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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.

May 9, 2019

Texas Restaurant Association taps Williams Knight as new CEO

Knight will assume all CEO responsibilities this July, immediately following TRA Marketplace, the association’s largest annual event.

May 9, 2019

Restaurants are filling all rungs on the career ladder

Nearly half of restaurant job openings in 2018 were filled by either first-time workers or promotions.

May 9, 2019

Restaurant industry is posting strong middle-class job growth

The restaurant industry continues to add middle-class jobs at a much stronger rate than the overall economy.

May 9, 2019

Hospitality industry turnover rate ticked higher in 2018

The turnover rate in the restaurants-and-accommodations sector rose to a post-recession high of 74.9 percent in 2018.

May 9, 2019

In the classroom with a ProStart instructor

Chef Robert Levinsohn weighs in on ProStart and what motivates today’s incoming workforce.

May 8, 2019

5 top takeaways from our nutrition conference

Great ideas include cool Excel “hacks,” special-diet menus and a mock run-through to test menu-labeling readiness.

May 8, 2019

ProStart Invitational kicks off in D.C.

More than 400 students will show off their skills, talents and passion as they compete for $200,000 in scholarships and prizes during the event.