Minimum wage employees in 21 states to get a raise in the New Year

Twenty-one states are positioned to raise their minimum wages on Jan. 1. According to a news release from the Employment Policies Institute, other cities and states are expected to follow in 2015. The following states, their current minimum wage and Jan.

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Debunking McDonald's service time criticism

Customers and investors prefer innovation and quality over short wait times.

The pace of fast casual pizza accelerates in 2014

Despite a number of headwinds such as high cheese and beef prices and labor pressures, many operators remain optimistic for 2015.

Low gas prices saving Americans about $200M per day versus 2013

The average cost of fuel is nearly 70 cents lower per gallon than it was last year at this time, and has dropped below the $2 mark in 13 states.

What it takes to build long-term vision

Write down where you want to be in one year, three years or five years as a way to better understand where you are headed and how you are going to get there.

Competition for talent among hot trends for employers in 2015

The upswing in the economy means competition for talent will heat up in 2015. That means employers need to up their game when it comes to attracting and retaining the best team members.

Restaurant industry hurdles expected to continue in 2015

On top of record-high commodities prices, labor inflation, technology costs and health care/menu labeling logistics, there is also intensified competition in foodservice.

Wheat prices up $1 since October

Gas prices drop another dime in a week.

Going back to the basics always works

Refer to the failures of your company's ancestors because there is a lot to learn there.

'Black Friday' a boon to restaurants, too

Mall-based restaurants can see a significant spike in sales around the holiday season, bolstered by high traffic volumes and consumers' desire for indulgence.

Temporary hires can have a lasting effect

Keep an eye out for a team member who takes new peers under their wing; you just might have had an excellent trainer under your nose.

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OrderUp adds AOL veteran to executive team

Baltimore-based OrderUp has hired former AOL SVP of Corporate Development Michael Smith as its new VP of Corporate and Business Development. The move will support OrderUp's growth. According to a news release, OrderUp's order and delivery volume has recently increased...

Key themes for '15: Food quality, customization, customer-facing technology

Fitch Ratings released its 2015 Outlook for the US Restaurant industry, predicting an improvement in sales trends, the easing of commodities pressures and growing cash flow. However, the potential for event risk will remain in the New Year, according to...

Agreement enables Paytronix Rewards, NCR Aloha POS integration

The new Cloud Connect integration will enable Paytronix to integrate, maintain and deploy its solution across NCR’s install base of more than 100,000 restaurant locations.

Project Pie selects real estate firm to secure new market sites

Project Pie has announced a partnership with commercial real estate firm Newmark Grubb Knight Frank to help franchisees introduce the fast casual pizza concept in new markets. "This partnership with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank will elevate Project Pie to the...

CiCi's Pizza hires Sonic exec as CFO

CiCi's Pizza has named Jim Lebs as its new chief financial officer Jim Lebs. According to a news release, Lebs has 20 years of experience and most recently served as VP – Supply Chain for Sonic Drive-In. He also served...

Project Pie adds McAlister's exec to franchising development team

Project Pie has named former McAlister’s Deli executive Peter Wright as its vice president of Franchise Development. Wright joins the leadership team tasked with driving franchise growth and sales for the pizza brand. According to a news release, Wright brings more than 15 years of foodservice experience to Project Pie.

Connie's Pizza offering free delivery in exchange for toy donation

Connie's Pizza has partnered with Toys For Tots and will offer free delivery to customers who donate to the organization through Dec. 24. "Most places put a big box by their entrance and hope people come in with toys to donate.

Akerman law firm forms National Restaurant Industry Group

The new group includes nearly 30 lawyers and regulatory professionals with broad experience representing restaurant industry clients in major U.S. and international markets.

Yum! Brands' Novak receives 'Distinguished American' status

Yum! Brands CEO and Chairman David Novak has received membership into the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans Inc. organization. Novak joins 11 other business and civic leaders from across North America in receiving this membership in 2015. According to...

Fourth names TISSL partner in analytics, POS integration

Through a partnership with TISSL, Fourth offers integration of its Analytics tool with POS data.

Lower gas prices yield higher restaurant traffic, sales in October

The National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index posted solid gains in October, driven in large part to falling gas prices. According to a news release, the RPI was 102.8 in October, up 1.8 percent from September. “The positive same-store sales...

Restaurants Canada taps interim CEO

Chef and restaurateur Donna Dooher has been named interim president and CEO at Restaurants Canada. Dooher, who is owner of Mildred's Temple Kitchen in Toronto's Liberty Village and a frequent guest on CTV's The Social, will oversee the association until...

QSR workers plan to carry low-wage strikes into year two

Quick-service employees, and other workers from a variety of service-sector jobs, plan to strike Thursday in protest of low wages. The workers are planning for the strikes to be widespread – spanning 160 cities across the US – and picked...

BoomBozz spins off to-go lunch concept

Louisville, Ky.-based BoomBozz Craft Pizza & Taphouse will open a new location in the spring that will feature a to-go service model. According to Louisville Business First, the concept will be called Boom-a-GoGo and will be geared toward the lunch crowd.  It will be located in a busy shopping area in Louisville with lunch-only hours.

FAQ's about the FDA's final menu regulations

The FDA will consider details throughout the next year, and will continue to solicit input on how to properly monitor these regulations.

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