpha, it was speculated that robotic baristas such as Marley Coffee Automated Stores and Briggo coffee kiosks may present a strong challenge to the future…

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What’s Brewing: Paid Sick Leave, Minimum Wage

Every day, franchise owners face the challenges and obstacles of owning a business, and every day, government officials are approving and vetoing legislation that affects those challenges. Independent Joe has been monitoring a number of bills, in several states, as they move through the halls of their state houses. Some of these initiatives were proverbial…

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New York Proposed Ban on Polystyrene Generating Letters

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to ban the use of polystyrene within the city has generated over 1,000 letters of opposition to the City Council according to a story by QSRweb.com.  A proposal to eliminate the use of polystyrene was also contained in Foodworks – A Vision on Improving the NYC Food System (page 70). …

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Workers Agitated in Select Cities

Those who derive some pleasure from disrupting American commerce and business seem to have set their sights recently on the QSR industry.  QSRweb.com reported last week (along with a number of outlets) that QSR workers in seven different major cities around the country were planning to protest their wages with coordinated employee walkouts this past…

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Bloomberg Drink Ban Beaten in Court, Again

New York City’s appeal of the Supreme Court decision invalidating Mayor Bloomberg’s ban on larger sweetened drinks was rejected by the First Division of the state Supreme Court’s Appellate Division.  The appeals court upheld the lower court ruling that the law was unconstitutional.  Despite being rejected by two separate New York’s Mayor’s office says it…

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What’s Brewing: Sick Leave, Meals Tax, Soda Ban, Payroll Tax

The ins and outs of keeping your Dunkin’ Donuts afloat are enough to fill your days and maybe even your nights, but the government likes to add to your challenges. With laws and regulations involving paid sick leave, higher payroll taxes and added meals taxes, Uncle Sam is putting his two cents into your business.…

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A virtual cup of coffee with DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan

July 5, 2013 – NYC’s 500th Store, Tip Pooling, CFA Lobby Day

Obama Administration Delays Employer Mandate – Not only big news, but Good News!  The big story of the week was the Obama Administration’s decision to delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate until 2015 – coincidentally after the 2014 mid-term congressional elections, but whatever their reasons . . .  The delay in…

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Ban on Sale of Large Sugary Drinks Gets Doused

Last year with much fanfare, the City of New York, through its Board of Health, called for a ban on the sale of sugary drinks over 16 ounces, in restaurants, concessions and other eating establishments. Such sale was not banned in supermarkets. Advocates, led by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, claimed that the ban was necessary to…

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Feeling the Squeeze: Franchisees Face Costly State Laws & Regs

Rising health care premiums. Minimum wage increases. Paid sick leave. Bans on large sugary drinks and Styrofoam containers. Running a business has plenty of challenges even before the government gets involved. And get involved they have: federal, state, and local governments are all looking for ways to squeeze more money out of businesses and individuals,…

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