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July 11, 2019

Economic outlook for 2nd half of 2019 remains positive

Consumers are expected to remain in a relatively good financial position, which is positive for restaurants.  

July 10, 2019

Association launches Fast Casual Insider podcast

The series focuses on the advice and experiences of industry experts, and issues, including technology's impact on restaurants.

July 2, 2019

Consumers add delivery and catering to July 4 dining mix

The holiday could give restaurant customers yet another reason to “dine out at home” when they celebrate with friends and loved ones.

June 19, 2019

Gas prices expected to remain elevated this summer

Rising gas prices haven’t crowded out restaurant spending thus far in 2019. 

June 18, 2019

ServSuccess: Making it easier to access opportunity and growth

New training and certification program helps operators develop workforce for the long-term.

June 17, 2019

Fired up: Women talk about success in the industry

Discussion serves a blend of information, personal stories, and expert advice.

June 13, 2019

What restaurants should know about hepatitis A

With several states reporting cases of the virus, here is some information on it and tips to help reduce potential outbreaks.

June 5, 2019

Restaurant Performance Index falls sharply in April

The decline is the result of the current operating environment and operators' weakening future expectations.

June 5, 2019

Restaurant industry added nearly 14k locations in 2018

The restaurant industry added more than 10,000 locations for the third consecutive year. 

May 30, 2019

Great marketing ideas from MEG

When top restaurant marketing professionals get together, they swap success stories.

May 28, 2019

Do this: Delivery tips from a panel of pros

Restaurateurs and researchers deliver great advice on third-party delivery at the Marketing Executives Group conference.

May 22, 2019

Restaurants projected to add 515k seasonal jobs this summer

Although restaurants will add more than a half-million jobs for the seventh consecutive summer, hiring will be somewhat curtailed in 2019.

May 22, 2019

Teens come back to the restaurant workforce – for now

Teen restaurant employment is at its highest level since 2007, but long-term projections suggest a downward trend. 

May 22, 2019

Restaurants are tapping into a seasoned labor pool

Older adults were the fastest-growing cohort of restaurant employees in recent years.

May 21, 2019

CEOs discuss future of dining during Signature ’19 panel

The Association’s President and CEO, Dawn Sweeney, led a panel on the future of dining that explored how chain leaders think the industry will respond.

May 21, 2019

4 new food trends at the National Restaurant Show

Exhibitors offered industry professionals an up-close look at some items that could help drive sales at their restaurants this year and in the future.

May 20, 2019

Association debuts career development program

The program's goal is to prepare the industry’s workforce for professional advancement and career opportunities.

May 16, 2019

Van Eure wins Industry Legend Award at IFMA gala

Eure, owner-operator of Angus Barn in Raleigh, N.C., and an Association board member, received the award for her lifetime of achievement.

May 16, 2019

2019 Restaurant Show opens in Chicago

The Show this year is extra-special because it is where the Association is celebrating its Centennial anniversary and 100th edition of the convention.

May 15, 2019

Association taps Kennedy as its new public affairs EVP

Kennedy will lead the Association’s public affairs team, its advocacy initiatives and lobbying efforts.

May 15, 2019

Consumers are uncertain about personal finances and the economy

Millennials are particularly downbeat about their personal economies.  

May 15, 2019

Consumer pent-up demand for restaurants remains elevated

Four in 10 adults say they are not eating at restaurants as often as they would like.

May 13, 2019

Restaurateurs tell White House of health plan success

After years of looking for affordable insurance coverage for employees, smaller operators say it is starting to get a little easier.

May 13, 2019

Texas takes top honors at 2019 ProStart Invitational

The two first-place teams were best among 400 contestants competing at this year’s ProStart Invitational in Washington, D.C.

May 10, 2019

Jerome Grant: Local chef serves success tips to ProStart kids

The executive chef of Sweet Home Café told NPSI competitors to be open to learning and embrace different cultures and their impact on food.