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July 8, 2021

Research chief Riehle looks at current state of the industry

As restaurants recover from the pandemic, labor shortages and commodity prices are painful, but things are looking up.

July 7, 2021

Restaurant employment recovery continued as openings hit a record high

Restaurant employment continued to rise in June, but the industry was only able to fill a fraction of the available job openings.

July 1, 2021

Get a handle on disposable gloves: Protect yourself and your guests

Key lesson: Gloves never take the place of proper handwashing.

June 30, 2021

Back to business: Pandemic influences Essie’s menu

Comfort foods are here to stay; staffing shortages require controlled customer counts for now.

June 24, 2021

49 states and DC added restaurant jobs in May 2021

Only 4 states – Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and South Dakota – have seen restaurant employment return to pre-pandemic levels.

June 24, 2021

State associations, Kitchen Cabinet get industry employees vaccinated

Events, videos, ad campaigns, free giveaways all work to get workforce on board with shots.

June 23, 2021

Cultural differences can be hard to talk about

Leaders who can get comfortable having tough conversations build more trust among employees.

June 23, 2021

Tapping the teen market

What does Generation Z want from a job?

June 18, 2021

Cut your food waste; resources show you how

Association and WWF’s 86 Food Waste delivers the small steps that lead to big reductions in how much you throw out.

June 17, 2021

Women entrepreneurs set the table for success

The founding members of Let’s Talk Womxn share their experiences and expectations for the future

June 15, 2021

Joining the MOD Squad is a leap of faith and HOPE

Career opportunities knock as fast-casual pizza company opens doors for justice-involved youth.

June 15, 2021

Restaurant sales continue to trend higher

A new survey indicates consumers have yet to get their fill of restaurants, which means the positive sales trajectory has more room to run.

June 10, 2021

Back to business: Reopening strategies at Walk-Ons

The Louisiana franchisor opened 12 units during the pandemic and used limited capacity as an employment strategy.

June 9, 2021

How cultural intelligence can lead to retention and customer comfort

Boost your bottom line by understanding multicultural nuances

June 4, 2021

Restaurants added jobs for the fifth consecutive month

Eating and drinking places are still 1.5 million jobs below pre-pandemic staffing levels.

June 3, 2021

What You Need to Know About PPP Loan Forgiveness

In key webinar takeaways, experts walk you through how to get lenders to approve your PPP loan forgiveness applications.

June 2, 2021

Taking pride in finding the right employees

TransCanWork, a nonprofit founded by a transgender restaurant executive, is helping the community succeed in business.

May 27, 2021

Restaurants focus on vaccination policy, more tech, outdoor dining

Our Association’s State Affairs VP shares his insights on a post-pandemic industry.

May 26, 2021

Association, AICPA partner on RRF budget tracking tool

This easy-to-use spreadsheet will help you track expenses to facilitate SBA’s validation process for RRF grant expenditures.

May 25, 2021

Restaurants offer a shot in the arm to vaccination programs

Incentives such as paid time off encourage employees to get vaccinated

May 21, 2021

Summer hiring likely to be challenged by a shallow labor pool

While the restaurant industry is expected to expand payrolls this summer, it will likely be a mix of both coronavirus recovery and seasonal jobs.

May 21, 2021

Restaurant jobs remain below pre-pandemic levels in 49 states and DC

The District of Columbia, Vermont, New York and Hawaii have the largest deficits from their pre-coronavirus employment levels.

May 18, 2021

Darden’s leaders talk about diversity at the management level

In part two of our discussion, Clarence Otis and Gene Lee explain how to make industry careers look accessible and appealing to diverse candidates.

May 18, 2021

Switch out old equipment for new technology, save big on operating costs

Multi-year study shows operators save thousands by using energy-efficient equipment.

May 14, 2021

Consumers ramped up their restaurant spending in April

While the impact of stimulus checks will fade in the coming months, economic fundamentals remain conducive for continued spending growth.