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Chicago merchants celebrate beverage tax repeal

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 12 October 2017
It was a sweet victory on Oct. 11, when the Cook County Board of Commissioners repealed the controversial beverage tax it passed last year. The tax, which took effect in August, was an attempt to close a budget shortfall. It placed a penny-an-ounce tariff on soda and sugary beverages. The board voted 15-2 to end the tax, which had angered both consumers and business owners.
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Congress acts to save local businesses

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 4 October 2017
Today, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce began markup of H.R. 3441, the Save Local Business Act. If passed, the legislation would address the National Labor Relations Board’s expanded definition of the joint-employer standard. The NLRB dramatically expanded the definition in 2015 to include indirect and potential control of employees, overturning three decades of labor law and creating confusion for restaurants and other small businesses. As a result, small businesses like restaurants could be held liable for the actions of other companies simply because they do business with them.
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Vegas restaurants offer help after shooting

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 4 October 2017
The Las Vegas restaurant community came out in full force this week to provide food and support to victims, their family members and first responders involved in the shooting at a country music concert Oct. 1. The restaurateurs organized the effort via social media. They arranged to bring food to those aiding the victims and to friends and family members waiting for word on the conditions of their relatives and loved ones who were shot at the concert. According to published reports, the gunman, Stephen Paddock, 64, killed 59 people and injured 520 others.
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Who are the next restaurant neighbor or faces of diversity winners?

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 4 October 2017
Do you know a restaurateur who provides outstanding service for the community he or she does business in? Or what about an operator who embodies the meaning of diversity and has overcome obstacles to achieve the American Dream? If you do, it’s time to nominate them for our 2018 Restaurant Neighbor and Faces of Diversity Awards. Nominations for both awards programs are officially open and we’re looking to you to help us find those who are most deserving of winning the awards. The deadline for all nominations is Nov. 17.
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Survivors still standing after Hurricane Maria

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 28 September 2017
Puerto Rico is beginning the uphill battle of recovering after Hurricane Maria slammed into the battered island Sept. 19. About 97 percent of Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million residents are still without power and about half of them do not have running water, according to published reports.
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Practicing food safety? Here are 5 things to know

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 25 September 2017
As National Food Safety Month continues, engaging your employees in best practices is important to them, your customers’ health and the success of your business. Here are five tips every restaurant operator should know:
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NRA looks to Congress for joint-employer solution

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 20 September 2017
For 30 years, the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) joint-employer standard held that the definition of an employer was someone with actual or direct control over employees. In 2015, the NLRB dramatically expanded that definition to include indirect and potential control of employees, upending three decades of labor law and creating confusion for small businesses like restaurants.
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Students get a 'taste' of success

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 20 September 2017
Our Educational Foundation – in partnership with PepsiCo Foodservice – produced the video, which features industry leaders offering high-school students advice on how to achieve successful careers in foodservice and hospitality.
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AI, cashless payment, big data on tap at RIS 2017

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 15 September 2017
Are you ready for a taste of tomorrow? That’s what we’re serving up at our Restaurant Innovation Summit in Austin, Texas. From Oct. 25 to 27, our Summit will bring industry leaders together to talk about technology and how it is changing the way we do business. Operators, futurists and innovators will share strategies on how to work with tech, not against it. Here are a few of the highlights you’ll experience at this year’s Summit:
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Help for operators after Irma storms into Florida

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 11 September 2017
Hurricane Irma barreled through Florida Sunday, causing massive damage, flooding and power outages across the state. The storm hit just one week after Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston, Texas. Officials urged about 6.3 million people in the state to evacuate before Irma made landfall, and at least four deaths were linked to the storm, published reports indicated. As Irma moved up Florida’s western coast, it weakened into a tropical storm. Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina are now in its path.

Blais to keynote Restaurant Innovation Summit

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 8 September 2017
Find out what makes Richard Blais a "top chef" and successful restaurateur. Hear about his forward-thinking culinary company Trail Blais at our Restaurant Innovation Summit, Oct. 25-27 in Austin.
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Promoting military foodservice career

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 23 August 2017
Earlier this month, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation brought together military servicemen and women to celebrate their commitment to serving our country and our industry. This year’s Armed Forces Forum for Culinary Excellence was an inspiring and educational event at the Culinary Institute of America’s Greystone campus in St. Helena, California.
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Summit to serve up innovation, tomorrow's tech

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 14 August 2017
Share: Email Print News RSS Summit to serve up innovation, tomorrow’s tech August 14, 2017 If you are a technology-minded restaurant operator, come to our 2017 Restaurant Innovation Summit, Oct. 25 to 27, in Austin, Texas. You’ll learn about the latest innovations from experts who are changing the way our industry does business. This year’s Summit is going to bring operators together with futurists and innovators who’ll share their strategies on how to work with tech, not against it. Here are a couple of Summit sessions that will whet your appetite:
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5 reasons why apprentices are good for business

