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What's on restaurants' fight card this week

Working Lunch: Restaurateurs could be stoking controversy with their stances on everything from guns to tipping.

Congress and the NHL playoffs aren’t the only places where gloves are coming off for a spirited go-round. With the controversies and disagreements arising in the restaurant business, it’s surprising no one’s sewn up the television rights yet.

As this week’s edition of the Working Lunch podcast attests, recent days have given rise to a number of potential conflicts. How, for instance, are customers likely to respond to the charges some restaurants are adding to checks as a cushion against inflation? Is that a better tactic than merely raising prices?

And what’s the likely fallout of the tipping model being criticized by another celebrity chef? Will that skew a conversation that’s left little middle ground to date?

One of the industry’s biggest names has even taken a stance on the third rail of American politics, gun policies.

What’s it all going to mean for an operator trying to staff up and stay solvent? Working Lunch co-hosts and Align Public Strategies principals Joe Kefauver and Franklin Coley explore the possibilities in their distinctive style.

They also provide an early look at government issues that are just emerging on the national and local fronts.

Listen today and every Monday.

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