The trump impact—where are we now?

A year after the public put a businessman in the White House for the first time, restaurateurs are still judging the effects.


Post-election spending impact

Regardless of how wildly Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump celebrates victory on Nov. 8, restaurateurs are the ones likely to suffer a hangover.

Here’s what’s at stake for the industry, how the parties are leaning on key issues, and which ballot initiatives are worth noting.

High emotions are triggering confrontations between Donald Trump's fans and detractors. Unfortunately for the industry, sometimes the combatants' battlefield of choice is the restaurant dining room.

A social media movement is trying to get "Trump" written upon request on customers' cups. If a staff member refuses, they're shamed in posted videos.

In a letter sent to all employees, the chain promised to hire 10,000 refugees who might be affected by the president's executive order on immigration changes.

Immigrant workers are being encouraged to skip work Thursday in a protest against President Trump's changes in U.S. immigration policy, and consumers of foreign origin are being asked not to spend money. Many restaurants have already said they'll close for the day in a show of solidarity--and perplexity at how to keep operating.

Crime doesn't pay, as some restaurateurs learned this week. But, sometimes, neither does doing what seems the right thing for your staff.

Restaurants could be losing one of the industry's key federal protections, and that's not the only extreme possibility that emerged for the business.

A union is suing the president for keeping his connection to the industry, saying the benefits are unconstitutional.

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