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April 23, 2012
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On the Front Burner 
  • McDonald's locations in Dallas get a jump on posting nutrition info
    Three McDonald's restaurants in Dallas have interactive touch screens displaying nutrition data for standard menu items. Owner Jonathan Chan says he has not seen a huge change in customer ordering habits, and "if they want a certain item, they’re going to get it." The government still is deciding rules for implementing 2010 Affordable Health Care Act regulations that restaurant chains with more than 20 outlets post nutrition information, but Chan said he wanted to take the lead and be transparent. The Dallas Morning News (subscription required) (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Restaurant News 
  • S. Florida restaurants struggle to keep jobs filled
    Miami-Dade restaurants recently reported their 28th consecutive month of job growth. The South Florida hot streak comes with the ongoing challenge of finding qualified workers to fill the jobs, restaurateurs say. "The good restaurants in Miami are always looking for people. Always -- even during the recession," said Juvia executive chef Sunny Oh. The Miami Herald (free registration) (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Northeast D.C. experiencing restaurant revival
    The Ward 5 area of D.C. is home to a mixed bag of delis, liquor stores and fast food joints, but restaurant owners are hoping that by settling into the community it will experience a much-needed facelift and draw customers from all areas of the city. "No one knew how the neighborhood would embrace the changes," says Diton Pashaj, who opened Rustik Tavern in Ward 5 in 2010. "But it’s been a phenomenal experience watching the transformation." The Washington Post (4/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Leading Voices 
  • Tips to boost loyalty through customization
    Customizing your offerings and personalizing offers with input from your guests can go a long way toward engendering long-term loyalty, writes Skinit CTO Darryl Kuhn. Crowdsourcing, mass customization, personalization and inviting customers to become co-creators are some relatively easy ways to customize, he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Food & Beverage (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Has Ronald McDonald become a mascot in the obesity wars?
    Ronald McDonald was a kid-friendly symbol in an innocent time when Willard Scott first donned the makeup and giant shoes in 1963. Today, the clown has increasingly become a negative symbol to anti-obesity activists, some of whom say he's as dangerous as Joe Camel. McDonald's marketing chief Neil Golden said the comparison is unfair. "Ronald McDonald represents the joy and fun of the McDonald's brand and brings happiness to people of all ages," he said. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Street Smarts 
  • Don’t botch your opening
    You found a great location for your next unit. Now don't screw it up. There are some major pitfalls on the way to a perfect opening. Restaurant Business runs through the biggest, with advice from experts on doing things right. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Culinary Spotlight 
  • The latest in pizza and beer trends
    Pizza sales are up as consumers find new twists on the Friday night favorite, including artisan pizzas from Domino's and new recipes with a fast-casual approach from Sbarro. Pizza fans also have more options when it comes to a beer pairing, from higher-alcohol brews to beers that taste like iced tea, lemonade or cider. (4/20)
Hot Topics 

Top five news stories selected by Restaurant SmartBrief readers in the past week.

Report: Top 10 states ripe for restaurant growth (Restaurant Management online)
5 ways to create a kid-friendly restaurant (
What's your recipe for restaurant design? (SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Food & Beverage)
Costco, Ikea capture more dining dollars (CNBC)
Training your workers in 5 minutes a day (SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Food & Beverage)
Results based on number of times each story was clicked by readers.
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Director, Public RelationsPizza HutDallas/Fort Worth, TX
Director of Food and Beverage Dolce Hotels & ResortsPotomac, MD
Executive Sous Chef - LifeWorksAramarkArlington, VA
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Food for Thought 
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--Michael Korda,
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