This week’s 5 head-spinning moments: New realities for restaurant employers

New rules for employee handbooks, a 21 percent price hike to cover higher wages and an employee-employer-guest discussion group are just some of the past week’s labor-related developments.

One Boomer’s explanation of polished casual’s rising appeal

Fast casual pulled away QSR customers looking for a more upscale experience. One picky consumer is finding the same dynamic leads her to the casual dining chains that don’t feel like one.

With the Super Bowl right around the corner, it pays off to have a blockbuster A/V system. See how a high-tech remodel has helped Hooters become a destination for sports lovers.

The customer isn't always right. Sometimes the consumer isn’t even sane, as events of the past week attest.

Now that every other venue offers big screen TVs and half-price beers, it’s crucial to start building a loyal customer base early through strategic promotions. And there’s still time to snag sports fans, as football fever really heats up with preseason August games.

The Tilted Kilt brings its motto “A cold beer never looked so good” to life with Hooters-esque servers in short plaid kilts, matching halters and midriff-baring blouses.

Leather recliners, HD TV and plenty of beer. Sound like the ultimate man-cave? Add handcrafted American food, trend-forward design and a bevy of smiling waitresses and you’ve got the ultimate neighborhood watering hole, a.k.a. Brick House Tavern + Tap.

“Breastaurant” Twin Peaks is a casual-dining concept that offers a varied menu complemented by cold beers.

A loud note of disharmony could be heard within the restaurant industry this week, particularly among its Italian combatants.

Reports and speculation about possible restaurant deals merits a look at where M&A lawyers might be making their money next week.

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