Restaurants are already bracing for a wave of wage-related ballot measures in November

Working Lunch: The trend promises to cost employers plenty of money and sweat if they hope to prevail.


D.C. gives its troubled restaurants a sweet and sour aid package

The Restaurant Revitalization Act aims to bring down liability insurance rates, but it stops short of ripping off a Band-Aid.

The suit would seek damages from Darden Restaurants for distracting One Fair Wage from its lobbying mission.

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.

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?

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