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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...

Economic Factors Affecting the U.S. Restaurant Industry

A multitude of factors are currently affecting U.S. operators, from technological evolutions to shifts in dining behaviors. But some things never change: inflation, restaurant versus grocery prices, and consumer confidence will always have an impact on restaurant operators. Below, we delve into all of the above — plus highlight a couple of other interesting trends that are sure to impact…read more →Read more...

The Future of Foodservice Is Already Here

We’re currently in the midst of a fourth Industrial Revolution — one that’s bringing together digital, biological, and physical systems. What might have seemed Orwellian 25 years ago — sending a self-driving car to pick up a pizza, or wearing contact lenses that allow a maitre’d to immediately know your dining preferences — is in many cases a reality today….read more →Read more...

4 Ways Trump Will Impact Restaurants

Trying to determine the Trump impact on restaurants and foodservice is a difficult task. Will deportations (or that “big, beautiful wall” Trump promised) lead to higher food costs down the road? Will restaurant CEOs usher in an era of fewer regulations, all while climate change affects crop yields? A lot hangs in the balance and the short answer is that the future…read more →Read more...

The Restaurant Recession Is Overblown

There’s been a lot of chatter around a so-called “restaurant recession” recently. The phrase really took off in July 2016, when analyst Paul Westra warned that the U.S. was on the brink of a “restaurant recession,” offering a bearish report on the industry and downgrading 11 restaurant stocks. A number of other analysts, along with the media and industry execs, took…read more →Read more...