The hike, coming as coffee prices are on the decline, is attributed by the chain to increasing costs across the board.
The public may have indulged in some downtime before the fireworks, but surprising revelations ensured the restaurant industry would continue last week to be a prime source of business for chiropractors. Here are four developments that likely spun operators’ heads as much as any firecracker did.

Per Se, one of the nation’s most successful fine-dining restaurants, has agreed to pay current and former catering servers $500,000 to settle charges by the New York attorney general that it violated wage and hour laws four years ago.
A group of Republicans intend to deny the funds needed to implement such policies as regarding restaurant franchisors as “joint employers” of franchisees’ staffs.
Roland Dickey, Jr. earned the award in the family business category, putting him in contention with another restaurateur for the national honor.

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For many operators, certain charities are a natural pick because they hit on a personal note. For those less sure, consider these factors.
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Nearly half of consumers (46%) look for low prices from foodservice because they can eat out more often if each meal is low in cost.
One person has died and 248 people have been sickened by bacteria traced to a barbecue restaurant in Lexington, N.C. Six lawsuits have been filed.

About half of the polished-casual chain will be converted to the new concept.
The restaurants will feature a pared-down version of the hit full-service BBQ place that Justin Timberlake opened in New York City.
To keep your concept a few steps ahead of the competition, here is a look at what’s next—those products that take a deeper dive into emerging trends.
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Is it possible for a restaurant to be successful if it only serves lunch? Advice Guy weighs in.

The casual-dining chain debuted a social media-based “buy a burger, give a burger” promotion.