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Food Truck owners rolling into Brick and mortar locations. Print
Thursday, 30 July 2015 21:27

Tampabay.com - Remember when food trucks were a hot new trend? In 2011 the Tampa Bay area started with about 13 food trucks; today that number is more than 150, with new ones coming onboard each week.

The trend is evolving again. An increasing number of those mobile vendors are using their food trucks to build a client base and refine a concept before launching brick-and-mortar restaurants.

Chicago Little Italy Restaurant in Lutz and Anise Global Gastrobar, Wicked 'Wiches and Chop Chop Shop in Tampa all began as food trucks, where the price of starting a business can be as low as $20,000 versus an initial outlay of more than $100,000 with a brick and mortar.

This truck-to-table phenomenon is playing out nationally in cities like New York, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Los Angeles, with a number of surprising rationales. They never planned to stay small in the first place. Read more!

 
Florida Ranks in top 10 Pizza cities across the US. Print
Thursday, 30 July 2015 21:21

Tripadvisor.com - Hungry for pizza? Come to Florida!

The top 10 U.S. pizza cities and restaurants for pizza have been listed byTripAdvisor, and Florida made the cut.

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Two Florida cities made the list for best pizza, with Orlando at No. 4 and Miami Beach at No. 10. It comes as no surprise that Chicago tops the rankings.

So how did they come up with the list?

TripAdvisor used three factors -- the quality of pizza restaurant reviews, the number of reviews and the ratio of reviews “compared to all restaurants for the city,” according to TripAdvisor.

“Using time-tested techniques and premium ingredients, the top ten U.S. pizzerias are successful as they always keep their eyes on the pies,” said Brooke Ferencsik, director of communications for TripAdvisor.

For TripAdvisor’s overall top 10 U.S. pizza restaurants, the city of St. Augustine made high marks at No. 2 for their restaurant, Pizza Time of St. Augustine. Read more!

 
Dave & Buster's lawsuit claims that they cut employees hours to avoid healthcare mandate! Print
Thursday, 30 July 2015 18:49

Rhrealitycheck.Org - the lawsuit, filed in federal court in New York, proposes a class of about 10,000 dave & buster’s employees who allege the company moved them to part-time status in 2013, eliminating their health insurance coverage in the process.

The employees claim this action violates section 501 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), a federal law governing employee health and pension plans.

The employees allege that Dave & Buster’s reduced worker hours to avoid the ACA’s so-called employer mandate, which requires employers with 50 or more full-time employees or full-time equivalents to provide ACA-compliant health insurance coverage for those employees and their dependents, or face financial penalties. Read more!

 
What does Florida's new minimum Wage bill mean to you? Print
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 22:32

Bay9news.com -  

 

Minimum wage workers, many of whom staff fast food establishments, have long complained of what they say is the inadequacy of their paychecks to meet the necessities of daily life. A so-called "living wage" is what Angel Vega, who works the counter at a seafood restaurant, says he deserves. "I feel like that would help a lot of people, you know what I mean, and get their own place and start saving," Vega said. "It would be much better, especially with the hard work, especially hard labor and all that. That would do pretty good."  Read more!

 

 
Identities stolen by restaurant manager Print
Tuesday, 21 April 2015 21:10

News4jax.com - Investigators say a restaurant manager in Chicago often encouraged his patrons to join the restaurant's rewards program.  Then, Alexander Pera would offer to take the check and help you pay your bill quickly.

"When he [Alexander Pera] brought it back to process it, he would make copies of the application and the credit card. He had all of the personal identifiers as well as the credit card number," explained U.S. Postal Inspector Robert Sizer.

With that information and the rewards program application he had everything he needed to fraudulently use the credit cards, and he did. Investigators say he  stole $50,000 50 victims.

Authorities say Pera took extravagant vacations as well as multiple trips to Disney World under different aliases. Read more!

 
Golden Corral Employee loses 4 fingers in meat grinder. Print
Sunday, 19 April 2015 12:10

 

Orlando Sentinel.com - 

An employee of a Golden Corral restaurantin Orlando, Florida, lost four fingers when his left hand got caught in a meat grinder, authorities said Friday.

Restaurant staff cleaned the area, rinsed the grinder, and threw away the remains of the fingers and ground pork by the time police and firefighters arrived Thursday morning, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Joshua Simpkins, 19, of Orlando was grinding pork at a Golden Corral at 5535 S. Kirkman Road at 7:45 a.m. when the accident occurred. A co-worker heard screaming and saw that Simpkins was bleeding, and yelled for someone to 911.

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In-N- Out Burger Gets top marks from consumers Print
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 17:06

NRN.com - For the third year in a row, Irvine, Calif.-based cult phenomenon, In-N-Out Burger, earned the top ranking from consumers among the Limited-Service restaurant chains in Nation’s Restaurant News’ annual Consumer Picks report.

The family-owned brand won consumer’s hearts and did so at a time when limited-service restaurants have struggled to keep their heads above water. Visits were down three percent in the segment overall in 2014, resulting in more than 370 million lost visits, according to Port Washington, N.Y.-based research firm The NPD Group. Continue

 
Restaurant employee wins $6 Million lawsuit from accident! Print
Sunday, 12 April 2015 11:53

News Herald.com - A Gulf County jury last week awarded a Port St. Joe woman over $6 million due to injuries suffered while working at a now-closed restaurant.

Whether Evelyn Holland receives a dime remains an open question, despite a life her attorney said has been relegated to a wheelchair due to disabling injuries to her pelvis and spine.

What further made the case of Holland against Gracie O’Malley’s Restaurant one for the books was that the defense was a no-show: no defendant, no defense attorney, nobody on one side of the courtroom during last week’s trial. A jury of six awarded Holland the $6 million after a trial that consumed, from opening statement to verdict, roughly six hours and which included no cross-examinations, motions or witnesses for the defense.

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Hooter's Waitress wins $250,000 in " Blond Streaks" Lawsuits. Print
Friday, 10 April 2015 11:14

NBCnews.com - A former Hooters waitress has been awarded more than $250,000 after an arbitrator found that racial discrimination contributed to her getting fired.

Farryn Johnson, who is African-American, was fired from her Baltimore restaurant job in August 2013 because "Hooters prohibits African-American Hooters Girls from wearing blond highlights in their hair," according to a lawsuit.

While other women were allowed to highlight their hair, the restaurant manager told Johnson she couldn't be at work with blond streaks because it didn't look "natural" on African-Americans, the suit said.

"The manager at the time literally said, 'You can't have blond because black people don't have blond hair,'" Johnson, who had worked at the restaurant for about a year, told NBC affiliate WBAL-TV in Baltimore.

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51 Franchise agreements signed by Tropical Smoothie in the First QTR! Print
Thursday, 09 April 2015 18:10

The deals represent 51 cafés that will expand the sandwich and smoothie franchise in Atlanta; Detroit; Providence, R.I.; Miami; Charleston, S.C.; and Fayetteville, N.C. Additionally, the brand reported a 12.31% growth in same-store sales over the first quarter of last year.  “We had great momentum heading into 2015 after reporting incredibly strong results last year, including positive comp sales of 11.4% and our highest average unit volume of more than $526,000 — with the top 50% reporting an AUV of $669,000,” says Mike Rotondo, CEO of Tropical Smoothie Café. “Clearly, Tropical Smoothie Café is well-positioned to continue our aggressive growth and reach our goal this year of signing franchise agreements to develop an additional 150 new locations.”

 
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