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Brinker Commits to 250 Apprentices for Restaurant Apprenticeship Program

Brinker International, Inc., one of the world's leading casual dining restaurant companies and owner of Chili's Grill & Bar and Maggiano's Little Italy, has announced its commitment to enroll 250 apprentices into the Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship (HSRA) program developed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) and the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA).

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.