Industry News Roundup - June 6, 2014
Friday, June 06, 2014
Tipped and minimum wages leads the conversations, Soda Ban is back in court, and online reservations is examined; Each week we will share with you a recap of important topics in the press. Stay tuned to stay informed.
Yelp is firing back at a Toronto-area restaurant owner who claimed the review site was highlighting negative reviews of his business and hiding positive ones.
The Seattle City Council on Monday unanimously approved a $15 hourly minimum wage — the highest in the nation.
NEW YORK STATE
Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was instrumental to brokering a deal between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Working Families Party over the weekend, expressed confidence Monday that it would allow the city to raise its minimum wage 30% higher than the $10.10 now being sought nationwide by President Barack Obama.
NEW YORK CITY
NY Times 6/4
New York City’s battle over sugary drinks is entering its endgame. But much more than soda is at stake.
A lawyer for the city is looking to revive a ban proposed by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, citing the city's 'serious crisis as to obesity.'
NY Daily News 6/3
If the City Council speaker has her way, the city’s minimum wage might not be so minimal. Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) said Tuesday she would like to see the minimum bumped to as much as $15 an hour in the city, nearly double the current statewide minimum of $8.
BK Live, 6/2
Louis Pechman (Labor Attorney, WaiterPay.com), Farid Ali (Bogota Latin Bistro, Board of Directors, NYS Restaurant Association, NYC Chapter), Andrew Moesel (Legislative Consultant, NYS Restaurant Association, NYC Chapter), and Ana Nieto (El Diario) join us to discuss the issue of restaurant employee wages and tipping procedure.
On Earth Day, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a major overhaul of the air pollution control code that will require, among other things, food trucks to switch to battery-powered refrigeration and pretty much all pizzerias with hearth-style ovens to install new emissions-containing equipment. This affects everyone from old-school legends like Totonno's and Patsy's to relative newcomers like Table 87, as well as every wood-burning operation in town.
TECHNOLOGY & TRENDS
QSR June 2014
Operators debate whether a gratuity option at the point of sale is right for their brand.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc.RRGB +0.93% is accelerating menu changes by allowing its 25,000 employees to share customer feedback and suggest ideas through social software, says Chris Laping, the casual dining chain’s CIO. He said social software is part of a digital transformation that connects the dots between Red Robin’s business strategy, restaurant employees and guests.
As consumers increasingly turn toward the lists of ingredients to check out what they’re eating, Panera Bread has announced a plan to ditch all artificial additives from all the food on its menu by the end of 2016. Out go the artificial colors, sweeteners and preservatives, from everything.
Take a look at today's online restaurant reservations landscape.
Nation’s Restaurant News 6/2
Companies’ IT divisions become a crucial part of the revenue stream
San Francisco-based director Brandon Loper's A Film About Coffee, which explores the world of specialty coffee "through the eyes and experiences of farmers and baristas," has been in the works for a few years, and it's finally getting some screenings.
Next month Gail Simmons, Marcus Samuelsson, and Max Silvestri, whose Grub Street diet last week was one of the most intense we've had in a while, will make their debut in The Feed, FYI Network's new series described as "part road show, part food adventure, part talk show."