Rising labor costs (48%), employee turnover (44%) and insufficient training (39%) ran 1, 2 & 3 as barriers to improved restaurant operations according to a recent Zenput and Technomic survey. The survey of 295 restaurant operators also found 27% of operators are using technology “to a great extent” to automate aspects of their operation. Last week, Starbucks announced it would be expanding its community stores initiative by opening a total of 100 stores in additional low-income neighborhoods by the year 2025. The company explained that in the new areas (which will include Prince George’s County, MD, Anacostia, DC and Los Angeles, CA), they plan to partner with the United Way and other non-profit agencies to provide what the neighborhoods are most in need of. Does that mean they’re doing away with the $6 lattes?