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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.

Women’s Foodservice Forum Unveils 2019 Board of Directors

The Women’s Foodservice Forum announced new executive committee leaders and incoming board members for 2019. Each noted leader represents a global brand collaborating under the expanded, bold WFF mission to equip the food industry with data-driven strategies to eliminate barriers to women’s advancement and Lead The Way to gender equity.

Red Robin Lands CFO from Fiesta Restaurant Group

Lynn Schweinfurth, the chief financial officer of Fiesta Restaurant Group, is leaving her post to join Red Robin, the companies announced in separate statements Wednesday afternoon. Schweinfurth, who was also SVP and treasurer, is set to depart Fiesta, the parent company of Taco Cabana and Pollo Tropical, January 25.

Breaking Down Minimum Wage Hikes in 2019

The future of the federal minimum wage rate is always a means of debate. It remains $7.25 per hour, with no real clear path forward, although many pundits expect it to eventually rise. For now, though, 2019 brought minimum wage hikes in more than a dozen states and cities.

Women’s Foodservice Forum Expands Leadership Team

For almost three decades, Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF,) has been the leadership development resource for women in the Food Industry, the nation’s second-largest private sector employer.With women’s workplace progress stalled across industries despite their increased pursuit of higher education and skill building, WFF is expanding its mission to include both women’s leadership development and providing strategies to the food industry to eliminate barriers, accelerate advancement, and Lead The Way to gender equity with data-driven solutions.

Study: Injured Workers Miss an Average of 30 Days

Injuries to restaurant workers cause employees to miss an average of 30 days from work, according to claims data analyzed by AmTrust Financial Services, Inc., the nation’s fourth largest provider of workers’ compensation insurance.