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National Restaurant Association Launches Restaurant & Hospitality Association Benefit Trust

On Tuesday, the National Restaurant Association announced the launch of the Restaurant & Hospitality Association Benefit Trust Health Plan, insured and serviced by UnitedHealthcare. The National Restaurant Association and UnitedHealthcare formed a strategic alliance that offers exclusive health care solutions and pricing to member businesses, including small, midsize and large employers.

Signed Bill Ensures That Tips Belong to Workers

Restaurant workers and their allies scored a historic victory winning bipartisan support from members of Congress and the administration to include a provision in the omnibus budget bill—just signed into law March 26—that codifies protections for tipped restaurant workers against employers, supervisors, and managers taking any portion of their tips.

Love Serve Remember Appoints Dan Evon as President

Love Serve Remember, the restaurant group behind popular plant-based restaurants Café Gratitude, Gracias Madre, and Gratitude announced that Dan Evon has joined the LSR team as president. Since March of 2011 with the opening of Café Gratitude Larchmont, the founding leadership team has successfully expanded its concepts into Newport Beach and San Diego, added additional locations in Venice Beach and the Art’s District of Downtown LA and successfully introduced Gracias Madre to the LA market, all while maintaining the best in class brand identity that LSR has come to be known for.

Growler USA Names Industry Vet John Kutac President

Growler USA, a Colorado-based craft beer microbrew pub, has named franchise industry veteran John Kutac as the company’s new president. Kutac’s passion for the brand, along with his extensive background in growing emerging brands and working in the restaurant space will be pivotal as the brand continues to develop its craft beer and craft food pubs across the country.

40 Under 40: Restaurant Stars on the Rise

Chefs, owners, bartenders—some barely in their 30s—fill this year’s list of Rising Stars, the folks to watch in 2018. This list shows stars can be born anywhere, in as expected a place as under the tutelage of Eric Ripert at Le Bernardin or, quite the opposite, washing dishes in a family restaurant or taking a job bussing tables just to break into the industry.

Bloomin' Brands Adds Norwegian Cruise Line Exec to Board

Bloomin' Brands and JANA Partners struck a deal heading into the casual-dining company’s annual meeting.The parent company of Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s, Bonefish Grill, and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, announced Wednesday (February 28) that it has agreed to appoint Wendy A.

Main Event Names Ex-California Pizza Kitchen President New CEO

Ardent Leisure Group announced that Chris Morris has been appointed as president and chief executive officer of Main Event Entertainment, effective March 26.Morris brings more than 20 years of experience with multisite businesses, including over six years in the family entertainment business.

Special Needs Employees Get a Step Up at Metz Culinary Management

Metz Culinary Management has committed so diligently to hiring workers who may need a little extra help, the stance has been incorporated as one of the company’s core values: “Respect and Caring—Honoring the culture and worth of people, seeing to their comfort without the expectation of return.

World of Beer Bolsters Leadership with Executive Hires

World of Beer/Bar & Kitchen, a neighborhood gathering spot for beer-lovers with more than 65 locations across 20 states and three countries, announced two new additions to its corporate leadership team: CFO, Kevin MacCormack, and VP of Marketing, James Buell.

Roy’s Restaurants Promotes Industry Vet John Crawford to COO

John Crawford, who joined Roy’s Restaurants in October as vice president of operations, has been promoted to chief operating officer effective immediately.“In the short time John has been on the team, the impact he has had on Roy’s has been significant,” says Sunil Dharod, Dallas entrepreneur, philanthropist, and owner of SSCP Management, Inc.

Sage Restaurant Group Strengthens Leadership with New Hires

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