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September 5, 2012
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On the Front Burner 
  • Restaurants get tough on on-the-job drinking
    Restaurants around the country have been evaluating their policies for allowing employees to drink on the job or after hours, in light of a fatal crash and a $1.1 million settlement involving an assistant manager and sommelier at Charleston's Husk restaurant. USA TODAY (9/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Restaurant News 
  • Diet groups back NYC's proposed big soda ban
    Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig and other diet businesses have come out in favor of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposal to ban sales of sugary soft drinks bigger than 16 ounces in restaurants, theaters and arenas. The city's Board of Health is set to vote on the hotly contested proposal next week. The Huffington Post (9/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Leading Voices 
  • Quickservice eateries go to college
    Quickservice chains covet spots on or near college campuses, where a relatively captive audience provides a built-in base of regular customers. “The selling point is that you’re going to a place where a lot of people are gathered, and it’s younger folks who you really do want to recruit to become life-long guests,” said Dunkin’ Donuts vice president of development Grant Benson. QSR Magazine (9/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Restaurants explore variable pricing models
    A restaurant's costs for food, staff and overhead are largely fixed, whether the eatery hosts one party or fills the dining room. Now, a growing number of establishments are varying their pricing depending on the day and time, using services such as Savored and Gilt City to offer deals on off-peak meals and raising prices on the busiest nights of the week, similar to the model used by hotels and airlines. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Study: Yelp reviews result in higher sales
    A half-star improvement in a restaurant's Yelp rating can boost peak-time business by 19%, according to a new study by University of California economists. The researchers compared reviews and reservations at 328 San Francisco restaurants. “Our estimates imply that restaurants face strong incentives to manipulate their Yelp ratings by leaving fake positive reviews," the study says. Mashable (9/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Culinary Spotlight 
  • India to get 1st all-vegetarian McDonald's
    McDonald's plans to open the first all-vegetarian versions of its restaurants near two popular religious pilgrimage sites in India next year, as part of a push to expand in the country where it currently operates only 271 units. The burger chain has already tweaked the menu at its eateries in India, offering vegetarian options and creating separate kitchens for cooking meat and non-meat dishes. The Wall Street Journal (9/4), The Telegraph (London) (9/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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