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July 28, 2021

Out of the frying pan into the fire

Restaurants are recovering from the pandemic, but rising food costs and supply shortages are causing new problems.

July 27, 2021

86 Food Waste: Engineer your menu to reduce waste

Take a look at how simple menu and service tweaks can reduce the amount of food you throw out each day.

July 26, 2021

Restaurant jobs remain below June 2019 levels in 46 states and DC

All 50 states and DC added restaurant jobs in June, but staffing levels remained dampened in nearly every state.

July 21, 2021

Virginia and others are rocking pandemic relief to restaurants

State restaurant association efforts will broaden relief at the local level, inspired in part by the National Restaurant Association’s Blueprint for State and Local Rebuilding.

July 16, 2021

Restaurant sales continued to rise in June

Consumers ramped up their restaurant spending during the first half of 2021.

July 15, 2021

5 ways hiring managers can combat the hiring crisis

Take advantage of software that can automate and track your talent acquisition process.

July 14, 2021

Wholesale food prices rose sharply in recent months

Average wholesale food prices were nearly 10% above their year-ago level in June – the strongest 12-month increase since 2011.

July 14, 2021

Take a tax break for hiring the unemployed

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit can help offset your hiring costs

July 8, 2021

Updated Operating Guidelines cover new OSHA employee protections

Latest version, our 6th edition, incorporates new OSHA recommendations for vaccinated/unvaccinated workers

July 8, 2021

Research chief Riehle looks at current state of the industry

As restaurants recover from the pandemic, labor shortages and commodity prices are painful, but things are looking up.

July 7, 2021

Restaurant employment recovery continued as openings hit a record high

Restaurant employment continued to rise in June, but the industry was only able to fill a fraction of the available job openings.

July 1, 2021

Get a handle on disposable gloves: Protect yourself and your guests

Key lesson: Gloves never take the place of proper handwashing.

June 30, 2021

Back to business: Pandemic influences Essie’s menu

Comfort foods are here to stay; staffing shortages require controlled customer counts for now.

June 24, 2021

49 states and DC added restaurant jobs in May 2021

Only 4 states – Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and South Dakota – have seen restaurant employment return to pre-pandemic levels.

June 24, 2021

State associations, Kitchen Cabinet get industry employees vaccinated

Events, videos, ad campaigns, free giveaways all work to get workforce on board with shots.

June 23, 2021

Cultural differences can be hard to talk about

Leaders who can get comfortable having tough conversations build more trust among employees.

June 23, 2021

Tapping the teen market

What does Generation Z want from a job?

June 18, 2021

Cut your food waste; resources show you how

Association and WWF’s 86 Food Waste delivers the small steps that lead to big reductions in how much you throw out.

June 17, 2021

Women entrepreneurs set the table for success

The founding members of Let’s Talk Womxn share their experiences and expectations for the future

June 15, 2021

Joining the MOD Squad is a leap of faith and HOPE

Career opportunities knock as fast-casual pizza company opens doors for justice-involved youth.

June 15, 2021

Restaurant sales continue to trend higher

A new survey indicates consumers have yet to get their fill of restaurants, which means the positive sales trajectory has more room to run.

June 10, 2021

Back to business: Reopening strategies at Walk-Ons

The Louisiana franchisor opened 12 units during the pandemic and used limited capacity as an employment strategy.

June 9, 2021

How cultural intelligence can lead to retention and customer comfort

Boost your bottom line by understanding multicultural nuances

June 4, 2021

Restaurants added jobs for the fifth consecutive month

Eating and drinking places are still 1.5 million jobs below pre-pandemic staffing levels.

June 3, 2021

What You Need to Know About PPP Loan Forgiveness

In key webinar takeaways, experts walk you through how to get lenders to approve your PPP loan forgiveness applications.