Keeping the tip credit quickly emerges as a top restaurant concern for 2024

New efforts to kill the credit are arising in Illinois and Maryland, adding to the activity in four other states and on Capitol Hill. Meanwhile, lawmakers in Washington, D.C., are considering a measure to fix the results of losing the credit there.

Consumer Trends

Couples tend to splurge on Valentine's Day, spreading love to high-end restaurants

Check averages go up on and around Feb. 14, but while guests may open their wallets for a pricey dinner, tips take a dip.

More than half the surveyed restaurateurs and club owners say they'd consider shutting down at least one of their operations. Nearly 9 of 10 contend it'd be a disaster.

Yet QSRs and sit-down places outside of Washington stepped up their hiring.

New challenges emerged, especially downtown, while many operators looked back wistfully at bygone times, their hands held out for help on costs.

Eating places are closing at the rate of one per week because of the one-two-three combination.

Reality Check: The industry's tendency to portray every legislative or regulatory proposal as a restaurant killer is getting very old. Couldn't we be adults and focus on the real effects, like less opportunity?

Suddenly, organized labor seems to be working against its own cause, affording restaurants a puzzling but appreciated wait-and-see opportunity.

They hate the concept but relish the practice because of the control it provides, according to a new report.

Wages paid directly to servers, bartenders and other tipped restaurant employees will rise by 67% over the next five years.

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