The National Labor Relations Board on Thursday paved the way for franchisors to be held responsible for the employment practices of franchisees, ruling that a party doesn't have to actively supervise a staff to be regarded as a "joint employer.”
After McDonald’s turned down Burger King’s “McWhopper” proposal, the fast-casual chain said it would be happy to take McDonald’s place.

In spite of prices around 10 percent higher than Starbucks, Peet’s Coffee & Tea saw the highest growth of any major coffee brand last quarter, according to Reuters, in large part due to its touting of high-quality blends.
Closures of the standalone bakery-cafes are set to begin Friday, amid rumors that some shuttered locations will reopen under La Boulange founder Pascal Rigo.
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Teaching classes in restaurants is a popular way to reach new customers, bring in more revenue, reward frequent guests or showcase an event space.

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The former independent consultant succeeds Karen Eadon, who was promoted to president and COO of the breakfast-and-burger chain.
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The fast-casual chain added four new vice presidents to its roster.

At a time when McDonald’s can’t seem to buy sympathetic publicity, an opportunity has been served up by archrival Burger King.
Though the retailer made its first foray into food ordering last year, it’s taking a different tack using its expanding Prime Now platform.
When Senior Editor Pat Cobe read colleague Sara Rush’s blog, “6 Musings on a Millennial’s Mind,” it triggered some musings in her baby boomer head.
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When True Food Kitchen's Mat Snapp reworked a classic daiquiri to add to the cocktail list, it was important to conform to the better-for-you theme. ...
U.S. consumer confidence hit a seven-month high prior to Monday’s stock drop, underscoring recent spending growth seen in the restaurant industry.