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Johnny Rockets Takes Off at Cherokee Casino

Johnny Rockets is pleased to announce its newest location at Harrah's Cherokee Casino & Hotel, bringing the company's unique blend of all-American fare, timeless music, and vibrant decor to Cherokee, North Carolina.

Independent Restaurants Have Edge in Communities

Battling with low operator and consumer confidence, rising food costs, and a lack of corporate support, independent restaurants can be especially hard hit during poor economic times. However, recent Mintel research reveals that independents may have some advantages over their competition, as 43 percent of American consumers who have visited one in the past month seek out independent restaurants over chains.

American Express Lends Hand to Small Businesses

As small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) struggle with access to capital in today’s tight credit economy, American Express today announced the launch of American Express Merchant Financing, a set of financing products that provide qualified merchants with quick and simple access to cash for their business needs.

Medical Insurance Rises in Hospitality Industry

Medical insurance costs are continuing to rise for hospitality industry employers across the country. The 2011 Compensation Data Hospitality survey results show companies reported an average premium increase of 9.

Darden to Host Fiscal Q1 Call

Darden Restaurants Inc. will host its fiscal 2012 first quarter conference call on Wednesday, September 28, 2011, at 8:30 a.m. EST.   The conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet.

AMEX: Casual Dining Continues to Decline

American Express Business Insights today released its series of Q2 2011 Business Insights Spend Sights reports, which reveal that while economic uncertainty continues to dampen overall consumer confidence, a new pattern of less frequent but measurable splurging has become evident among customers.

Brinker Announces Dividend Increase

The board of directors for Brinker International Inc. (NYSE: EAT - News) declared a quarterly dividend of $0.16 per share on the common stock of the company payable on Sept. 29, 2011 to shareholders of record as of Sept.

NRAEF ProStart Training Program Crosses $2 Million

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) announced today that it has passed the two-thirds point in its 2011 fundraising goal of $3 million for its ProStart program. Recent donations from Brodersen Management Corp.

Partnership Creates Industry Research, Analysis Enterprise

Black Box Intelligence LLC (BBI), Consumer Edge Research LLC (CER), GuestMetrics LLC (GM), and People Report announced the formation of a joint venture that will capture the combined product offerings of the four companies and provide revolutionary foodservice industry data and analytics.

Why Matchbox’s Small Business is on Fire

Perry Smith understands how to grow a brand.Nearly ten years ago, four men sat down to talk about opening a restaurant in Washington, D.C. Smith, Drew Kim, and brothers Mark and Ty Neal had expansive ideas about brands – pizzas from custom-made ovens, upscale diners, hot dogs piled with nuclear green relish – but the mood in the capital was uncertain.

Two-Day Conference Covers Restaurant Investing

Private equity investors active in the restaurant space are invited to attend an inaugural conference that will cover the complete deal cycle - from locating the best investment opportunity to maximizing the value on a sale.

ADP Launches Electronic Payroll System

ADP announced the launch of ALINE Pay by ADP, a comprehensive electronic payroll disbursement solution that helps employers reduce administration time and minimize their risk of financial and compliance exposure.

Restaurant Visits Down—or Low—Globally In First Quarter

Although the foodservice industries in China, France, and Germany experienced traffic gains in the first quarter of 2011, restaurant visits were down in many countries across the world during that first quarter, according to The NPD Group.

Industry Revenue, Compensation Grow Together

As executive compensation in the banking and financial sectors continues to come under fire, Technomic’s newly released Public Chain and Executive Compensation Performance Report shows only a.

Debit-Card Fees Disappoint NRA

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) expressed strong concern and disappointment following the Federal Reserve’s vote today to cap the “swipe fees” that merchants pay for debit-card transactions at 21 cents per transaction—less than the average 44 cents that merchants pay for debit-card transactions today, but a significant increase over the 12-cent swipe-fee cap that the Federal Reserve proposed in December.