December 2017 | Food Newsfeed

December 2017

A NYC Champagne Bar Gives Bubbly New Life

Ariel Arce popped open the doors to her very own champagne storyline at the end of June. You might say it’s the 29-year-old’s love letter to her favorite wine. “It’s like you’re walking into somebody’s living room,” she says about the intimate, eclectic, and—above all—approachable wine bar she’s created.

Ruby Tuesday Taps New CEO as Sale Closes

Ruby Tuesday’s days as a publicly traded company are over. NRD Capital completed its acquisition of the beleaguered casual dining chain December 21, and will now take Maryville, Tennessee-based Ruby Tuesday private in a deal valued at $2.

Huevos Rancheros

Happy guests are just minutes away when you combine Bush’s Best Easy Entrées Texas Ranchero Pinto Beans with eggs, salsa, queso, and tortillas for this Mexican favorite.

What Restaurants Need to Know About Mobile Wallet Technology

Restaurants today are searching for effective and innovative approaches to build a strong and dependable loyalty base. However between low consumer adoption and the financial challenges these programs can present, there is a significant opportunity to make these programs more effective.

New York Governor Proposes End to Tip Credit

On Sunday, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York announced a proposal to end the tip credit in the state. The tip credit currently allows restaurants to pay tipped employees less than the federal minimum wage and use tips to make up the difference.

Ruby Tuesday Turned Down Higher Purchase Offer

Ruby Tuesday revealed Monday that it turned down an offer it received from another suitor on December 12, and that it plans to close on its deal with NRD Capital this Thursday.The offer, which Ruby Tuesday called a “highly conditional and not fully financed proposal,” came from The Boaz Group, LLC, and was actually higher than its NRD Capital agreement.

To Tip or Not to Tip: The Debate Continues

To restaurant industry insiders and consumers alike, the headlines were jarring.“Danny Meyer Restaurants to Eliminate Tipping,” The New York Times relayed in October 2015, while NPR blared “Danny Meyer to Banish Tipping And Raise Prices At His N.

5 Things You Should Know About Your Customers

Do you think you know your customers? Think again. There’s more and more information available to savvy restaurateurs who want to find out everything they can about their guests in order to make more informed decisions about everything from what to put on the menu to how to staff locations.

NLRB Overturns Obama-Era Joint-Employer Decision

The so-called “joint-employer” ruling was overturned by a U.S. labor board Thursday. In a 3-2 decision, the Republican controlled National Labor Relations Board reversed the standard it set in a 2015 case involving Browning-Ferris Industries Inc.

Chilling Details Emerge from Ken Friedman's Sexual Harassment Scandal

James Beard Award-winning restaurateur Ken Friedman is the latest industry titan to be hit with sexual harassment accusations. The New York Times released a chilling report Tuesday detailing the accounts of 10 women who have come forward to say Friedman, among other things, groped them, texted employees for nude photos, openly asked for group sex, and let friends and visitors, including Mario Batali, harass employees at his Spotted Pig restaurant, the Michelin-starred eatery helmed by acclaimed Chef April Bloomfield.

How Restaurants Can Ace Seasonal Labor

It’s no secret that staffing is a perennial challenge for restaurants—a struggle that extends to the gig economy, too. As traditional notions of work shift and on demand–type gigs become widespread, the industry continues to benefit from new apps dedicated to finding and placing restaurant workers at all levels.