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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...

July 2017 US Restaurant Labor Data

The past six months haven’t exactly been smooth sailing in the US, at least politically-speaking. Since President Trump took office in January 2017, the nation’s capital hasn’t witnessed any major economic policy changes, like tax reform or healthcare. Yet economic conditions remain optimistic — particularly for US restaurant operators, who rely on strong jobs and wage reports. In fact, business…read more →Read more...

US Restaurant Labor Data: An Overview

Few economic data points are as closely watched as measures of employment. For those in the foodservice industry, which must confront high rates of turnover and ever-evolving wages, US restaurant labor data trends are especially informative, as they can help restaurateurs adapt as the trends surface (rather than after the fact). But due to the sheer volume of monthly labor…read more →Read more...

Listen to the Creator of ‘Billions’ Discuss His Love of Restaurants

This week’s Eater Upsell (a podcast form the team behind Vox Media’s food website Eater) explores the relationship between Wall Street money and New York City restaurants through a conversation with Showtime’s Billions creator Brian Koppelman. Our love for Billions is no small secret (we’ve referenced it before, in fact) and Koppelman’s passion for food shines bright in the show….read more →Read more...

The Challenges Facing the Increasingly Crowded Pizza Segment

We’re currently seeing a whole host of pizza chains (from the household names like Domino’s and Pizza Hut to the rapidly-expanding fast-casual players) racing toward the same finish line. The sheer amount of pizza restaurants is a signal that some likely won’t finish the race, falling by the wayside as more competitive chains forge ahead. Over the next few years,…read more →Read more...