Industry News Roundup - August 15, 2014
Friday, August 15, 2014
OpenTable launches a mobile payment feature, NYC courts the DNC, and a franchising law in California is stirring discussions; Each week we will share with you a recap of important topics in the press. Stay tuned to stay informed.
Labor and small businesses team up on California franchising law
Senate Bill 610 (SB 610), which has already been approved by the State Senate, would make it harder for franchisor companies such as the McDonald’s Corporation to end licensing agreements with franchisees. The proposed law has polarized the business community, and become a flashpoint in organized labor’s efforts to transform the franchising business model.
NRA joins legal fight against Seattle minimum wage
The National Restaurant Association joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as well as the American Hotel & Lodging Association and Asian American Hotel Owners Association, in throwing its weight behind a legal effort to stop the city of Seattle from unfairly targeting franchises by forcing them to accelerate their implementation of the nation’s highest minimum wage.
NEW YORK CITY
NYPD launches Operation Safe Cycle
The initiative will target violations that endanger pedestrians and bicyclists. They include disobeying traffic signals and signs; riding against traffic; riding on the sidewalk; and failure to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.
City expanding food-waste program
Capital NY 8/14
New York City will expand a pilot program this fall that takes uneaten food from the waste stream and converts it into pipeline-quality natural gas.
New York City Courts Democratic National Committee
City Hall Has Proposed Brooklyn's Barclays Center For The 2016 Democratic National Convention
RESOURCES & GUIDES
Strategies for courting solo diners
Restaurant Hospitality 8/12
Recent research from the NPD Group shows consumers are by themselves at more than 50 percent of eating and beverage occasions. Coupled with the fact that there are more single-person households in the U.S. today than ever before, solo diners have wide-ranging implications for the restaurant industry.
10 rules for creating employee handbooks
An effective employee handbook establishes a clearly defined working relationship and helps protect you from litigation. Here are 10 tips on how to develop an employee handbook.
5 Tips to Raise Your Profile Via Social Media
Restaurant Hospitality 8/11
Restaurant owners rely on social media to get the word out about new menu items or promotions, and to gain feedback that helps them improve and drive business to their restaurants. A number of social media strategies can help build a formidable social media profile and increase your digital footprint in the local community.
TRENDS & TECHNOLOGY
At Dan Barber's restaurants, the farm is the menu
Inside the kitchen at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Chef Dan Barber calls out orders not based on what diners requested, but based on what the farm harvested that day.
Will going to a restaurant be like buying a ticket to the theater?
SF Chronicle 8/12
Today there are half a dozen or more companies offering to find diners a table. Love it or hate it, the idea is gaining strength and it’s reopened the discussion about not only seating but restaurant pricing. For me it also crystallizes the idea that dining is much more than filling stomachs; in fact, it’s entertainment.
OpenTable Launches Mobile Payment App in NYC
Restaurant reservations website OpenTable has officially launched a new payment feature on its mobile app that works at over 45 restaurants in New York City.