Puzder withdraws his name for Labor Sec, rights organizations applaud

CKE Restaurant Group CEO Andrew Pudzer has officially withdrawn his name from the nomination for Labor Secretary.

How to romance customers out of Valentine's Day dollars

Coming up with attractive and creative Valentine's Day promos can be a challenge when nearly every restaurant on the planet is competing for the consumer’s love and affection. Check out some of this year's promotions.

NYC restaurateur proposes 3-tier minimum wage to 'help small business owners'

CEO Willie Degel thinks the industry should have a specific minimum wage for private companies with less than $25 million in revenues, a higher wage for private companies making $25-$50 million and an even higher wage for publicly traded companies.

2 events to help you succeed in franchising

To help operators avoid common pitfalls and to learn about the new technology now available to help restaurateurs succeed, Networld Media Group is hosting two events focusing on franchise growth and innovation.

3 brands discuss sweating out Super Bowl's 'super Busy-ness'

Across the U.S. this pre-Super Bowl week, restaurant owners, employees and vendors are probably popping extra vitamins — maybe even carb-loading a little in anticipation of the monumental demands coming Sunday. Here three brands relay the worries, the work and the potential wealth at stake.

Big brands hoping to score with a variety of marketing tactics on Super Bowl Sunday

Brands will fight for their piece of the pie on what the USDA describes as the  No. 2 food holiday of the year. Fifteen percent —  or about 48 million people — will place some type of food order.

Why the restaurant industry's relationship with US government is still #Complicated

Considering President Donald Trump's passion for business, many were hoping the relationship between the restaurant industry and the government would be less strained. Feelings about his leadership are mixed, however.

Gutting the 'gut feelings' from hiring: 2 restaurant companies' $40M story

Who knew technology could help restaurateurs get the right human touch tableside? Two large restaurant companies tell their highly profitable story.

A&W's post-Yum success proves breaking up isn't hard to do

Sometimes, brands like people do better solo than as a member of even the nicest restaurant family. Such has been the case for a brand that is actually the nation's oldest restaurant chain, A&W.

Food truck growth goes full throttle: Part 2 - costs and challenges

Businesses and individuals driven by a passion for serving all types of food are recognizing the opportunity to launch a food truck. While these entrepreneurs hail from a variety of backgrounds, they all face the challenges of having sufficient capital, defining their niche, establishing a solid business strategy and executing it.

Taco Bell puts a brake on restaurant industry's revolving door

Taco Bell's 4-year-old Start with Us, Stay with Us initiative required a slew of cultural changes for the brand, but is now starting to pay off with big, long-term results in employee quality, retention and engagement.

Food truck growth goes full throttle: Part 1

This four-part series explores the successes and challenges of the food truck industry, which has grown by 12.4 percent over the past five years. It's now worth $650 million and should hit $2.7 billion this year.

World's oldest QSR rebrands, expands in US

The time may never be more ripe for 118-year-old Yoshinoya to hit a growth spurt in the U.S. The brand's U.S. CEO offers insight into what's coming as the Japanese-based beef bowl chain begins rebranding on American soil.

The gluten-free opportunity: New rewards await

Skyrocketing demand for gluten-free choices on restaurant menus is spawning creative solutions from restaurateurs, food service vendors and health watchdog groups to provide diners with choices that are both healthful and great tasting.

IoT, customer-facing robots and VR among topics to be discussed at 2017 ICX Summit

The annual conference, which draws hundreds of customer experience leaders and innovators, is June 5-7 in Dallas and features a range of interesting sessions and a special networking function.

Sleep talkers beware: Alexa is listening for your restaurant reorders

Amazon Prime members can now voice-order meals through Amazon Restaurants on Alexa-enabled devices,

'If in doubt, leave it out': The lessons in Cinnabon's Carrie Fisher tweet

Cinnabon's poorly received social media post about Carrie Fisher, upon her death this week, has restaurant leaders talking about how best to prevent such well-intended but still brand-burning missteps online.

5 findings inside diners' minds make great guides for 2017

NPD Group recently outlined its top five predictions about the American diner's state of mind as it relates to the dinner plate. Taken collectively, these five predictions form the kind of information that brands can take and run with in the year ahead.

Cinnabon unleashes wrath of internet over Fisher tweet

Cinnabon is struggling today with a problem that haunts just about every restaurateur in the digital age after the company's social media managers posted what the online universe quickly deemed an inappropriate comment on the death yesterday of original Star Wars cast member Carrie Fisher.

A 'post mortem': Looking back at 2016's hard-learned lessons

Experts weigh in on the eight lessons they learned in 2016 about the fine art of running a restaurant.

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