Legal

Oak Street Funding Hires Associate Chief Counsel

Oak Street Funding, a First Financial Bank company, which is the Bank’s national platform for niche commercial asset classes, has hired Dave Bullington as Associate Chief Counsel.As a part of Oak Street’s growth strategy, he will be aiding in the move from outsourced to in-house legal processes, which will significantly reduce the current turnaround times and expenses while improving the client experience.

Perry McGuire Named Georgia Trend’s 2016 Legal Elite

SGR Attorney and Georgia Restaurant Association Board Member Perry McGuire Selected as Georgia Trend’s 2016 Legal EliteSmith, Gambrell & Russell, LLPAttorney and Georgia Restaurant Association Board Member Perry McGuire has been recognized as one of Georgia Trend’s 2016 Legal Elite, a list of Georgia’s top attorneys in nearly 300 law firms selected from 14 different practice areas, as nominated and chosen by their peers.

Maintaining a Safe Workplace in States Where Marijuana is Legal

Marijuana is now a legal substance in 26 states and the District of Columbia, with three more states—California, Massachusetts, and Nevada—following suit in 2017. The movement to legalize marijuana introduces many complicated workplace safety issues that restaurant owners and managers would be wise to consider.

North Carolina 'Bathroom Bill' Prompts Restaurant Response

For the 18 years that Guglhupf Bakery, Café, and Restaurant has been open in Durham, North Carolina, co-founders Claudia Cooper and Jahn Hartmut have sought to run the business free from the “rancor” of religion and politics.

Table the Smartphone Chatter

Guilty as charged, at least when it comes to texting at the table.I try really hard to curb that compulsive habit when I’m out with friends, but catch me dining solo and the cellphone is in my hand—almost as often as the flatware.

Debate Over Salt Spices Up Menus

Salt: It’s a crucial component of flavor enhancement, and the thing that keeps you reaching back in the bag for any stray fries that may have escaped your hopeful grasp the first time around. The spice has sparked both ancient conflicts and dinner table arguments, but starting this week, salt has been the source of a new battle between New York City restaurants and health officials.

Reaction to No-Tipping Policy at Union Square Hospitality Group Restaurants

FSR readers continue to share impassioned opinions about the announcement from Danny Meyer that he plans to eliminate tipping in his restaurants and increase menu prices to support higher wages: “We operate three very high-volume full-serve units (total of 1,500 seats), and with Seattle going to a staggered minimum pay increase we decided to take everyone to $15.

FDA Menu Labeling Requirement Delayed

Diners will have to wait until the end of 2016 to find calorie labels on all chain restaurant menus.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that restaurants and other establishments will now have until December 1, 2016, to comply with federal menu labeling rules—one year beyond the original deadline.

FDA Ruling Bans Trans Fats

On Tuesday, June 16, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a firm, 3-year timetable for food manufacturers to eliminate trans fats. While many restaurants and suppliers have been taking measures for years to reduce and remove the partially hydrogenated oils that produce trans fats, the ruling will pose a costly challenge to some sections of the industry.

Menus Of Change General Sessions Available Via Webcast

For the third year, more than 350 executives, experts, and innovators in food, foodservice, health and wellness, nutrition, and environmental science will come together for the Menus of Change leadership summit, which is co-presented by The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and Harvard T.

Johnny Rockets Appoints New VP of Operations and Training

Johnny Rockets, the global restaurant chain, announced the appointment of Jim Kensinger in the newly created role of vice president of operations services and training. Kensinger is responsible for improving the quality, consistency, and profitability of the brand's franchise and corporate restaurants worldwide through communication, training, and engagement.

James Beard Foundation Preps For 7th Chefs Boot Camp

More than a dozen chefs from around the country will convene for the James Beard Foundation (JBF)’s seventh Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change at Glynwood in Cold Spring, New York, from June 7 through June 9.