Peter Romeo

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Industry pushes back as Congress eyes a $15 minimum wage

Restaurant advocates are arguing that more than doubling the lowest pay rate would backfire into a loss of jobs.


NYC’s paid-vacation proposal stirs controversy

The call for two weeks of paid time off for virtually all hourly restaurant employees is drawing a spotlight.

One in six have seen their personnel costs spike by as much as 12%, according to new research.

The new legislation also extends the "don’t ask, don’t get" requirement of state law to quick-service places, and puts restrictions on the inclusion of straws in off-premise orders.

The 78-year-old concept’s first store has been retrofitted with a bar bearing its own identity and hours.

Sixty-four-unit operator Diversified Restaurant Holdings said the chain’s rejuvenation efforts delivered his company’s first positive comps in three years.

After a rough end to 2018, the casual chain is tweaking its strategy to lure back guests, particularly for dine-in service.

The plans aim to replace single-use containers with vessels that patrons use and return—often to a different establishment.

The casual-dining operation lost $10.6 million on a 4.5% drop in comps, most of it from a traffic decline.

Even the savviest employer may be startled by the insights that arose during a mind meld of HR specialists.

Fostering a connection with hourlies and managers can improve everything from kitchen safety to absenteeism and sales, new research shows.