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December 9, 2011
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On the Front Burner 
  • Report: Children's exposure to quickservice ads is on the rise
    Some quickservice chains have boosted their marketing campaigns aimed at appealing to children in recent years, according to a study from Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity. Children ages 6 to 11 saw significantly more ads for Subway, McDonald's and Burger King in 2009 than they did in 2007, the study found. Los Angeles Times (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Restaurant News 
  • Burger King tests upscale concept in Singapore
    Burger King is testing a more sophisticated look at its new Garden Grill in Singapore, betting that soft colors and comfy sofas combined with the chain's familiar menu will bring in more families and teens. The U.S. chain has no plans to debut the concept at home but will add a few more stores in Singapore and Japan. The Business Insider (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • OpenTable's growth slows, rivalries grow
    The largest U.S. online restaurant reservation service, OpenTable, has seen its share price decline 67% since hitting an all-time high in April, driven by concerns about the economy and a rise in the number of rivals including Google, which recently purchased Zagat. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Happy Hour 
Leading Voices 
  • The local food movement finds a voice
    The local food movement has grown beyond its earlier perception as a small niche player in the food world as more players have embraced eating locally. In Pittsburgh, established eateries such as Legume Bistro and startups such as Cure, set to open in February, rely on relationships with individuals and local co-ops to supply their kitchens. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • A retro diner franchise adapts to changing times
    Bob Watson traded in his 25-year career in corporate catering for a 5 & Diner franchise in 2006, and his immediate success led Watson to buy the company two years later. In response to tighter economic times, Watson has created a smaller prototype that will let franchisees buy in at less than half the cost. Restaurant Management online (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 10 things to consider before committing to a franchise
    Deciding whether buying a franchise is the right path for you starts with understanding how the model works and evaluating your risk tolerance, writes author Joel Libava. Then, learn all the rules of the particular franchise you're considering and do a personality check to make sure you'll be able to follow them. CNBC (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Culinary Spotlight 
  • Chefs share their picks for 2012's hot food trends
    Locally sourced meats and seafood topped the National Restaurant Association's "What's Hot in 2012" survey, which asked 1,800 chefs for their predictions. Local produce came in at No. 2, and healthful kids meals, hyper-local items and sustainability as a culinary theme rounded out the top five. (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Featured Content 

Editor's Note 
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Executive ChefThe Kitchen NYCNew York, NY
Director of Food and BeverageThe Olde Farm Golf ClubBristol, VA
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Food for Thought 
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--Charles Buxton,
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