Industry News Roundup - June 27, 2014
Friday, June 27, 2014
Soda ban in NYC dies officially, bare hands can touch food again in California, and Amazon is taking on Seamless with delivery service; Each week we will share with you a recap of important topics in the press. Stay tuned to stay informed.
San Francisco Chronicle's Food Section Is Shut Down
It's official: The San Francisco Chronicle will cease to print its award-winning food section Food & Wine this week.
Repeal of ban on bare-hand contact with food OK'd
The Fresno Bee 6/26
California's chefs and bartenders can resume legally handling food with their bare hands under a bill headed to the governor's desk that would repeal an unpopular regulation.
Why Aren’t Cooks Tipped? Chefs Discuss Wage Inequality In Restaurants
Bloomberg Businessweek 6/24
Debate over the minimum wage and income disparity has created growing tension in the restaurant business about how to pay workers—namely, how to handle tips.
Illinois food-handler training law set to take effect
Illinois is about to become the second state to require all foodservice employees who work with food, food equipment, utensils, and food-contact surfaces to receive basic food safety training through programs accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-ASTM International.
Will Seattle minimum-wage hike have national fallout?
Restaurant Hospitality 6/20
Seattle owners ponder ways to counter labor costs while operators in other cities keep a close eye.
NEW YORK CITY
The 10 Best Quotes from the James Beard 'Women in Culinary Leadership' Panel
Last night in New York City, the James Beard Foundation hosted a discussion on "Women in Culinary Leadership" and "how the culinary and restaurant world can better support and encourage the advancement of women within the industry."
NYC soda ban fizzles out for good: Court of Appeals rules against New York City
Staten Island Live 6/26
Now Staten Islanders can have their super-sized sodas and their 16-ounce Big Gulps, too: The New York State Court of Appeals just put the kibash on New York City's ban on jumbo soft drinks.
(NYS Restaurant Association Quoted)
The Soda Ban Is Really, Truly Dead
This morning, the New York State Court of Appeals released a 20-page opinion confirming what industry lobbyists and guys at protests dressed up like giant soda bottles have been saying for a while: The city far "exceeded the scope of its regulatory authority" with its proposed ban on sugary drinks in sizes greater than 16 ounces.
City Loses Final Appeal on Limiting Sales of Large Sodas
NY Times 6/26
The state’s highest court on Thursday refused to reinstate New York City’s controversial limits on sales of jumbo sugary drinks, exhausting the city’s final appeal and handing a major victory to the American soft-drink industry, which bitterly opposed the plan.
Why It’s Become More Tempting Than Ever for Chefs to Leave New York
Thanks to a number of factors, chefs increasingly feel like they can avoid or leave New York without sacrificing the potential for fame.
Union Square Cafe Joins Other Victims of New York City’s Rising Rents
NY Times 6/23
It is one of the hard truths of New York real estate: Restaurants help revitalize neighborhoods, then are forced to close when their rents skyrocket.
Drew Nieporent on Opening Bâtard, Yelp, and No-Shows
Interview with Drew Nieporent at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen
MTA snubbed locals in Grand Central eatery choice
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority passed over New York City veterans like Simon Oren of Five Napkin Burger and Michael Dorf of City Winery in picking Danish restaurateur Claus Meyer for Vanderbilt Hall.
Bushwick’s Community Board Wants to ‘Halt the Influx’ of New Bars
Bars, like the one that offers customers personal phone-charging stations, can be incredibly valuable places, but the number of new establishments seeking liquor licenses in Bushwick has apparently grown so high that CB4 Brooklyn has been forced to add extra meetings to handle the demand.
Grand Central Food Hall Proposal Nears Approval
NY Times 6/20
On Friday, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates the 100-year-old terminal, unveiled the food hall plan, which has been endorsed by a committee charged with vetting proposals for the best use of the marble-floored space that was the station’s main waiting room until 1996.
Bright idea! Sustainability newsletter now available for restaurateurs
The National Restaurant Association issued “Bright Ideas,” its first-ever sustainability newsletter, which offers tips and tools to restaurant and foodservice operators on eco-friendly practices that save money, resources and help protect the environment.
NRA launches new Conserve website
The National Restaurant Association has debuted a new Conserve website designed to educate restaurateurs about sustainability and how to apply “greener” business practices to save money and help protect the environment.
TECHNOLOGY & TRENDS
There’s a Restaurant That’s Only Hiring People via Snapchat
This can't end well: Instead of a "BORING!" call for résumés, Sober Lane, a pub opening next month in Dublin, wants the largely young-ish applicant pool for its 20 job openings to Snapchat a photo or video.
Amazon Is Quietly Launching A Local Takeout Service To Rival Seamless And DeliveryHero
Amazon has been tipped to launch a local services marketplace this year to rival the likes of Thumbtack, Angie’s List and Yelp. Now one part of that effort looks like it’s about to go live: the company is now rolling out a food takeout service, a direct competitor to GrubHub, Seamless and DeliveryHero.
Muscle Maker Grill Sends Fans To The Competition
Quick-serve restaurant chain Muscle Maker Grill has launched a "Behind Enemy Lines" social media sweepstakes campaign that's encouraging its fans to visit competitive QSRs -- to carry out a playfully subversive mission.
Starbucks tests Greek yogurt smoothies
Chicago Tribune 6/24
Starbucks Corp., which started selling handmade sodas in the southern United States Tuesday, is now testing three flavors of Greek-yogurt smoothies as it continues trying to broaden its appeal beyond coffee.
Le Cirque Software Need Helps Prompt Oracle’s Micros Deal
To understand why Oracle Corp. agreed to buy Micros Systems Inc. for $5.3 billion, take a peek inside one of New York’s top restaurants, Le Cirque.
(NYS Restaurant Association Quoted)
Oracle to Acquire Micros Systems for $5.3 Billion
According to a press release, the two companies are merging in an effort to combine "MICROS' industry specific applications with Oracle's business applications, technologies, and cloud portfolio" in restaurants and hotels.
Olive Garden Pushes Smaller Portions and Online Ordering
Bloomberg Business Week 6/20
Olive Garden is implementing several changes to win back its customers—but unlimited salad and breadsticks aren’t going anywhere. Here’s a look at the plan.
The Paid Reservation Debate Rages On
The debate grew ever-more heated this week, after Julia Moskin’s New York Times piece and a subsequent “Room for Debate” on their website.