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Sage Restaurant Group Expands Leadership Team

Sage Restaurant Group—the Denver-based independent restaurant group dedicated to providing innovative, playful, and locally-tailored food and beverage experiences—announced several new hires and internal promotions as the company expands its corporate leadership team and continues to grow nationally.

DOL Poised to Increase Overtime Threshold to $35,000

A new proposal from the U.S. Department of Labor could be unveiled soon that would allow salaried restaurant employees making less than $35,000 annually to become eligible for overtime pay, according to Bloomberg Law.

Texas Roadhouse Continues to Defy the Restaurant Industry

Texas Roadhouse has drawn a line in the sand in regards to margin pressure. Mostly, this comes in the form of a 3.2 pricing increase set to unroll over a four-month period—the 555-unit steakhouse chain’s largest in the last 15 years.

As Sales Stabilize, Restaurants Face Staffing Challenges

The surface-level stats are promising. January’s same-store sales of 2 percent—the same as December—marked the best two months for restaurants in more than two years, according to TDn2K’s latest Restaurant Industry Snapshot.

Restaurants, and the Fight to Survive Rising Minimum Wage

Where New York and California go, the rest of the country often follows. New York City raised its minimum hourly wage to $15 an hour on January 1, matching rates in Seattle and San Francisco. California’s minimum hourly wage is now $12 an hour but is expected to spike state-wide to $15 in several years.

National Restaurant Association Picks Joe Essa as Chair

The National Restaurant Association and its Educational Foundation announced their new slates of board officers and directors.Joe Essa, president and CEO of Wolfgang Puck Worldwide Inc., will serve as Chair of the National Restaurant Association, and Geoff Hill, Managing Director of Roark Capital Group, will serve as Chair of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.

Yard House Leader Craig Carlyle Joins Stacked as COO

STACKED: Food Well Built, the innovative casual dining concept delivering experiential dining to allow guests to fully customize their meals and their overall dining experience, announced that Craig Carlyle, who served in top leadership roles at Yard House Restaurants, has joined the company as its first chief operating officer.

American Blue Ribbons Holdings Names Mark Spurgin SVP of Supply Chain

American Blue Ribbons Holdings, LLC announced the appointment of Mark Spurgin as Senior Vice President of Supply Chain for its four restaurant concepts and award-winning bakery company.“We’re excited about the addition of Mark Spurgin to our senior leadership team at American Blue Ribbon Holdings,” says ABRH Chief Executive Officer Craig Barber.