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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Fair Franchising Down Under

Members will recall that we’ve reported regularly on efforts to win passage of Fair Franchising legislation in Maine, Massachusetts and California over the past few weeks. (California’s next action is a hearing on August 13 before the Committee on Business and Consumer Protection.)  Well, while our opponents continue the chorus that legislation is not necessary,…

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From Atlantic City Blog Buddakan-3

Virtually Touring Caesar’s: Buddakan At The Pier

Buddakan At The Pier Shops transports its guests to an ancient Chinese village complete with rock gardens, thatched roofs and a dramatic twilight sky.  A gigantic golden Buddha gazes over the 26 seat communal table made of glowing alablaster resin.  With its dreamlike ambiance, Buddakan offers an enchanting Atlantic City fine dining setting perfect for…

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Restaurant Growth Relatively Flat

According to a recent U.S. restaurant census by the NPD Group, restaurant growth amounted to only 3,045 more restaurants in 2013 over 2012.  The total of U. S. restaurants is now 617,505 units, a slight .5 % increase over last year according to the NPD Group’s 2013 Spring ReCount, an annual count of commercial restaurant…

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Law of Unintended Consequences

There is currently an increasing discussion ongoing relative to the idea of increasing the minimum wage from its current $7.25 per hour.  Against that backdrop, Restaurant News.com carried a story this week on the possible replacement of workers with machines.  It speaks to how some jobs can ultimately be automated out of existence! Reading it…

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