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Industry News Roundup - July 3, 2014

Thursday, July 03, 2014  
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Eliminating auto-enroll in health care law is introduced in the Senate, Bitcoins became legal in California, and Hack // Dining is a hit in NYC; Each week we will share with you a recap of important topics in the press. Stay tuned to stay informed.


The California Glove Law Has Been Officially Repealed
Eater 6/30
The controversial California glove law has officially been repealed. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Governor Jerry Brown signed the repeal into effect on Saturday following the state Senate's unanimous vote in favor of it last week.

Senate bill aims to eliminate key part of health care law 6/27
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) has introduced legislation that would accomplish one of the National Restaurant Association’s top health care advocacy priorities: elimination of the auto-enroll requirement.


Manhattan’s Restaurant Real Estate Troubles Are Real: An Expert Explains
GrubStreet 7/2
Grub talked to Julian Hitchcock, an NYC real estate veteran who brokered all nine leases for Gotham West Market through KAM Hospitality, and recently started his own consulting firm, the F&B Group. He explained the real reason all these leases are skyrocketing, why he thinks NYC isn't necessarily in danger of turning into an island full of banks, and where independent restaurants can still feasibly afford to open.


Bitcoin Legalized in California
Fox Business 6/30
Bitcoin celebrated a big victory in the Golden State this weekend, as California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill legalizing digital currencies.

Introducing HALO Awards: Can Chain Restaurant Food Be Healthy?
QSR 6/19
Food News Media, the publisher of QSR and FSR magazines, award-winning business publications for the restaurant industry, has launched the HALO Awards, which seek to recognize and honor chain restaurants that are making meaningful contributions to a healthy, active lifestyle for consumers. Entries for the awards program are due by July 31, 2014. For more information and to enter, visit

People Are Sending Pizzerias Around the Country Extortion Letters Demanding Bitcoin
GrubStreet 7/1
Some shadowy organization is threatening to bring down the entire slice economy by damaging the reputation of individual pizzerias. 

Connecting Food, Tech, And Hackers In NYC
Forbes 6/30
With challenges issued from Google GOOGL -0.15%, Chipotle, Applegate,  and  the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group, a collection of food and tech “hackers” converged in New York City last weekend.  Food+Tech Connect created an event, Hack//Dining NYC, to focus on bringing digital innovations to restaurants, quick service, and institutional dining.

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