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December 3, 2020

Advocacy & policy chief previews 2021 restaurant industry roadmap

Association’s Sean Kennedy shares his views on what the first year of the new administration could look like for the restaurant industry.

December 1, 2020

It’s Giving Tuesday, and restaurants are set to give and receive

Despite being in need themselves, restaurants continue to find ways to give.

November 23, 2020

Treasury rejects PPP tax deductions unless Congress acts

IRS releases guidance on deductibility of business expenses paid for with PPP loans, and it isn’t good for restaurants.

November 23, 2020

Innovating During a Pandemic: Taco Bell Doubles Down on Core Commitments

QSR chain shares how it rolled out enhanced safety for team members on the front line and increased its customer connection.

November 20, 2020

Restaurant jobs remain below pre-pandemic levels in 46 states and DC

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

November 19, 2020

Buffalo Wild Wings franchisee aims to grow Black-owned businesses

Los Angeles-based Karim Webb explains why social equity and ownership opportunities help underserved communities and our industry thrive.

November 18, 2020

How to boost morale while lowering stress this holiday season

The first step in helping your team handle stress this holiday? Actively listening so they know they’re heard.

November 17, 2020

Restaurant sales recovery stalled in October

Restaurant sales declined for the first time since the spring lockdowns, with total pandemic losses reaching $215 billion through October.

November 16, 2020

Lending program threshold lowered to help small business

The Federal Reserve Bank lowered the minimum loan amount in its Main Street Lending Program to $100,000.

November 11, 2020

We salute Veteran’s Day and work to give back to those who serve

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation offers opportunities to military men and women readying for civilian careers.

November 9, 2020

Apprenticeship is a great way for employees to advance

November 9-13, we're celebrating National Apprenticeship Week. Here's what our Educational Foundation is doing to enhance opportunities for the industry's next generation.

November 9, 2020

Open enrollment: Time for restaurant employees to get health care benefits

How can you get employees to sign up during COVID-19? Promote the plans and services they need the most now.

November 6, 2020

The restaurant industry employment recovery slowed in recent months

Restaurants added jobs for the sixth consecutive month in October, but industry employment remained 2.1 million below pre-coronavirus levels.

November 5, 2020

Gobble up great ideas for Thanksgiving to-go

Specialized meal kits and full restaurant-prepared dinners can spruce up sales during the holiday.

November 4, 2020

Consumers are expected to continue using takeout and delivery

Consumers increased their usage of takeout and delivery during the pandemic, and this trend will likely continue during the winter months.

November 4, 2020

Consumers signal a willingness to maintain their on-premises frequency

Winter is coming – but it may not lead to a decline in on-premises dining, according to new Association research.

October 29, 2020

Black execs talk about racial equity in America

Seven industry executives, all of whom have experienced racism, discuss the challenges they’ve faced, and the successes they’ve experienced.

October 29, 2020

Innovating in a pandemic: Cooper’s Hawk turns virtual into reality

Club members get an invite and a meal kit to virtually join the chefs’ table for dinner

October 26, 2020

What will your city be like without restaurants? Mayors weigh in

Mayors from cities around the country joined Association policy chief Sean Kennedy to talk about impact and advocacy efforts to help the restaurant industry.

October 21, 2020

Innovating during a pandemic: Chipotle connects with customers

Chain uses food, technology to fulfill precise delivery needs and tempt appetites.

October 21, 2020

Download our latest COVID-19 Operating Guidance

This brand-new edition includes updates on mask and glove use, protocols for coronavirus-positive employees, and ventilation best practices.

October 20, 2020

Thirty-two states lost restaurant jobs in September

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

October 16, 2020

How will the election affect your business?

The Restaurant Law Center looked into a crystal ball to see how election results might impact the restaurant industry.

October 16, 2020

Restaurant sales growth slowed significantly in September

The total shortfall in restaurant and foodservice sales topped $200 billion during the first seven months of the pandemic.

October 14, 2020

Association CEO addresses industry recovery in 2021

Tom Bené outlines the plans and programs on tap to assist restaurants devastated by COVID-19.