Industry News Roundup - May 16, 2014
Monday, May 19, 2014
Minimum wage protests are held, Yelp launches a free reservation service, and in London you can pay by instagramming; Each week we will share with you a recap of important topics in the press. Stay tuned to stay informed.
USA Today 5/15
Hundreds of fast food workers walked off their jobs in many U.S. cities and in more than 30 countries on Thursday, joining labor and union activists in protests calling for wages of $15 an hour and the right to seek union representation without retaliation.
Workers turned out at a number of McDonald's, Burger Kings and other fast-food chains in 30 countries to call for higher wages.
Over the course of the last six weeks, the restaurant industry has celebrated Food & Wine's Best New Chefs class of 2014, the World's 50 Best Restaurants list, and the James Beard Awards. Beyond that, there's the steady stream of Michelin announcements around the world. But how much do any of these awards matter?
Starting this week, the all-you-can-eat lunch buffet at Patrizietta in Losone, Switzerland, comes with an optional add-on: a punitive 5-franc fine ($5.65) if you don't want to eat everything you plopped on your plate.
When Sushi Yasuda adopted a no-tipping policy last year, many cheered the higher employee wages promised by the receipt: "Sushi Yasuda's service staff are fully compensated by their salary. Therefore gratuities are not accepted."
If any Londoners think that all-in-one #Dinnercam food-porn photo booth thing sounds awful, they should definitely also avoid something called Picture House, "the world's first pay-by-picture restaurant," which opens tomorrow in Soho.
NEW YORK CITY
Woods's granddaughter Shauna Woods has been working on the commemorative renaming since 2007.
ReBar and owner Jason Stevens are now the subject of an investigation by the Brooklyn District Attorney over "multiple recent financial complaints."
TECHNOLOGY & TRENDS
NY Times 5/13
Food halls are all about gratification, both immediate (a chorizo and potato taco to eat on the spot) and delayed (a chunky jar of anchovies to take home).
Now city guide app Yelp is also biting back: today the company is announcing a new, free Yelp Reservations service.
NY Times 5/13
The New York Times launched a new site in beta today dedicated to cooking and recipes called NYT Cooking.
Mobile platforms offer new tools for hiring, training, and retaining Millennial employees.
Square has launched a new payments app called Order that will eventually replace Wallet on smartphones
Restaurant Briefing 5/2014
Increasing menu prices is something restaurateurs attempt to avoid, but with the rising costs of doing business, more are faced with the prospect.
TIPS & RESOURCES
Multi Briefs 5/14
Whether you are leasing space in a strip plaza, office building, shopping mall or industrial warehouse and whether you're a retailer, franchisee, chain store or healthcare professional, you eventually have to face a lease-renewal negotiation with the landlord.
Multi Briefs 5/13
Disciplinary counseling of an employee is one of the most unpleasant but important tasks a manager can perform.
Using a yoga-ball-mounted trackpad, birds with nary a pasture around can roam in pastoral bliss.
Here is a new trailer for Foodies: The Culinary Jetset, the upcoming documentary from B-Reel and Fortissimo Films. As previously noted, the film focuses "on the fine dining subculture of foodies" and follows a group of "slightly bizarre but charming food maniacs" as they travel to renowned restaurants across the globe like Fäviken (Sweden) and Eleven Madison Park (NYC).