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Industry News Roundup - August 8, 2014

Friday, August 08, 2014  
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Gluten free labeling regulations are announced, .NYC domains start to get reserved, and restaurant ticketing continues to lead trend discussion; Each week we will share with you a recap of important topics in the press. Stay tuned to stay informed.


Awful Restaurant Owners Charge Their Own Servers When Customers Use Credit Cards
GrubStreet 8/7
Minnesota restaurant owners are really not triumphing in the face of the state's minimum-wage increase, from the conspicuous "min wage fee" on River Oasis Cafe's bills, to this baffling self-destructive measure: Blue Plate Restaurant Company's bright idea is to take 2 percent of servers' tips to the house every time customers pay by credit card, and it's used at its eight Twin Cities–area restaurants to offset employees' state-mandated 75-cent raise.

Minnesota Restaurant Charges 'Minimum Wage Fee'
Eater 8/6
According to CBS, Oasis Cafe is now charging a $.35 "minimum wage fee." The owners claim that "the pay increase is costing them more than $10,000 a year."

7 Things You Need to Know About the FDA’s New Gluten Regulations
GrubStreet 8/6
After a yearlong grace period, the Food and Drug Administration officially standardized the definition of what can and cannot be labeled "gluten-free" yesterday. Until

Restaurant Employs Deaf Servers, Gives Them Access To Industry They Were Once Excluded From
Huffington Post 8/5
Typically, you wouldn’t want your food request to fall on deaf ears. But at Signs Restaurant in Toronto, you’d be lucky to get the chance.

Safety first: Local restaurants team up with Goodwill for food-safety training
Mountain Xpress 8/4
With 109 food-poisoning cases in Buncombe County in 2013 — and probably more that went unreported — Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina has teamed up with the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association to train local workers and certify them through the national ServSafe program.

What the FDA’s food labeling changes mean for manufacturers, consumers
SamrtBlog 8/4
ESHA discusses four potential food labeling changes that may motivate foodmakers to reformulate

The QSR 50
QSR 8/2014
In the $225 billion limited-service restaurant industry, these 50 brands reign supreme.

WFF Launches 100K Strong Commitment Campaign
QSR 8/1
WFF, the nation’s largest nonprofit organization focused on advancing women leaders and gender parity on executive teams , launched the WFF 100K Strong Commitment Campaign, an industry-wide call to action to support the advancement of women leaders, at its annual Executive Summit. 

Dining with the stars
Crains 8/1
Big-name backers can draw customers to a restaurant, but they don't guarantee success.

Why Do the Feds Want to Dismantle the Golden Arches?
WSJ 7/31
The National Labor Relations Board begins an attack on the franchising business model.

NLRB: McDonald’s considered ‘joint employer’ with franchisees
Nations Restaurant News 7/29
Ruling exposes franchise brands to risks of ‘vicarious liability’

McDonald's Ruling Sets Ominous Tone for Franchisers
WSJ 7/29
NLRB Decision Will Allow Franchise Workers to Treat McDonald's as 'Joint Employer'


Server wages, tips come under review
Poughkeepsie Journal 8/1
As minimum wages continue on the upward track set by state law, New York will review the compensation for restaurant workers who are paid less than the $8 an hour minimum and rely on tips to survive.


Mission Chinese Sues Landlord Over Rodent Corpses and Other Concerns
GrubStreet 8/6
Now Danny Bowien and his partners are suing their landlord for leasing the troubled location despite its problems and, according to DNAinfo, causing "immeasurable harm to their reputations and brand."

Goodbye .com, hello .nyc
Daily News 8/4
New Yorkers, small businesses and community groups with a valid Big Apple address can start reserving their .nyc domains today, officials announced. 

A city that's juiced up
Crains 8/3
We're highly liquid, judging by explosion of juice bars in New York. An inevitable shakeout is seen for the food fad.


6 strategies to integrate locally sourced food 8/2014
Start small when incorporating local or seasonal ingredients on menus. Here are a few tips to help.

7 ways restaurants can protect intellectual property 8/2014
As restaurants diversify advertising and marketing through digital and social-media platforms, now’s the time to protect your intellectual-property assets. 

4 ways to enhance your brand’s presence at special events 8/2014
Make your brand stand out at trade shows, food fairs and festivals. Most visitors pass by your booth or table only once, so you need to grab their attention immediately. Generally, you have three to five seconds to do so. Here are some ways to stand out.

Teaching in-store and digital ordering to play nice
Fast Casual 7/28
The majority of customers are ready for mobile ordering. Is your restaurant ready to serve them? To make this new frontier a reality, it’s important to consider your current operations and what you’ll need to add.

5 key lessons for restaurant startups
Restaurant Hospitality 7/28
In my 20-plus years experience with fast casual, high-growth, early-stage restaurant concepts, I’ve learned several business lessons along the way. Below are five specific lessons I learned while launching my first restaurant concept, Meatheads, and some tips on how to apply these lessons to future startup concepts.


Weekly Innovation: An App To Help Stop Food Waste
NPR 8/6
This New York-based app developer aims to prevent food waste by letting its users connect with restaurants and grocery stores to buy excess product before it's thrown away. PareUp's online marketplace is launching in early August, and the mobile app will be available on Apple Store by mid-September.

How We Eat Now: Healthy, High-Protein, Alone
WSJ 8/6
Hectic schedules, time spent away from home and the rise of single-person households has led Americans to consume more meals solo, says a new report from NPD Group.

Sosh Launches Concierge, The Uber Of Restaurant Dining
TechCrunch 8/6
Sosh, the recommendations app that helps find the best stuff to do in your city, is today launching a new branch of the service dedicated to restaurants.

No More Reservations: Exclusive Restaurants Require Tickets Instead
NPR 8/5
In the future, going out to eat could become a lot like going to a sold-out rock concert. In fact, some of the hottest restaurants now sell tickets instead of taking reservations.

Yelp Turns 10: From Startup to Online Review Dominance
Eater 8/5
Yelp's aggressive growth can be traced back to its incredible success in fundraising as well as to its continuously evolving services. Its tremendous reach today comes as a result of a decade of establishing itself as a leader in the field of local community coverage.

Soon Square will deliver your gourmet pizza as well as charge it to your card
Gigaom 8/4
Confirming reports over the weekend in The New York Times and Re/Code, Square announced this acquisition on Monday. It didn’t reveal any financial details, though the Times reported it negotiated a $90 million all-stock deal.

Lobster Dishes With Mass Appeal
WSJ 8/1
This tasty crustacean has accrued stratospheric snob appeal over the years. Now, thanks to record hauls and plunging prices, it's showing up in downright democratic dishes. Tacos, anyone?

Restaurant Offers 15 Percent Discount for Anyone Seen ‘Praying in Public’
Eater 8/1
Mary's Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem is most definitely going to have a surge of customers angling to get a few dimes off their $11 home-fry scrambles now that word is out it offers a hefty 15 percent off the check whenever its servers see a customer "praying in public." 

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