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April 19, 2021

Innovating during the pandemic: Perfecting the pizza play

COVID-19 impacts two Chicago pizzerias’ approaches to menu and operation generating changes good enough to keep.

April 16, 2021

49 states and DC added restaurant jobs in March

Despite the broad-based gains, restaurant employment remains below pre-pandemic levels in every state.

April 15, 2021

Restaurant sales rose sharply in March

Warmer weather and additional stimulus payments bolstered consumer spending in restaurants.

April 15, 2021

Brands talk pandemic’s impact on foodservice packaging

Execs from Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Taco Bell, and KFC discuss supply challenges, and the return of sustainability practices.

April 8, 2021

Innovating during the pandemic: Cracker Barrel, tradition transformed

Homestyle cooking and comfort food thrives off-premises, while updated technology makes ordering seamless.

April 8, 2021

Truly hospitable restaurants follow these practices

Inclusive restaurants embrace diversity and know how to make their customers and crews feel welcome, an approach that pays dividends on many levels.

April 7, 2021

New ServSafe tool tracks alcohol-to-go status in your state

In some instances, alcohol-to-go means beer and wine delivery only, but could also include liquor delivery, and may or may not include cocktails.

April 7, 2021

Association, SmartBrief announce innovation awards recipients

Check out these new products in the areas of sustainability, technology, and safety and health.

April 2, 2021

Innovating during a pandemic: Shari’s taps today’s trends

Shari’s boosted sales through outdoor dining, emphasis on comfort, plus a virtual burger brand and pie-of-the-month program.

April 2, 2021

Restaurant employment rose for the third consecutive month

Despite the recent gains, eating and drinking places are still 1.8 million jobs below their pre-pandemic employment level.

April 1, 2021

RRF grant applications won’t require a DUNS number

The National Restaurant Association asked the SBA to streamline the process to prevent administrative complexity.

March 31, 2021

Join us for the 35th annual Public Affairs Conference

This year’s theme focuses on uniting our industry’s voices, especially in the throes of the pandemic.

March 29, 2021

Women restaurant executives impact profitability, efficiency, culture

Women, increasingly taking on ownership and leadership of restaurant businesses, are finding the “suite” spots where their skills shine.

March 26, 2021

My best idea: Operators share their pandemic innovations

Operators found clever ways to survive last year, and their actions confirm 2021 State of the Restaurant Industry trend data.

March 26, 2021

Restaurant jobs remain below pre-pandemic levels in every state and DC

While 43 states and DC saw gains in February, restaurant employment remains below pre-pandemic levels across the nation.

March 26, 2021

2021 Economic Outlook: Bolstered by additional fiscal stimulus

Even though the economy is projected to grow at a rate not seen in nearly four decades, it is not yet time to sound the all-clear.

March 23, 2021

How tech helps restaurants prep for the future

As customers dine in restaurants again, tech solutions will influence their sense of safety, enhance convenience.

March 22, 2021

Foundation, MOD Pizza team up to create opportunity, future jobs

Fast-casual brand joins Educational Foundation initiative to help young men and women find careers and change their lives.

March 19, 2021

A look back at consumers’ restaurant usage during the past year

More people are using restaurants for off-premises foodservice options, but on-premises patronage is still well below pre-pandemic levels.

March 18, 2021

Women owners dish on business savvy, savings, and service

Franchisees for Domino’s, Chick-fil-A, and McDonald’s share their stories and advice for other female business owners.

March 17, 2021

In a crunch for Easter brunch ideas?

Check out what restaurants around the country are planning to attract Easter diners choosing to dine on- and off-premises this year.

March 17, 2021

Consumers want to keep ‘streeteries’ in place beyond the pandemic

The vast majority of consumers favor allowing restaurants to expand outdoor seating on a permanent basis.

March 16, 2021

Restaurant sales pulled back from a healthy January

The shortfall in restaurant and foodservice sales totaled $270 billion during the first 12 months of the pandemic.

March 15, 2021

Forty states and DC lost restaurant jobs in January

Restaurant employment remains below pre-pandemic levels in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

March 12, 2021

Women’s History Month

The National Restaurant Association celebrates women’s contributions to our industry.