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August 21, 2018

Operators look to conserve water use, survey finds

National Restaurant Association research found that more restaurateurs are conscious of their water use and are taking steps to reduce it.

August 17, 2018

The plastic straw debate bubbles up to the surface

Drink it in; regulations reducing use of plastic straws are being looked at on the state, city and local levels around the country.

August 16, 2018

Food chains to explain how they reduced their waste

ReFED's webinar on food waste reduction will look at the successes of some restaurant and food companies, who will share best practices and lessons learned.

August 14, 2018

June performance up, but operators are less confident

Our research chief Hudson Riehle reports there were improvements in same-store sales and  traffic, but restaurateurs are more uncertain about the future.

August 10, 2018

More restaurants are sustainable, survey says

Find out what 500 owners and operators said about the challenges they face and opportunities available by operating more efficiently.

August 8, 2018

Serving shellfish? Here's 5 tips to do it safely

Shellfish is popular with diners year-round, and especially during summer months. Our food safety expert, Ashley Miller, offers best practices on how to serve it safely.

August 6, 2018

Looking for the 411 on 226-J letters? We’ve got it!

The IRS is sending restaurateurs letters stating they are being fined for not complying with the employer mandate piece of the health care law.

August 3, 2018

CEO explains importance of closing America’s skills gap

Dawn Sweeney talks about how our apprenticeship program and other workforce development initiatives are going to help employees advance their industry careers.

August 1, 2018

5 tips to ward off summer foodborne illness outbreaks

Our food safety expert, Ashley Miller, shares five best practices that could help you prevent illness outbreaks at your restaurant this summer.

July 31, 2018

Wages, paid leave top midterm ballot initiatives

What's behind that voter booth curtain? A host of referendums that could affect the way our industry does business. See what's happening in 3 different states.

July 30, 2018

Senate hearing supports workforce development

About a week after businesses and associations signed the White House’s Pledge to America’s Workers, the momentum continued at a July 26 Senate hearing.

July 23, 2018

3 tips to train seasonal workers in food safety

Practicing proper food safety can determine your restaurant's success. Follow these tips when training summer and seasonal employees.

July 20, 2018

Foundation pledges to help thousands achieve career goals

The National Restaurant Association and its Educational Foundation committed to training and educating nearly 400,000 people seeking industry employment.

July 17, 2018

Rapping on foodservice packaging

The Foodservice Packaging Institute's Lynn Dyer talks about the latest issues and challenges operators should know about.

July 13, 2018

Bayless serves a commitment to community

Since opening Frontera Grill in 1987, Rick Bayless and his wife, Deann, have steeped themselves in a love of food and caring for community.

July 13, 2018

Performance report shows moderate growth, expectations

The most recent Restaurant Performance Index shows job growth, increased capital spending and moderating expectations for business conditions.

July 12, 2018

Sidewalk sanctuaries draw pet lovers to restaurants

A Brooklyn, N.Y.-based company is helping restaurants offer dog-owner customers the option of renting state-of-the-art doghouses while they dine out.

July 26, 2018

Restaurateur fights for transgender workers' rights

Michaela Mendelsohn says one of the most important things she does is try to improve the working environment and career opportunities for transgender employees.

July 5, 2018

What do you do if a recall happens? Here are 5 tips

An E. coli outbreak is a nightmare for everyone. For restaurant operators, corrective next steps are crucial to success. Follow these tips to keep customers safe.

July 3, 2018

Cheers on America’s birthday: Serve alcohol safely

Our ServSafe Alcohol specialist offers five tips to ensure the safety of your customers, employees and business on the holiday.

June 29, 2018

Celebrating LGBTQ leadership in restaurants

June is Pride month, and restaurant employees and customers are recognizing the impact the LGBTQ community is making on our industry.

June 27, 2018

Association execs tackle harassment, advocacy issues

Steve Danon, our senior vice president of public affairs, led a discussion on legislative and regulatory challenges seen at the state and local levels.

June 27, 2018

Cowboys’ Wasai creates his own legendary career

The food and beverage director for Legends Hospitality never imagined that his first job in our industry would lead to the rewarding career he has today.

June 25, 2018

CEO cheers Association Health Plan expansion

Expanding AHPs will allow smaller and mid-sized businesses to offer employees benefits on par with larger companies, says Dawn Sweeney.

June 21, 2018

At Anna Maria Oyster Bar, reading is fundamental

The husband-and-wife owner-operators of this Sarasota, Fla.-based restaurant company are committed to helping end the problem of illiteracy.