03-25-2015 Business Trends
Published in Restaurant Business Daily
A call to action was sounded from the main stage at the Restaurant Leadership Conference to protect restaurant franchising from a regulatory reinterpretation widely seen by the industry as a potentially lethal threat to that mode of development.
It was a prerogative the industry did not demand and stands to suffer from, since convention groups are already threatening to cancel their bookings. In essence, the measure gives businesses the right to deny services to anyone they believe to be an affront to their religious beliefs.