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Workforce

Call the scrap yard. We have a labor model to be picked up.

Sweet & Sour: The restaurant business has grappled with labor challenges for about 40 years now, but never a situation as trying as the current one. It’s time to rethink the very nature of restaurant work.

Food

Streamline operations with a menu refresh

Offering top-selling, craveable options is a must to stay competitive, but with labor crunches, restaurants are looking to ingredient solutions to reduce back-of-house stress.

Chains like In-N-Out, Starbucks and Chipotle are contributing millions to a drive that would put the Fast Act on the 2024 ballot.

The pandemic undeniably led to consumers ordering restaurant delivery in record numbers. Now, as dining rooms have opened many consumers have headed back to their favorite eateries; still delivery remains a huge part of many restaurants’ business.

The Bottom Line: Sales at restaurants and bars have been outpacing that of retail for much of the year. Prices may be playing a role, but it’s not entirely clear.

The small-business survey from Alignable.com also found that 9% of operators are laying off workers because they fear the economy is worsening.

Those outside the fast-food sector worry they may have to raise wages to compete for workers.

Nearly 90% of operators told the National Restaurant Association that costs are higher than 2019 and many operators say they are unable to repay pandemic loans.

Working Lunch: Here's what's driving the demand that employers post their payrolls

The burger chain’s largest operator said it believes its labor costs and commodity prices are improving, which could help its profit margins later this year.

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