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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.

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.