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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread globally and more employers are urging their workers to stay home, the r...
03/11/2020
Starbucks begins offering emergency catastrophe pay during coronavirus pandemic

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread globally and more employers are urging their workers to stay home, the restaurant industry is in a bind because foodservice employees don’t have the luxury of working from home. On the heels of announcing paid sick leave to quarantined employees at the Seattle Starbucks that was temporarily closed after an employee was diagnosed with COVID-19, Starbucks is temporarily expanding its catastrophe pay to cover COVID-19-affected employees, as announced in a letter to employees on Wednesday. http://ow.ly/izbu50yJkTB

Temporarily expanded catastrophe pay covers employees that have been diagnosed with COVID-19, have been in contact with someone who has, and employees that have symptoms

Registration closes soon for our cocktail reception celebrating the 2020 Power List leaders. The reception will be co-lo...
03/11/2020

Registration closes soon for our cocktail reception celebrating the 2020 Power List leaders. The reception will be co-located at the Women’s Foodservice Forum in Dallas on March 30. RSVP Today: http://ow.ly/5c7950yJ0SA

For a vegan chain to grow on a continent where only around 5% of the population never eats meat, it needs to have a broa...
03/09/2020
Vegan restaurant chain Copper Branch focuses on nutrition messaging to give its plant-based menus broad appeal

For a vegan chain to grow on a continent where only around 5% of the population never eats meat, it needs to have a broader appeal than the particular dietary interests of any one group. Copper Branch, a fast-casual chain of around 65 restaurants based in the Canadian city of Montréal, is doing that by focusing on whole, tasty food that appeals to active, relatively affluent consumers. http://ow.ly/z0mK50yH8R8

Creative menu items, health-focused marketing and athlete tie-ins help raise profile of Canadian concept as it looks to growth in the U.S.

Amid widespread fears over COVID-19, delivery operators such as DoorDash and Postmates are taking extra measures to prot...
03/09/2020
Coronavirus: Delivery operators take action to safeguard consumers, drivers

Amid widespread fears over COVID-19, delivery operators such as DoorDash and Postmates are taking extra measures to protect the health and safety of the delivery ecosystem, which involves food and package handling stretching from restaurants to gig drivers to consumers. http://ow.ly/arCa50yH6Yl

Postmates launches contactless delivery option; DoorDash testing similar feature, and preparing to distribute much-needed supplies such as hand sanitizer to drivers.

Starbucks temporarily closed a Reserve store location in downtown Seattle after an employee was diagnosed with COVID-19 ...
03/09/2020
Starbucks closed a Seattle store after first case of employee diagnosed with coronavirus

Starbucks temporarily closed a Reserve store location in downtown Seattle after an employee was diagnosed with COVID-19 and was quarantined last Friday. This is the first case of coronavirus contracted by a Starbucks in-store employee. In order to further prevent the spread of coronavirus, the company immediately closed the affected store, initiated a deep-clean procedure and sent home employees that had direct contact with the infected partner. http://ow.ly/eC1A50yH5IE

Starbucks closed a roastery store in Seattle over the weekend and quarantined staff after one employee was diagnosed with COVID-19

Get the answers you need at Digital Signage Expo 2020! Gain access to industry experts who’ll show you how to successful...
03/06/2020

Get the answers you need at Digital Signage Expo 2020! Gain access to industry experts who’ll show you how to successfully plan, install & manage your #digitalsignage deployment. Learn more & register - http://ow.ly/SO7z50ycjqx #DSE2020 #ExperienceTechnology

Daniel Boulud hasn’t just had an illustrious career of his own. The chef and restaurateur has launched many others in th...
03/06/2020
Daniel Boulud discusses how to help build the careers of young chefs in restaurants

Daniel Boulud hasn’t just had an illustrious career of his own. The chef and restaurateur has launched many others in the restaurant industry into stardom as well. In fact, if you want to be named James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef of the Year, just become chef of one of Boulud’s restaurants. Listen to the restauranteur speak about mentorship in part-two of our newest podcast, In the Kitchen with Bret Thorn. http://ow.ly/QSIs50yF4Im

In part II of his interview with the illustrious restaurateur, Bret Thorn asks about mentorship

During January’s Q1 earnings call, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said that the company did not yet know the long-term busi...
03/06/2020
Starbucks announces same-store sales down 78% in China as chain provides more detail on coronavirus impact

During January’s Q1 earnings call, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said that the company did not yet know the long-term business impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the company, but now we have a clearer idea of the short-term effects in China. In a report addressed to shareholders Thursday, Starbucks said that same-store sales dropped 78% in China this February, as 10% of stores in China still remain closed. http://ow.ly/gIEX50yEIv0

In a letter to investors, Starbucks got specific about the short-term impacts of COVID-19 on international business

In this inaugural podcast of In The Kitchen, Bret Thorn mostly just sat and let the master talk for the better part of a...
03/05/2020
Dinex Group’s Chef Daniel Boulud reflects on how fun it’s been to work in American and French restaurants

In this inaugural podcast of In The Kitchen, Bret Thorn mostly just sat and let the master talk for the better part of an hour, sharing his stories of the early years of modern fine dining in Washington and New York, and his current mentorship of up-and-coming chefs, as well as discussing his latest project, slated to open later this year, or possibly early next year.

