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David Davoudpour Talks Brand Turnaround!

The creators of Dine America, an annual conference for foodservice executives, welcomed David Davoudpour, chairman and CEO of Shoney’s, to its exciting lineup of keynote speakers at the 2011 conference earlier this week.

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.

Steakhouse at Harrah’s Wins Wine Award

The Range Steakhouse at Harrah’s Las Vegas is a proud recipient of the coveted 2011 Award of Excellence given by one of the world’s most respected wine publications, Wine Spectator. The Range Steakhouse’s comprehensive wine list boasts a selection of 145 different wines from around the world, selected by sommelier Kenneth Shey.

Best Strategies to Engage Fans with Social Media

Research proves that as unemployment rises, so does coupon use. But for operators who think slapping a coupon on Facebook counts as social media, Erika Brookes and Jason Poinsette, panelists at this year’s Dine America conference, have a few tips to enhance their game.

Senator Discusses 2012 Farm Bill in D.C.

Sen. Pat Roberts, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, lends his seasoned perspective to a discussion of the 2012 Farm Bill at the United Fresh Produce Association’s Washington Public Policy Conference.

NRA Marketing Exec Group Hosts Conference

The National Restaurant Association Marketing Executives Group (MEG) will hold its annual fall conference next month in Miami. Marketing professionals representing some of the nation’s top restaurant chains will gather October 12–14 at the Epic Hotel to address “Real Challenges–Epic Solutions,” the theme of this year’s conference.

Centerplate Expands Senior Management Role

Centerplate, a partner to North America's sports, convention and entertainment venues, announced the expansion of vice president of sales and marketing Kay Towner's responsibilities to include a more active focus on driving incremental business of behalf of the company's clients.

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.

Bonefish Hits Bold Notes with Train

Beginning today, Bonefish Grill is offering wine enthusiasts and Train fans the opportunity to both enjoy the band's newest release and taste their newest creation.  Bonefish Grill is the only restaurant pouring new 'Drops of Jupiter 2009 Petite Sirah' wine, the inaugural varietal from Train's Save Me, San Francisco Wine Co.

Toepener Prevents Germ Spread in Bathrooms

Many people are disgusted when it comes to touching the restroom door handle for fear of germs, bacteria, or anything else that may be on the familiar metallic surface. After washing their hands, many try the “paper towel wrap” or the “pinky grasp” to avoid touching the door handle before they return to touch their food.

JobApp Hiring Solution Aids Applebee's

Newtown, Pennsylvania-based restaurant operator, The Rose Group, a 59-unit Applebee's and four-unit Corner Bakery Café franchisee, has selected JobApp Network as its automated hiring solution to improve restaurant hiring, manage compliance, and maximize employee tax credits.