Operations

California's new method of setting fast-food wages may be messier than you think

Members of the Fast Food Council, the new body empowered to set pay, say the model may need considerable tweaking to realize its promise.
The messy business of setting fast-food wages in California. | Photo illustration by Nico Heins

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Pricing has driven restaurant sales growth for the past 2 years

The Bottom Line: Restaurant sales have grown for most of the past two years. But they haven't kept pace with menu price inflation, suggesting the industry is saturated again.

Food

Restaurants can learn some foodservice tricks from supermarkets

State of the Plate: Nancy Kruse, RB’s menu trends columnist, says grocers are stepping up their game, and restaurants need to keep up.

Financing

So you are opening a restaurant in a Walmart? Good luck with that

The Bottom Line: The retail giant is adding regional restaurant chains to its stores, giving them some key exposure. But there are some real drawbacks to pay attention to.