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Restaurant Industry Took Slight Hit in November, Says NRA

As a result of a downtick in same-store sales and customer traffic levels, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index(RPI) fell below 100 in November. The RPI—a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.

Report: Health Insurance Makes for More Effective Employees

Although health insurance is a commonly offered benefit, there is a notable lack of research on whether providing insurance affects workers’ job behavior or performance. A new study from the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research (CHR) examines the effects of having health insurance on four issues relating to workers’ job characteristics: job anxiety, tardiness, absenteeism, and overall task performance.

It's Back to School with NRA Education Sessions

The 2011 National Restaurant Association’s Hotel-Motel Show, which takes places from May 21-24 in Chicago, will feature more than 70 education sessions that will tackle issues like social media and commerce, increasing sustainability efforts, technology innovations, and how philanthropy can boost business, among other topics.

Management Moves March 25

Bob Evans Farms has named Mark A. Mears as president and chief concept officer of Mimi’s Cafe, effective April 18, 2011. Mears comes to Mimi’s Cafe from The Cheesecake Factory, a $1.7 billion upscale casual dining chain with 164 total restaurants, where he has served as senior vice president and chief marketing officer since 2008.

Hooters Raises Money for Japan

Hooters restaurants are raising money to help support the victims of the earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan. Through various local initiatives, locations around the world are raising money toward the relief effort and Hooters Community Endowment Fund (HOO.

Kendall College Accepting Entries for CAFE/Kendall Green Award

The Kendall College School of Culinary Arts and the Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education (CAFÉ) in Chicago are accepting applications for the 2011 CAFÉ/Kendall Green Award.This is the first-ever national award to recognize secondary and postsecondary culinary arts and baking/pastry programs for their commitment to sustainability.

What Do Casual Dining Employees Really Think?

These days it’s easy for restaurants to get a feel for what diners think of them. They only need to check out a couple of Web sites to read both positive and negative reviews by average Joes.But what about their employees—what do they think? A happy employee can make a big difference to a business, helping boost the bottom line through his or her positivity and dedication.

Cops Get a Tip-Off at Red Robin

Law enforcement officers in cities across the country will unite at Red Robin restaurants on Saturday, March 26 to raise funds for Special Olympics programs through in-restaurant Tip-A-Cop events.During this time, law enforcement will trade in their handcuffs and badges to earn tips from restaurant guests by filling beverages and serving food to benefit their local Special Olympics Program.

Creativity Required

It turns out the No. 1 trait for chief-exec success in the next five years won’t be dedication, influence, or integrity. According to a recent study by IBM, which consisted of more than 1,500 one-on-one interviews with CEOs worldwide, creativity will be the most important leadership quality in the coming years.

Eat'n Park Commits $1 Million to Kids' Health

The Eat’n Park Hospitality Group launched LifeSmiles, a program that will invest in children’s health and wellness initiatives in the communities the company serves. As part of the effort, the foodservice leader plans to invest $1 million and 20,000 volunteer hours to health and wellness initiatives over the next five years.

InterContinental Miami Holds Chefs With A Purpose: Haiti

The Intercontinental Miami will hold its second annual Chefs With A Purpose: Haiti fundraiser on March 30, 2011.The event will be held in partnership with Project Medishare for Haiti, Inc. and International Firefighters Assistance, Inc.

Criminal Defense with Security Services

Radiant Systems has launched Radiant Security Services. This new set of products and services is designed to help restaurant and retail operators build a layered defense against criminal tactics targeted at the theft of consumer data.

Denny's $40 of Food Challenge

Denny’s has issued a special challenge to “Man v. Food” star Adam Richman, daring him to prove he can eat $40 worth of items off Denny’s all-day, everyday $2 $4 $6 $8 value menu.

Boston's Raises Money For Diabetes Research

Dallas-based Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar and its more than 50 franchise locations raised nearly $60,0000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) during its annual Boston’s Cares campaign.