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NRA Urges Delay of Internet Domain Expansion

The National Restaurant Association joined more than 80 other business associations and companies in requesting U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary John Bryson to act immediately to urge the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to postpone a costly and risky new generic top-level domain (gTLD) expansion program that threatens to throw the domain-name market into widespread confusion starting in January.

To Groupon or Not?: Insights on Social Couponing

Daily deals or social coupons carry great potential advantages for hospitality operators, but a poorly structured deal could turn into a nightmare of lost revenue and unhappy customers. Two new reports from the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research (CHR) examine how social couponing is working for hospitality operators and their customers.

CPK Turns on the Cheer with E-Gift Cards

The holiday season has arrived, and to make gift giving even easier this year, California Pizza Kitchen has introduced a new electronic gift card option allowing gift givers the opportunity to send their holiday greetings instantaneously.

Chesapeake House in Myrtle Beach Goes Energy Efficient

For Chesapeake House, a family-owned seafood restaurant located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, being ahead of the curve has served the business well throughout its 40-year history. The restaurant first ignored location trends to become the founding restaurant on “Restaurant Row,” and today, the business is taking aggressive steps toward becoming energy efficient by installing innovative technology from Efficient Energy America, Inc.

Tongue-in-Chic: LivingSocial Goes Gourmet

LivingSocial is known for its daily deals, but this month, the coupon and discount company decided to spice things up with four-star restaurants.Gourmet is LivingSocial’s latest restaurant product, creating exclusive offers for high-end restaurants to reach out to a high-end clientele.

Card Sales on Main Street Continue Decline

Capital Access Network, Inc.'s (CAN) data services division’s Small Business Credit Sales (SBCS) Report indicates that Main Street businesses showed a 2.9 percent decline in Q3 2011 card sales compared to Q3 2010 levels.

Sara Lee Coffee Sold to Smucker for $350M

Sara Lee Corp. (NYSE:SLE - News) will sell the majority of its North American foodservice coffee and tea operations to The J.M. Smucker Company for $350 million.The transaction is expected to close near the beginning of 2012.

Consumers Reluctant to Spend, Data Shows

Same-store sales increased 1 percent in September while traffic decreased by 2.5 percent, according to new data.Black Box Intelligence and People Report released their September 2011 restaurant industry snapshot last week, showcasing an increase in food and alcohol sales in September, but also indicating consumers’ lowest-yet willingness to spend.

Harbor Brewing Sees 39% Growth

Harbor Brewing Company Inc. ( - News) increased revenue by more than 39 percent during the quarter endingJune 30.Revenue increased to $718,508 versus $516,488 for the previous three month period.

Texas Roadhouse to Announce Q3 Earnings

Texas Roadhouse, Inc. (Nasdaq: TXRH - News) announced today that it will release third quarter 2011 financial results on Tuesday, November 1, 2011, after the market close.A conference call will follow at 5 p.

ezCater Brings No Risks, High Rewards to Restaurants

Briscoe Rodgers, president of online catering site ezCater, says the marketplace of online food ordering has really heated up in the past couple of years.Last week, ezCater announced its seed round financing of $630,000.

Dine America Wrap-Up

In case you missed a session, speaker, or (worse) the entire Dine America conference this week, here are wrap-ups of all of the presentations!  Securing Financial AssuranceLeadership: Kat Cole Style Experts Talk Best Strategies for Social Media Shoney's CEO Reveals Plans to Turn Brand AroundWant to Get the Consumer's Attention? Try SponsorshipsCelebrity Spokespeople: Not Just for the Mega ChainsConcessions 101Protecting Your Stores from UnionsHelp Veterans, Help Your Brand5 Restaurant Tips from Google

Kredit Karte Launches Transparent Processing

Kredit Karte, the only payment processing company to guarantee businesses of all sizes the lowest credit card processing rates and no hidden fees, today announced the official launch of the company’s transparent merchant credit card processing, guaranteeing the lowest credit card processing rates and no hidden fees.

$25,000 Endowed to Culinary Scholarships in Seattle

Les Dames d’Escoffier, Seattle Chapter (LDES), has established two new endowed scholarship funds at South Seattle Community College (SSCC):Les Dames d’Escoffier, Seattle, Culinary Arts Endowed Scholarship Fund in Honor of Co-Founder, Dame Kathleen Stang, and Les Dames d’Escoffier, Seattle, Wine Technology—Northwest Wine Academy Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Keeping Unions Out of Your Restaurant

Since the recession hit at the end of 2007, and as people become more concerned with job security, the prospect of unionization in the restaurant industry has grown.“Only 22 percent of the disengaged employees [surveyed] said they would not vote for a union,” says Don MacPherson, president of Modern Survey.