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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.

May 13, 2021

Tips on Tipping

As a new administration hits its first 100 days, what changes can we expect to federal tipping regulations?

May 12, 2021

Innovating during the pandemic: Laser-focused launch of a virtual brand

Bloomin’ Brands, Tampa Bay, Fla., launches a delivery-only virtual brand called Tender Shack and grows it to 750 outlets.

May 11, 2021

Get the latest edition of our COVID-19 Operating Guidance

Leading guidance is updated whenever new information emerges to support safe dining practices.

May 11, 2021

What a difference a year makes: Trends born of the pandemic might endure

Operators talk about changes they made, and how they’ll affect business forever.

May 7, 2021

Restaurants added 187k jobs in April

More than 8 in 10 restaurant operators say their staffing levels are lower than what they would normally be in the absence of COVID-19.

May 5, 2021

Darden leaders Otis and Lee talk state of industry employment

The casual dining chain’s former and current CEOs share thoughts on how restaurants can attract more talent.

May 5, 2021

Train restaurant employees to be allergy aware

May is National Allergy Awareness Month. Add sesame to your list when training staff to handle guests with food allergies.

May 4, 2021

POS partners help generate required reports for RRF grant applications

Good news for restaurant owners hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic: Relief funds just for small hospitality businesses.

May 2, 2021

ERTC for small business expanded to include all of 2021

The American Rescue Plan Act extends the Employee Retention Tax Credit to Dec. 31.

April 30, 2021

Rachael Ray Foundation grants boost ProStart culinary programs

Culinary icon’s charitable arm donates $135K to 27 schools across the country.

April 29, 2021

The restaurant industry needs legal immigrants

Policy expert Shannon Meade explains the Association’s immigration reform policies, and it’s importance to the workforce.

April 28, 2021

How to apply for a Restaurant Revitalization Fund grant

Our new step-by-step resource guides you through the application process.

April 27, 2021

Keep those safety measures going as you reopen

Patrick Guzzle, VP of Food Science and Industry, talks about vaccines, safety protocols, and the importance of handwashing.

April 22, 2021

On Earth Day, a look at local sourcing during the pandemic

Industry experts look at sustainability and sourcing more than a year since COVID-19’s onset.

April 21, 2021

A motherlode of Mother’s Day dining ideas

With necessity the mother of invention, eateries find creative ways to celebrate May 9.

April 20, 2021

Association looks ahead to industry’s recovery

Public Affairs conference focuses on how bipartisanship in the House and Senate could help business.

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.