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Luckiest Men In The World - 07/18/2012

I was in Miami at the Doral Country Club during a monsoon attending the annual meeting of the Association of Healthcare Foodservice on June 21, when I heard Mitch Schechter had died. Our (and Mitch’s) dear friend, Donna Boss, was... »

Darden Restaurants To Acquire Yard House For $585 Million - 07/13/2012

Darden Restaurants announced July 12 that it has agreed to acquire Yard House USA for $585 million in an all-cash transaction from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners, management and investors. The 39-unit contemporary... »

ICC Says No To Hood Proposal, Comment Period Open Until Aug. 1 - 07/11/2012

A hood proposal to the International Code Council described as a well-intended but unnecessary expense has been “disapproved” but remains alive pending public comment. Proposal M105-12, section 507.2.1 calls for specific hoods... »

Oregon Ops Delay Rule Requiring Cooks Wear Gloves - 07/11/2012

Oregon operators have delayed by several months a new state rule that would require cooks to wear gloves or otherwise avoid touching food with their bare hands. In late June, Oregon’s Health Authority backed off implementing a... »

Restaurant Industry Continues To Expand Despite Concerns - 07/11/2012

In spite of a rash of economic challenges in the past few months, the restaurant industry continued to expand in May, according to the latest data from the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index. While... »

Nathan's Famous To Plant Flag In Turkey - 07/11/2012

There’s more going on at Nathan’s Famous than the Fourth of July hot-dog-eating championship. The chain opened 67 new franchised units during the fiscal year ending in March, including stores in Canada, China, the Dominican... »

NRA Unveils New Branding Initiative And Logo - 07/11/2012

In another step toward its multiyear plan to strengthen its messaging and connection, the National Restaurant Association has given its logo a makeover. The association’s new visual identity applies to all of its programs,... »

Brazil To See 30 Johnny Rockets Units - 07/11/2012

The burger chain, which prides itself on being an all-American concept, continues to put down roots in Latin America. Brazil’s more than 200 million people will get a taste of Johnny Rockets, which has inked a franchise agreement... »

Personnel Moves: - 07/11/2012

Feras Affani has joined AllPoints Foodservice Parts & Supplies in the newly created position of western regional business development manager. In his new post at the MRO parts and supplies distributor, Affani will focus on... »

NACUFS Renames Lifetime Award To Honor Longtime Member - 07/11/2012

The National Association of College and University Food Services has renamed its Distinguished Lifetime Member Award to honor longtime member and volunteer David Prentkowski, director of foodservice at the University of Notre... »

Industry Reels From Supreme Court Ruling On Healthcare - 07/11/2012

The foodservice industry is bemoaning the Supreme Court's June 28 ruling upholding the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Financial implications are of topmost concern. Industry leaders fear that employee requirements on the healthcare... »

BLS Reports Another Month Of Weak Jobs Growth - 07/11/2012

Nonfarm payrolls in the U.S. continued to grow in June, with a net 80,000 new jobs added, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But the number fell short of modest expectations of a 90,000 increase. For the third month in... »

Restaurant Jobs Growth Double Overall Growth - 07/11/2012

Restaurant industry jobs grew twice as fast as general employment in the 12 months ending June, according to an analysis by the National Restaurant Association released July 6.  Eating and drinking place employment grew by... »

Wealthier Households Lead Decline In Consumer Confidence - 07/11/2012

Last issue, we wrote about concerns from Technomic Inc. Consulting Economist Arjun Chakravarti that declines in equities and other asset-based wealth could lead to cutbacks in spending by more well-off Americans and have a... »

New Ownership Official For P.F. Chang's - 07/11/2012

Investment firm Centerbridge Partners and its Wok Parent acquisition arm has successfully completed its tender offer for the outstanding shares of P.F. Chang's. The company now owns more than 83% of the Scottsdale, Ariz., chain,... »

BK Plans 1,000 Stores In China Within Seven Years - 06/27/2012

Burger King is setting its sights, and its crown, on China. On June 15, the burger chain announced that it will open 1,000 restaurants in the world’s most populous country during the next five to seven years. There are currently... »

NRA, CRFA Partner Up, Launch Conserve Initiative In Canada - 06/27/2012

Top restaurant business associations in the U.S. and Canada are partnering up. The National Restaurant Association and the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association have signed an agreement to launch a Canadian version of... »

In Memoriam: Mitch Schechter - 06/27/2012

Mitchell Schechter, president, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Schechter Report and Newz-Zoom newsletter, died of heart failure on June 20. He was 60 years old. Schechter spent the past 29 years covering the foodservice... »

Domino’s Hits 5,000 Overseas - 06/27/2012

Twenty-seven years after opening its first international store, Domino's Pizza has opened its 5,000th store outside of the U.S. Technically, the Ann Arbor, Mich., chain held grand-opening celebrations at three new stores and... »

Winston Adds Top National Account Execs - 06/27/2012

Winston Industries is strengthening its sales force. The Louisville, Ky., company has appointed Bill Wright and Justin Fox as national account executives for the West and East Coasts, respectively. Both men will oversee sales and... »

Pizza Chains Argue Practicality Of Federal Menu Labeling Regulations - 06/27/2012

There might be more than 30 million ways to make a pizza, but the joys of customization are colliding with the realities of regulation. Last week, the nation’s largest pizza chains went to Capitol Hill to push for changes to a... »

New AHF Board Takes Seats - 06/27/2012

New board members and nominating committee members elected in March will take their seats in August on the Association for Healthcare Foodservice’s board. New board members beginning their two-year terms are: President-Elect:... »

Honors For Two At Nor-Lake - 06/27/2012

Two personal notes on Nor-Lake Inc. personnel. The Hudson, Wis., manufacturer has honored Barb Belongia, v.p.-foodservice sales and marketing, with its President’s Award for Excellence. The award recognizes Belongia’s leadership... »

Chains Rejoice: Utah Adds 90 Liquor Licenses - 06/27/2012

Just weeks after FER Fortnightly reported on the expansion problems chains are experiencing with Utah’s restricted number of liquor licenses, the business-minded state has jumped off the wagon to address the problem. Last week,... »

Chicago Reforms Restaurant Inspection Laws - 06/27/2012

The failure rate for Chicago restaurants—both in inspections and in business success—should be shrinking, thanks to long-awaited reforms in city inspection laws. Not only do a third of all new restaurants close within their... »

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