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August 31, 2021

86 Food Waste: Motivate and engage employees to reduce food waste

Discover strategies that empower employees to make a sustainable difference in your operations.

August 31, 2021

SBA simplifies process to get PPP loans forgiven

Working through the Direct Forgiveness Portal, forms take minutes to fill out, about a week to process.

August 28, 2021

Cash, chargers, flashlights – check out this storm-ready checklist

With storm season underway, the Association offers tips operators can use to help keep their employees, guests and businesses safe.

August 27, 2021

Use technology to streamline your hiring process

Take advantage of the tech tools that help manage and automate your hiring efforts and leverage the tax credits you’re due.

August 26, 2021

Alcohol-to-go is here to stay in many locales

Pandemic-inspired policies become permanent in 16 states and D.C.; another 14 pass temporary measures

August 25, 2021

Use science to make your case for mask, vaccine mandates

Health experts talk about COVID-19, the delta variant, and what to do about increased state and local directives.

August 24, 2021

44 states and DC added restaurant jobs in July 2021

Restaurant job growth was broad-based in recent months, but employment remained below comparable pre-pandemic levels in 44 states and DC.

August 20, 2021

Track proof of vaccine and mask mandates state by state

Goal is to ensure restaurant operators have the latest info to meet and comply with emerging pandemic-related requirements.

August 19, 2021

5 ways to woo workers

Competition for talent is fierce; here’s how to stand out from the crowd

August 18, 2021

86 Food Waste: Work with suppliers to reduce excess

Collaboration between suppliers and operators is key to reducing food waste. See how you can partner in the process.

August 17, 2021

Restaurant sales rose sharply for the fifth consecutive month

Restaurant sales continued to trend higher in July, even as consumers pulled back on spending in other areas.

August 11, 2021

Trends with traction

These pandemic-inspired business strategies are so effective that they may change the industry landscape permanently.

August 11, 2021

86 Food Waste: Get customer buy-in through messaging

Learn how food waste communication campaigns and nudging techniques can reduce food waste.

August 10, 2021

Vaccination mandates: How to handle asking for proof

Before you ask for proof of vaccination, be aware of and prepare for legal and logistical ramifications to enforce the policy.

August 6, 2021

Restaurants within 1 million jobs of pre-pandemic peak

Eating and drinking places added a net 1.3 million jobs during the first seven months of 2021.

August 5, 2021

New guidance to help you claim a tax credit you’re due

Tri-Merit founder shows restaurateurs how they can qualify for pandemic-related Employee Retention Tax Credit.

August 4, 2021

Employment Law and COVID-19

What restaurant operators should know about pandemic policies

August 3, 2021

86 Food Waste: Donate and discount to reduce waste

Find ways to keep good food from going to waste by partnering with donation programs and posting on discount meal apps.

July 28, 2021

Out of the frying pan into the fire

Restaurants are recovering from the pandemic, but rising food costs and supply shortages are causing new problems.

July 27, 2021

86 Food Waste: Engineer your menu to reduce waste

Take a look at how simple menu and service tweaks can reduce the amount of food you throw out each day.

July 26, 2021

Restaurant jobs remain below June 2019 levels in 46 states and DC

All 50 states and DC added restaurant jobs in June, but staffing levels remained dampened in nearly every state.

July 21, 2021

Virginia and others are rocking pandemic relief to restaurants

State restaurant association efforts will broaden relief at the local level, inspired in part by the National Restaurant Association’s Blueprint for State and Local Rebuilding.

July 16, 2021

Restaurant sales continued to rise in June

Consumers ramped up their restaurant spending during the first half of 2021.

July 15, 2021

5 ways hiring managers can combat the hiring crisis

Take advantage of software that can automate and track your talent acquisition process.

July 14, 2021

Wholesale food prices rose sharply in recent months

Average wholesale food prices were nearly 10% above their year-ago level in June – the strongest 12-month increase since 2011.