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August 2017 US Restaurant Labor Data

August 2017 US restaurant labor data reveals that not much has changed much in the US, employment-wise, since July — which, by and large, is positive for operators. The news isn’t all good, however. Fewer jobs originated in restaurants and bars in August, for instance. Still, restaurant jobs continue to grow faster than the overall economy, and have every single…read more →Read more...

U.S. Steakhouse Restaurant Sales: A Bright Spot In the Industry

Despite the recent struggles of some pockets of the restaurant industry, steakhouses have provided a bright spot in even the most dismal dining segments. While many Casual-Dining chains struggled, casual steakhouses came out on top. Fine-Dining chains (many of which are steakhouses) saw an uptick in sales, too. Steakhouses and high-end restaurants tend to be less volatile to swings in…read more →Read more...

How Much Americans Spent at Restaurants So Far in 2017

How much Americans spend at restaurants has fluctuated over the years, but lately, the numbers have been increasingly positive. Historically, grocery stores have taken the largest share of this pie. But in May 2015, restaurant spend had surpassed grocery spend for the first time in recorded history. Those who had been tracking the evolution in consumer spend likely saw this…read more →Read more...

Watch CEO Patrick Doyle Talk Domino’s Automated Delivery

Domino’s has been betting on technology for quite some time now, with CEO Patrick Doyle famously saying it’s “as much a tech company” as it is a pizza company. The chain continues to pioneer the use of technology throughout the industry, with Domino’s automated delivery now being tested in some markets. In a September 8 interview with CNBC’s Squawk Box,…read more →Read more...

How Restaurants Respond to Natural Disasters

As far as natural disasters go, Fall 2017 is off to a rough start. In August, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, stranding thousands in their homes, and leading to widespread flooding across densely populated areas like Houston. Just days later, the Category 5 Irma barreled toward Florida, leaving a wake of destruction in its path. Shortly after Irma destroyed…read more →Read more...

Who’s Who Among Public GCC Restaurant and Hospitality Companies

A slew of headlines have plagued the GCC in recent months — many related to poor economic conditions brought on by political issues and sagging oil prices. GCC restaurant stocks have been impacted but, despite the recent problems, the region (and the hospitality sector in particular) continues to experience growth, making it a burgeoning location for both homegrown concepts and…read more →Read more...

11 Labor Day Restaurant Marketing Examples

Labor Day is meant to be a celebration of American workers – a day they can take off from work to enjoy some time outside. And with the US unemployment rate recently dropping to 4.3%, there are a whole lot of people likely to be celebrating. More free time for consumers means an ideal opportunity for restaurant chains eager to…read more →Read more...

The Most Common Restaurant Commercial Due Diligence Findings

Private Equity firms have been snapping up restaurant chains at an astounding rate in recent years. It makes sense, considering the industry is cash-generative, offering a continual source of new concepts that can be scaled and eventually sold, generating lucrative returns. And while those in the financial and banking sectors often perform the due diligence on those deals, a firm…read more →Read more...