Industry News Roundup - March 7, 2014
Friday, March 07, 2014
Paid Sick Leave and Minimum Wage were on top of agendas, Restaurant Week is questioned, and Google shares menus in search; Our team is on top of important news across the industry. Each week we will share with you a recap of important topics in the press. Stay tuned to stay informed.
Journal of Accountancy, 3/5
On Wednesday, the IRS released final regulations to implement simplified reporting requirements under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, P.L. 111-148, which requires employers to report health care coverage information under Secs. 6055 and 6056 starting in 2015 (T.D. 9660 and T.D. 9661).
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver unveiled legislation Wednesday morning that he and his allies claim would be a major step forward for working families across New York State.
The House of Representatives appears ready to vote on a bill that would change the health care law’s definition of “full-time” from 30 to 40 hours.
Minimum wage is already a hot issue in state legislatures, with 30 states currently considering proposals to raise their state wage. But it looks as if minimum wage, and the minimum cash wage for tipped employees, could also be a top ballot issue in a number of states.
Restaurant Hospitality 3/5
Restaurants expected to pay more for beef, but other commodities are likely to take a hit from the weather as well.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Bonefish Grill, and Burtons Grill lead restaurant chains in accommodating food-allergic diners, according to Allergy Eats’ 2014 list of Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains in the U.S.
Winter Restaurant Week wraps up on March 7, but its organizers are already thinking ahead to the summer promotion and beyond to keep the 22 year-old initiative relevant not only to younger diners but to the industry itself.
At his Harlem restaurant Red Rooster's downstairs music venue, chef Marcus Samuelsson joined fellow NYC chefs Gabrielle Hamilton (Prune), Floyd Cardoz (North End Grill), and Charlene Johnson-Hadley (American Table Bar and Cafe) for a panel conversation about diversity in restaurant kitchens.
Washington City Paper 3/4
For about two years, a handbook with photos of and details about D.C.'s food critics and writers has been quietly circulating among a handful of upscale restaurants in town.
The Food Book Fair has announced this year's participant line up and it's lengthy. The event, as previously reported, aims to bring together "food enthusiasts, chefs, artists, writers, designers and publishers to celebrate the intersection between food culture and our food system."
As online delivery site GrubHub/Seamless prepares for a $100 million IPO, the eagle-eyed folks over at Quartz read through the company's prospectus and made a few interesting discoveries.
The 21st annual Restaurant and Foodservice convention will open Sunday and highlight locally grown and sourced food. (NYSRA QUOTED)
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Taste NY will be participating in the International Restaurant and Foodservice Show of New York, one of the largest restaurant and food service shows in the country, beginning Sunday, March 2 and ending Tuesday, March 4. (NYSRA QUOTED)
Business review website Yelp has identified the best 100 places to nosh in the country, as determined by the most discerning palates: normal, food-loving, Yelp-using citizens.
TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION
The war between Glassholes and everyone else continues to rage in San Francisco: Soon after tech writer Sarah Slocum was attacked for wearing Google Glass (she called it a "hate crime"), SFist reports that bars in the city are now banning the nerd trophies.
Google is providing menus in search results, kind of. According to the official Google blog, menus are popping up for select US restaurants.
It's not a thing that actually exists quite yet, but Pizza Hut recently teamed with software developer Chaotic Moon Studios to offer a concept video that imagines what on-table, touchscreen ordering might look like.
Some operators accept digital currency, even as it stirs up controversy.