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Restaurant sales rebound in March Print
Friday, 02 May 2014 11:17

NRN.com - Sales and traffic bounced back somewhat for restaurant chains in March as the nation thawed after months of snow and ice, according to the latest Restaurant Performance Index, or RPI, by the National Restaurant Association.

The RPI rose to 101.4 in March, the highest level in 10 months, an increase of 0.9 percent compared with 100.5 in February. The monthly composite index tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry and has remained above 100 for 13 consecutive months, which signifies a period of expansion. Continue

Chili's outlines three strategies for success! Print
Thursday, 01 May 2014 17:43

NRN.com - While casual-dining brands in general have been buffeted by sales and traffic challenges, Chili’s Grill & Bar held profits steady in the third quarter with new menu initiatives, tabletop technology rollouts and a menu mix that provided insulation from rising commodity costs. During an earnings call Wednesday, executives updated analysts on the 1,563-unit division of Dallas-based Brinker International Inc., which also owns the 45-unit Maggiano’s Little Italy brand, after ... Continue

Senate Vote Blocks Federal Minimum wage bill! Print
Thursday, 01 May 2014 17:36

NRN.com - A key Senate vote on Wednesday blocked a bill that set out to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour — a result supported by restaurant industry associations including the National Restaurant Association and National Council of Chain Restaurants. The minimum wage proposal, sponsored by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and largely backed by Democrats, was expected to fall short. The vote landed 54-42 and is now unable to move forward. Many Republicans and business leaders, including some in the foodservice industry, had fought the proposal, saying such a drastic wage increase would force employers to pull back on hiring and even eliminate jobs. Continue

Chipotle to raise prices to offset rising food costs! Print
Friday, 18 April 2014 13:21

NRN.com - Chipotle Mexican Grill is planning a menu price increase in the mid-single-digit range for this year to help address rising food costs for key ingredients like beef, cheese and avocados.

To be rolled out by early in the third quarter, the price hike would be Chipotle’s first in nearly three years to impact the domestic system.

In a call Thursday with Wall Street analysts following the release of first-quarter results, Jack Hartung, Chipotle’s chief financial officer, said the Denver-based chain has plenty of pricing power, but the goal is to ensure the menu remains accessible to guests in what continues to be an uneven economic recovery. Continue

Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 13:44
Former Health Inspector's restaurant shut down a third time! Print
Thursday, 17 April 2014 21:17

WTSP.com -  We've visited Gateway Pizza and Pasta Company over and over again. It's a restaurant with pages of violations on inspection after inspection.

On previous visits by 10 News, a man who identified himself as Gary told us the restaurant's problems were no big deal.

"We had one little incident and everything was taken care of immediately and everything is fine right now," said Gary back in 2013.

But when we asked for permission to inspect back where the food is made, Gary was not so eager to accommodate. Continue

Man kills ex's boss at restaurant then himself! Print
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 14:50
WYFF4.com - Authorities in Hart County, Ga., are investigating a double homicide, a kidnapping and a suicide that are all related. The Hart County sheriff told WYFF News 4 the incident started at a restaurant just after 12 a.m. Sunday when Sammy Chumley went to Frohmuller's Restaurant looking for his ex-wife, who worked there. Investigators said while Chumley was in in the restaurant, he shot and killed Jason Forkin, the owner. They said Chumley then took his ex-wife into Franklin County, Ga. Once in Franklin County, investigators said Chumley shot his wife and then himself. The Hart County and Franklin County Sheriff's Offices and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are working on the case. Read more: http://www.wyff4.com/news/sheriff-double-murder-suicide-under-investigation/25456898#ixzz2yy0IDQYA
Tax Preparer Pockets $20,000 of sales tax from Restaurant owner. Print
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 15:36

Roswell.patch.com - A tax preparer is accused of blowing a financial hole into the budget of a Roswell restaurant by more than $20,000.The Georgia Department of Revenue's Special Investigations Division has taken arrest warrants out on Todd Kelly, president of Tax Traxx LLC, on theft by conversion charges for allegedly pocketing over $20,000 in client sales tax payments, according to WSB-TV.Abby Clark, owner of NINE Street Kitchen, said she put her trust in Kelly to file her monthly sales tax returns with the state for over a year. However, Clark received a phone call a few months ago from the state agency informing her she owed back taxes. Continue

Paula Deen's & Brother's restaurant closes! Print
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 15:32

Associated Press - Paula Deen and her younger brother, Bubba, have shut off the fish fryer and locked the doors at the Savannah, Ga., seafood restaurant that served as the backdrop to a workplace discrimination lawsuit that stained the celebrity cook’s reputation.

Deen and Bubba Hiers co-owned Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House for a decade before the abrupt closure last week.

A spokesman for the Deen family, Jaret Kellers, issued a statement saying Hiers closed the restaurant “to explore development options for the waterfront property on which the restaurant is located.” Kellers said no specific plans have been made.

Orange-and-white barricades blocked the entrance to Uncle Buba’s on Friday, and there were no signs of life outside. The Savannah Morning News reported employees collected severance checks in the parking lot Thursday. Continue

Putin banned from Taco restaurant! Print
Sunday, 06 April 2014 12:45

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Hey Putin, don't even think about ordering a Super Mighty in Buffalo.

Mighty Taco, a Buffalo-based chain of Mexican fast-foot restaurants, has banned Russian President Vladimir Putin from all of the company's 23 locations in western New York.

The company known for its quirky ads announced on social media this week that effective immediately, Putin is banned from Mighty Taco for seizing Crimea from Ukraine. Mighty Taco's posting says Putin may be ordering around Crimea, but he won't be ordering a Super Mighty, one of the chain's most popular menu items.

The posting, which features a red-tinted photo of a gesticulating Putin, says he'll be "welcomed back" at Mighty Taco when he stops acting like a bully and "picking on people." Continue

Restaurants invaded- sued by music police. Print
Sunday, 06 April 2014 12:41

CTlawreview.com - Pop superstars such as Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga don't make many live appearances in Connecticut. But their music is frequently played in bars, restaurants and other businesses.

Legally, the playing of that music—on the radio, or via a compact disc or MP3 players—in a commercial establishment is considered a "public performance." Technically, the bar or restaurant must pay a licensing organization.

Many don't. And that can lead to copyright infringement claims that sometimes evolve into full-fledged lawsuits.

Greater Hartford's Plan B Burger Bar chain, Cheshire's Waverly Inn and Willimantic's Lucky Frog are current targets of music copyright infringement suits, federal court records show. Continue


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