CFA and NRA Look to Expand IRC Stabilization Fund

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) is working alongside the National Restaurant Association (NRA) to broaden a proposed restaurant-only stabilization fund to help the restaurant industry recover from the coronavirus pandemic and the economic devastation it has caused the industry. As we advised a few weeks ago, the newly-created Independent Restaurant Coalition is pushing Congress…

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Restaurant Suspensions

Four more states ordered restaurant operations suspended or limited to take-out or delivery only yesterday. Alabama, Alaska, New Mexico and Texas joined 29 other states across all regions of the country plus the District of Columbia in prohibiting dine-in service at restaurants within those states. They can remain open only for take-out and delivery services…

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Miscellaneous

Cicerly Simpson, Executive Vice President of the National Restaurant Association for the past three years left the post abruptly last Friday. Simpson, who previously served as Dunkin’ Brands Vice President for government affairs, is the latest in a string of government affairs professionals who’ve left the organization over the past decade. We wish her well…

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DDIFO National Conference

We’re just 5 weeks away now from the DDIFO National Conference at the Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut and you’re going to want to register soon. The DDIFO Room Block with rooms in the Pequot Tower available for $129 single or double occupancy is filling up fast and will close on October 9.…

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Miscellaneous

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) 2017 Forecast was published this week and it calls for generally modest real (i.e. transaction) growth in 2017 – 2.5% at limited service and 1.1% at full service restaurants. The restaurant sales growth rate has slowed greatly since the Great Recession, with the US Southeast and West being the highest…

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Minimum Wage Actions and Protests

Notwithstanding that they have enjoyed a certain amount of success in the push to increase the minimum wage, organized labor advocates organized a number of protests around the country again yesterday.  Despite it being just a week after New York and California governors each signed legislation adopting the magical number of $15/hour, protest organizers were…

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What’s Brewing: Calorie labeling, Minimum wage, Scheduling

It may seem hard these days for Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners to catch a break, with everyone from the federal government down to the local city council taking aim at the quick service restaurant industry. But Dunkin’ and other franchise owners got a big reprieve recently when the Food and Drug Administration gave the boot…

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New York Minimum Wage Issues

Although no surprise to anyone, the New York Industrial Board of Appeals has formally rejected the National Restaurant Association challenge to the state’s fast food minimum wage.  The decision was rendered a few weeks ago by the Industrial Board of Appeals, which is appointed by the Governor, on a challenge to the $15 fast food…

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New York City Sodium Warning Takes Effect

New York City this week became the first government in the nation to require sodium warning notices on menu items that exceed the recommended daily limit of 2300 mg of salt.  The requirement, which was adopted by the city Health Board back in September, officially became effective this past Tuesday, December 1, although the fines…

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