Nation’s Restaurant News’ and Restaurant Hospitality’s Bret Thorn kicks off his In the Kitchen podcast with an in-depth interview of this godfather of fine dining

Taco Bell’s menu has always come with a Mexican food-inspired twist. Fans flock to restaurants for Chalupas and Doritos ...
03/05/2020
Taco Bell to open ‘fast social’ restaurant with stadium style seating for gamers

Taco Bell’s menu has always come with a Mexican food-inspired twist. Fans flock to restaurants for Chalupas and Doritos Locos Tacos – items that can’t be found at any other quick-service brand. Yet, up until a few years ago, the brand’s restaurants have remained relatively cookie cutter, adopting standardized decor common among fast food chains. http://ow.ly/aVuv50yE8Wg

The quick-service chain is betting big on Cantina style stores to drive dine-in traffic; CEO Mark King sets new $20 billion in sales goal

Setting up a virtual restaurant just got a bit easier. Virtual Restaurant Consulting, a Los Angeles-based consultancy in...
03/05/2020
Virtual restaurant Two Hens embraces the franchise model

Setting up a virtual restaurant just got a bit easier. Virtual Restaurant Consulting, a Los Angeles-based consultancy in the cloud restaurant space, announced it would be offering a license for Two Hens, a delivery-only, all-day breakfast brand.

Virtual Restaurant Consulting said it would offer a license for the brand, a delivery-only, all-day breakfast concept

03/05/2020
03/05/2020

Tune in at 1:30pm EST on Facebook live with Senior Editor Bret Thorn announcing our brand new In the Kitchen with Bret Thorn podcast

While restaurants in the countries with the most cases of Coronavirus, like China and Italy, have taken extreme measures...
03/04/2020
Across the United States, restaurants adjust in response to Coronavirus

While restaurants in the countries with the most cases of Coronavirus, like China and Italy, have taken extreme measures like closing restaurants completely, in the U.S., the restaurant response has been more nuanced and preventative.

Starbucks, Denny’s respond to COVID-19 outbreak

Menu Tracker: New items from Pizza Hut, Red Lobster and Starbucks. Plus additions from Baskin-Robbins, Black Seed Bagels...
03/04/2020
Menu Tracker: New items from Pizza Hut, Red Lobster and Starbucks

Menu Tracker: New items from Pizza Hut, Red Lobster and Starbucks. Plus additions from Baskin-Robbins, Black Seed Bagels, Buffalo Wild Wings, California Tortilla, Cinnabon, IHOP, Hard Rock Café, Johnny Rockets, Newk’s Eatery, Taco Cabana, TooJay’s Deli, Velvet Taco and Zaxby’s. http://ow.ly/fJD450yD2d5

Plus additions from Baskin-Robbins, Black Seed Bagels, Buffalo Wild Wings, California Tortilla, Cinnabon, IHOP, Hard Rock Café, Johnny Rockets, Newk’s Eatery, Taco Cabana, TooJay’s Deli, Velvet Taco and Zaxby’s

Restaurants throughout the Nashville area were closed due to damage or power outages, or the inability to get staff in t...
03/03/2020
Fatal storms tear through Nashville, Tenn., and Middle Tennessee, destroying restaurants and leaving many without power

Restaurants throughout the Nashville area were closed due to damage or power outages, or the inability to get staff in to assess buildings because of the debris. First responders on Tuesday morning were working through buildings to find anyone potentially trapped, and the death toll was expected to rise.

At least 22 people dead and more than 40 buildings destroyed as officials assess damage

Yum Brands, the parent company of Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC, is making a big investment in the lifeblood of its resta...
03/03/2020
Yum Brands buys leadership development company, Heartstyles

Yum Brands, the parent company of Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC, is making a big investment in the lifeblood of its restaurants: franchisees and general managers. The Louisville, Ky. based company has acquired leadership development company, Heartstyles. http://ow.ly/YxFh50yBUMg

CEO David Gibbs says strengthening the company's people-first culture will drive unit economics

03/03/2020
Flynn Restaurant Group CEO Greg Flynn on the power of technology in the restaurant industry

Greg Flynn is a restaurant operator’s advocate. Like all franchisees, he fiercely guards the operational integrity and profitability of his company’s restaurants. But when you lead the nation’s largest restaurant franchise business — Flynn Restaurant Group, with sales in excess of $2 billion and more than 1,200 restaurants under some of the country’s most well-known brands — you have the muscle to help make big changes happen. http://ow.ly/IyOK50yBL0E

Greg Flynn is a restaurant operator’s advocate. Like all franchisees, he fiercely guards the operational integrity and profitability of his company’s restaur...

The restaurant industry continued this week to prepare for dealing with a growing number of coronavirus cases, with at l...
03/03/2020
Coronavirus portends impact on restaurant industry

The restaurant industry continued this week to prepare for dealing with a growing number of coronavirus cases, with at least one executive forecasting a resulting shift toward delivery. http://ow.ly/et7v50yBFwa

Possible outbreak could fuel ‘massive’ shift in attitudes toward delivery, says Zume CEO Alex Garden

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