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Industry News Roundup - March 21, 2014

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The culture of tipping is explored and two major updates in NYC restaurant regulations - Paid Sick Leave bill signed by Mayor and Letter Grading gets proposed reforms; Each week we will share with you a recap of important topics in the press. Stay tuned to stay informed. 



MEMBER ALERTS

NYC Member Alert: Updates To Letter-Grading Inspections And Fine Structures
Speaker Mark-Viverito and the DOHMH announced new proposed rules for the restaurant inspection process that will reduce letter-grade fines by an additional 25%, which returns fine collection to pre-letter grade (2010) levels.

Following the signing of the expanded Paid Sick Leave bill, the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) released information on their website regarding guidelines and best practices for business to comply with the new regulation. 

INDUSTRY

GrubStreet 3/18
Congrats to Fuchsia Dunlop, First We Feast, Francis Lam, Daniel Humm, and Will Guidara, who all received nods for the James Beard Foundation's Books, Broadcast & Journalism Awards. Cookbook authors Matt Lee and Ted Lee will host the awards ceremony on May 2.

Restaurant Hospitality 3/17
As customers trim gratuities, some operators are eyeing new tipping formats.

Restaurant Hospitality 3/17
State rules often regulate what defines a uniform, and who is responsible for maintaining it.

governor.ny.gov 3/14
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the success of the Pride of NY Pledge, with more than 100 restaurants pledging to utilize the bountiful agricultural products available in New York State. Part of the Taste NY initiative, the Pledge is a commitment to increase the sourcing, marketing, and education of New York State grown and made products.

ReadMedia 3/14
A casual dining restaurant with an onsite greenhouse, a prosciutto wrapped stuffed chicken breast and chocolate espresso cream tartlets took top honors at this year's competition.

Utica Observer-Dispatch 3/14
Students from the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES took third place in the March 8 New York State Restaurant Association Educational Foundation's 10th annual ProStart Invitational.

NYC

Crains 3/21
Fines associated with letter grade inspections will be reduced by 25%, according to new rules unveiled Friday by the City Council and Department of Health.

Staten Island Advance 3/21
Friday is expected to be a grade "A" day for all the restaurants in New York City as plans reportedly are in the works to lower fines connected with the much maligned city Health Department rating system.
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Crains 3/20
On Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the first bill into law of his administration: a mandate to require all businesses in New York with five or more employees to provide paid-time off to its workers.
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Village Voice 3/18
The Chopped judge has risen steadily within New York's restaurants for two decades -- even while, he insists, his only goal was to have a good time -- and he now sits atop a restaurant empire, an outgrowth of Tribeca's Landmarc (179 West Broadway, 212-343-3883), which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year.

GrubStreet 3/18
Last year, Sushi Yasuda made headlines (and sparked debate) after it announced it had abolished tipping, a practice that some believe is inherently unfair, culturally biased, and even discriminatory. 

Crains 3/18
Soaring city rents, rising labor costs and more mandates slow biz expansions.

Crains 3/17
On Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio held a “hearing” at City Hall that doubled as a celebration of the expanded paid-sick-leave legislation the mayor is expected to sign into law this week.

Daily News 3/17
On the eve of the 253rd annual parade, Ireland's most famous brewery made a surprising move by pulling its sponsorship. Heineken also will not sponsor the event, and Mayor de Blasio will not march because of the parade's policy on gays.

NY Times 3/15
Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York named Kathryn Garcia, an official of the Environmental Protection Department, to replace John J. Doherty as the city’s sanitation commissioner.

Crains 3/14
The tourism vet had been the group's interim chief executive since its previous head stepped down in December. Mayor Bill de Blasio's announcement was met with thunderous applause on Friday afternoon at NYC & Company's annual meeting.

TECHNOLOGY & TRENDS

Eater 3/20
Today, on the heels of the announcement of their partnership with Oprah, the green giant confirms that it will be rolling out Starbucks Evenings in cities across the country effective immediately. 

Nation’s Restaurant News 3/18
Dickie Brennan & Co. has begun using a new payment solution aimed at both helping its restaurants improve the customer experience and comply with upcoming changes in credit card technology.

Eater 3/19
The OpenTable tool, called "Hot Tables," is currently a pilot program; interested users may request invitations here.

The Detroit News 3/18
Burger King Worldwide Inc., the second-biggest U.S. burger chain, is introducing an application that will allow customers to pay for Whoppers with their smartphones as it races rivals to woo younger diners.

Eater 3/14
As the turf war between Google Glass enthusiasts and everyone else is heating up, LA food truck king Roy Choi takes the nerd trophy for a spin in a new video from Google Glass. 


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