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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.

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.