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 11 August 2017
The National Restaurant Association’s Educational Foundation officially launched its apprenticeship program earlier this year, after the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship awarded us a $1.8 million contract last fall. Developed with the DOL and the American Hotel & Lodging Association, apprentices who complete the program earn credentials from the DOL’s Office of Apprenticeship and the NRAEF. The goal is to create career pathways for restaurant, foodservice and hospitality employees. The NRAEF and AHLA expect to enroll 450 apprentices in the program by year-end. Here are five reasons apprentices can help your business:
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3 ways to reduce your food waste

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 10 August 2017
Food waste has long been a problem for back-of-the-house operations. But things are starting to change. Many restaurants are trying to reduce how much food they waste during prep, cook time and service.
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White House celebrates small businesses

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 3 August 2017
Cicely Simpson, our executive vice president of policy and government affairs, attended a White House event Aug. 1 celebrating the Small Business Administration’s 65th anniversary. Simpson and several local restaurateurs went to the reception, which highlighted how small businesses, like restaurants, provide jobs and opportunities for Americans.

State of the industry: We are living in a millennial world

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 25 July 2017
With new millennial customers on their minds, restaurateurs are resetting the table for how they do business. Operators are looking at everything – from how they use technology to what they serve on the menu to how they can make dining out more of an experience for their guests. It’s all about capturing market share and enticing the next generation of guests to come back, our new State of the Industry report finds.
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State of the Industry: 5 things you need to know

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 19 July 2017
Economic growth remains positive, but modest, and people are continuing to spend on the dining-out experience. Still, operators face myriad challenges to succeed in business. Rising labor costs, increased regulation, ever-changing consumer demand and upgraded technology are just some of our industry’s daily dish. This year, our State of the Industry report analyzes those issues and more. We’re holding a special webinar for our members to discuss the report in greater depth, but here’s what you should know now:
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President and CEO Dawn Sweeney urges ACA fixes

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 12 July 2017
As Congress continues to battle over reforms to the Affordable Care Act, our President and CEO Dawn Sweeney urged U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price to use all “available regulatory flexibility and support legislative efforts” within HHS authority to provide relief to the individual and small group health insurance markets. As a follow up to the March 29 meeting with Sec. Price, Sweeney illustrated areas where improvements to existing regulations within HHS authority could provide such relief.
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Attack Norovirus before it can hurt you

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 10 July 2017
Did you know that norovirus is the leading cause of foodborne illness outbreaks in the United States? A highly contagious virus, Norovirus can attack a person’s digestive system during any season. Although it can cause food poisoning, it is not related to the stomach flu. In addition, it can spread before AND after symptoms are present. The Centers for Disease Control reports that symptoms occur within 24 hours and include severe vomiting and diarrhea, nausea, low-grade fever and chills, and headache and muscle aches. Because Norovirus is easily spread, restaurants must always be on guard to protect both customers and work staff.

How transparency can protect your reputation

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 6 July 2017
To help our industry better understand transparency issues in the seafood supply chain, we recently held a webinar on traceability and safe sourcing. “Don’t get hooked by illegal fishing practices,” focused on how seafood is fished, caught, farmed, and whether employees are treated fairly. Around 90 percent of seafood consumed in the United States is imported, making it difficult to understand how it’s caught, farmed and processed. That lack of traceability often leaves restaurants uninformed about potential illegal labor practices.
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Virtual career fair targets military

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 2 June 2017
More than 250,000 servicemen and women will separate from active duty each year for the next five years. At the same time, the restaurant and foodservice industry is expected to create more than 800,000 new jobs.
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Sustainability was center stage at NRA Show

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 1 June 2017
Sustainability was everywhere at NRA Show 2017. On the menu: entrees made of food waste, local sourcing, composting and food donation. Here’s a sampling.
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House won't repeal debit swipe fee protections

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 31 May 2017
The National Restaurant Association is applauding the House Financial Services Committee for revising the Financial CHOICE Act to remove repeal of debit swipe fee protections before the legislation moves to the House floor.

Signature '17 looks at millennials, future of purchasing

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 22 May 2017
Here’s what happened when our CEO Dawn Sweeney met up yesterday with the leader of Amazon Business and a preeminent expert on millennials at NRA Show 2017: a long-ranging discussion on purchasing behavior – from the restaurant operator’s perspective and their next generation of customers. It’s all about customer innovation and championing opportunities, Sweeney said.

What's new and cool on the NRA Show floor

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 21 May 2017
From drone-ready delivery to front-of-the-house facial recognition, NRA Show 2017 has the latest innovations in restaurant technology and trends. You might have seen similar humanoid-style robots at airports or casinos, where they provide guest assistance. Soon, they could be coming to restaurant near you. Integrated Control Corp. offers a rolling model that greets people, shows video, takes orders and responds to customers. Trying to manage long lines of guests or anticipate orders? Facial recognition technology can help with that.

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