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February 3, 2021

Big tax credits to restaurants could support employee retention

Did you know a new law signed in December might mean your operation is eligible for an employee retention tax credit?

January 26, 2021

Forty-two states lost restaurant jobs in December

Vermont, Michigan and Minnesota have the largest deficits from their pre-coronavirus employment levels.

January 25, 2021

State of the Restaurant Industry report measures virus' impact on business

New research looks at how restaurants and consumers were changed by the events of 2020 and the year of transition ahead.

January 25, 2021

2021 Economic Outlook: The long road to recovery continues

While the national economy is projected to register healthy growth in 2021, the labor market isn’t expected to fully recover until 2022.

January 21, 2021

Scholarships now available from Association's Educational Foundation

The pandemic is forcing students to face big challenges, including how to pay for hospitality-related educations.

January 20, 2021

Lucky Danger: Heritage shapes menu, the times shape service

Winning menu and off-premises focus sets up transformed concept for success now and in the future.

January 19, 2021

Is now the right time to ditch your old point of sale for something new?

The coronavirus altered business for everyone. Use every tool at your disposal to succeed in the new environment.

January 15, 2021

Restaurant sales fell to their lowest level since June

Restaurant sales declined for the third consecutive month in December, with total industry sales losses reaching $240 billion in 2020.

January 14, 2021

8 things you need to know about 2nd round PPP loans

Payroll Protection Program loans are back; application process is streamlined for smaller loans and expenses covered are tax deductible.

January 13, 2021

Successful campaign puts change on the menu

Educational Foundation fundraiser collected more than $850K to help restaurant workers hurt by the pandemic restart their careers.

January 11, 2021

Looking back to move forward: Association shares top 10 trends for 2021

After the devastation of 2020, we assess the state of our industry and offer a sampling of trends shaping businesses this year.

January 8, 2021

New U.S. Dietary Guidelines offer roadmap for healthful eating

The latest edition recommends consumers reduce intake of sugar, sodium and saturated fat, and embrace customization and culture.

January 8, 2021

Nearly 400k restaurant jobs were lost in December

Eating and drinking places finished 2020 nearly 2.5 million jobs (or 20%) below their pre-coronavirus employment level.

January 6, 2021

Innovating in a pandemic: Aussie Grill builds with off-premises in mind

Bloomin’ Brands newest concept has a menu that’s set to-go from the get-go.

December 23, 2020

Tourism-related spending in restaurants fell sharply in recent months

The percent of restaurant sales coming from travelers and visitors is less than half of what it was before COVID-19.

December 22, 2020

Thirty-six states lost restaurant jobs in November

Restaurant employment in 47 states and the District of Columbia remained below February’s pre-coronavirus level.

December 22, 2020

Easy ways to improve your air quality when dining moves indoors

Improving your rooftop HVAC and kitchen exhaust helps exchange the air and is a best practice for any time of any year.

December 16, 2020

Join the campaigns to sell more restaurant gift cards

Consumers say they plan to give gift cards as holiday presents. That’s good news for restaurants still struggling during the pandemic.

December 16, 2020

Restaurant sales fell for the second consecutive month

Restaurant sales plunged 4% in November, and a majority of operators expect business conditions to worsen during the winter months.

December 15, 2020

Financial strategies for staying afloat during the pandemic

Finding good solutions to bad problems requires a strong team equipped with the right tech tools.

December 14, 2020

Finding the ghost kitchen model that’s right for your business

Nothing proves the industry’s innovation better than the rise of myriad off-premises-only dining models.

December 14, 2020

Updated COVID-19 Guidance includes indoor air-quality best practices

Document’s December update incorporates the latest recommendations from leading health and safety authorities.

December 9, 2020

Association ramps up efforts to get Congress to aid restaurants

Seeks Congressional leadership’s help to pass COVID-19 restaurant relief legislation as industry faces record closures during pandemic.

December 8, 2020

Innovating during the pandemic: Opening Kasama with passion and grit

Chef-owners open during COVID-19, adapting menu, space and service to succeed in a pandemic environment.

December 4, 2020

The restaurant industry employment recovery stalled in November

As business conditions continue to deteriorate, the likelihood of additional restaurant staffing reductions is rising.