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Industry News Roundup - June 13, 2014

Friday, June 13, 2014  
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Leaky garbage bill in NYC is introduced, OpenTable is acquired, and a new virus increases BBQ prices; Each week we will share with you a recap of important topics in the press. Stay tuned to stay informed. 



INDUSTRY

UPI 6/11
The proposed wage-increase has the support of labor leaders, city hall, business owners and the Chamber of Commerce.

GrubStreet 6/10
A server working the late shift at a Raleigh Waffle House was told she wouldn't be allowed to keep the $1,000 tip a customer left in May. 

GrubStreet 6/10
The owners of Coco Roco, once "Sydney's most glamorous restaurant," have prevailed in an 11-year-long defamation case against then–Sydney Morning Herald food critic Matthew Evans, whose 2003 review savaged the $3 million joint as "a bleak spot on the culinary landscape" where the pork belly was the "porcine equal of parched Weet-Bix" and then some.

Daily Meal 6/9
The chief executive officer, or the CEO, is at the top of a company’s food chain, and is oftentimes the highest-paid person on the company payroll.

Bloomberg 6/6
This summer, U.S. consumers can look forward to opening a cold beer, firing up the grill and throwing on the most expensive pork chop they have ever purchased.

Eater 6/6
An informal analysis shows that Yelpers accuse a higher number of ethnic restaurants of giving them food poisoning. 


NEW YORK STATE

Crains 6/9
Supporters are making a final push to pass paid-family-leave legislation in New York state this year as state lawmakers enter their final weeks of work.


NEW YORK CITY

Crains 6/13
Low-wage workers who believe they were left behind in the 2013 deal to raise the state's minimum wage might finally be getting some relief from the Cuomo administration, Crain's has learned.

NY 1 6/12
A new bill in the City Council would fine restaurants that do not clean up after their leaky trash bags.
(NYS Restaurant Association Mentioned)

Eater 6/11
Councilwoman Margaret Chin will introduce a bill today that would require restaurants to pay a fine if their garbage leaks on the sidewalk.
(NYS Restaurant Association Mentioned)

Channel 7 6/11
Navigating New York City sidewalks can be a challenge, and one thing to avoid is messes from trash bags that restaurants have hauled to the curb. But now there is a proposal to make sure that mess is cleaned up, or else restaurants could pay up.
(NYS Restaurant Association  Quoted)

DNAinfo 6/11
Clean up your leaky garbage — or pay up. That’s the message City Councilwoman Margaret Chin is sending to restaurants with a new bill that would fine them if their trash is found oozing oil or other liquids onto the street.
(NYS Restaurant Association  Quoted) 

GrubStreet 6/10
A private eye retained by Mister Softee co-owner Jim Conway spotted ten impostor trucks in Manhattan over the weekend, photographs of which Conway plans to submit as evidence to the court, which means this summer could already be shaping up as one of the most contentious ice-cream truck seasons on record.

WSJ 6/10
Process Is Lengthy, Costly to Obtain Sidewalk Cafe License

Crains 6/9
Small businesses warn of layoffs, higher prices if city rate goes to $13 or even more.

Crains 6/6
Mayor Bill de Blasio formally dropped a lawsuit blocking the city's prevailing-wage law in an effort by the new mayor to raise the pay of workers in city-subsidized buildings.


RESOURCES & GUIDES

Restaurant Hospitality 6/16
All too often restaurant owners do not know their obligations under the law and expose themselves to lawsuits.

Restaurant Hospitality 6/9
Need capital to create a new concept or spin off an allied venture from your existing restaurant? This free resource can help you get started.


TRENDS / TECHNOLOGY

GrubStreet 6/13
The hotel and travel reservations service Priceline has reportedly made an offer to buy OpenTable for a staggering $2.6 billion in cash.

WSJ 6/11
BlackSalt, Recette, Marea court early diners with red carpet, while Alinea and Next sell tickets, vary prices

USA Today 6/12
In a strategic move that gives consumers yet another reason to waltz into the store, Starbucks and Duracell Powermat on Thursday will announce they've begun a national rollout of wireless phone chargers in Starbucks and Teavana locations.

GantDaily.com 6/10
As the demand for low-calorie and organic products grows, gluten-free food is getting more hype as more than half of restaurant chains in the United States are expected to offer more gluten-free dishes.

GrubStreet 6/9
After later unearthing its unsettling rap sheet of past inspections, McLaughlin put his techie skills to work and created Seamless NYC Health Ratings, a browser add-on for Chrome that combines exactly what its name suggests: a restaurant's health rating from NYC Open Data with its listing right there on the Seamless site. 

Eater 6/5
The analysis is, in part, a response to the recent boom in apps that aim to solve problems in the reservation game.

NOLA 6/5
The New Orleans startup Dinner Lab, which produces pop-up dining events and gathers customer feedback from those sessions to inform ideas for new restaurants, has raised $2.1 million from investors, which will help it expand its operation into more cities and gather more market data for the food industry.


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