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Netflix and Streaming Video Are Replacing Hotel Pay-Per-View Entertainment

It might be crazy to think of this — especially at a time when some of us still agonize over the super-slow speed with which it takes to download a simple PDF in some hotel rooms — but we’re calling it: In just a few years’ time, it’s highly likely that the Internet of Things (IoT) will be coming to a hotel room near you. What does that mean, exactly? (Skift)

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Inside Eatsa’s first New York City location

Eatsa, the high-tech, better-for-you version of an automat that was founded in San Francisco in 2015, has expanded to the East Coast. Eatsa opened a location in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, and also provided a media preview of its New York City location, which opens at the end of next week. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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Why casual-dining restaurants should close thousands of units

Casual-dining restaurants have seen declining sales and traffic for a decade now, and as a result, there are fewer of them. The segment’s share of the supply of restaurants in the U.S. has shrunk since 2007, according to BMO Capital Markets analyst Andrew Strelzik. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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Thanks To ‘Fight For $15’ Minimum Wage, McDonald’s Unveils Job-Replacing Self-Service Kiosks Nationwide

As the labor union-backed Fight for $15 begins yet another nationwide strike on November 29, I have a simple message for the protest organizers and the reporters covering them: I told you so. It brings me no joy to write these words. (Forbes)

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Food Allergens: Ignore Them at Your Own Risk

For the dining room server, hearing this ranks in frequency with “What kinds of hot teas do you have?” For cooks, it’s somewhere in the neighborhood of the “SEE SERVER” modifier.

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Is there a thawing in the hotel and OTA relationship?

There’s been a subtle change in tone from some quarters when you ask hotels about the power of online travel agencies or how those OTAs feel about hotels driving business direct. What used to almost incite rage has softened with a few hotels starting to refer to the likes of Expedia and Booking.com as partners. (Tnooz)

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Trending Tables: Vegetables, global ingredients, creative venues thrive

The way Americans consume food has changed over the years, and so has the way Americans consume media. To that end, Nation’s Restaurant News is updating Trending Tables. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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McDonald’s expands test of fresh beef patties

McDonald’s is testing fresh beef Quarter Pounder burgers at about 75 restaurants in Tulsa, Okla., a popular test market for the company. The never-frozen beef patties were first tried out in Texas. (Tulsa World)

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Overhauling its image, investing in tech were key to Domino’s turnaround

Since becoming CEO of Domino’s in 2010, Patrick Doyle has helped transform the pizza chain into the second-largest in the world, boasting more than 12,500 restaurants in more than 80 countries. Investing in delivery-focused technology and revamping its image with a self-aware ad campaign highlighting its improved recipe were integral to the brand’s reinvention, Doyle said at the recent CEO Summit organized by Business Leaders for Michigan. (Harvard Business Review)

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Marriott Divides Its 30 Brands Into Two Categories: Classic or Distinctive

We’re getting a bit more insight into exactly how Marriott is positioning all those 30 brands but it remains to be seen how any differences among those 30 will actually play out. All we can say is we certainly don’t envy Tina Edmundson’s Herculean task to distinguish each and every one of those brands going forward. (Skift)

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Move over burger: Fast-food restaurants go crazy over fried chicken

Fried chicken is topping the charts of favorite foods and performing well at chains such as Raising Cane’s, El Pollo Loco, The Habit Burger Grill, Shake Shack and Bruxie. Last year, quickservice chicken restaurants enjoyed a sales boost of 8%, while the top American burger chains grew by 3.3%, according to Technomic. (Orange County Register)

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Overtime ruling leaves restaurants wondering what’s next

Washington business owners are trying to balance their profitability against employee morale after a federal judge blocked a U.S. Department of Labor rule extending overtime pay to roughly 5 million workers nationwide. The rule was scheduled to take effect Dec. 1 and would have more than doubled the salary threshold for workers to qualify as exempt from overtime pay requirements, raising it from $23,660 per year to $47,476. (Puget Sound Business Journal)

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Local Governments Arrive on Schedule to Buttress Part-Time Workers

Proposed laws requiring employers to give workers more predictable and remunerative schedules are sprouting across the nation, drawing the ire of some employers as local governments wade into the debate over economic inequality. (Wall Street Journal)

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Weekly Update: Overtime Rule Blocked in Federal Court

Overtime Rule Blocked in Federal Court: Will Not Take Effect Dec. 1 Employers received something to be thankful for this holiday in the form of yesterday’s ruling from the federal