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Five Sales Building Tactics that Won’t Break the Bank

As we head into the quieter time of the year for our restaurant, what are some ways we can build sales and not spend much money?

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Oak Harbor teens win premier youth culinary competition

LAKEWOOD, WASH. – Oak Harbor High School took first place in the It is the premier youth culinary competition in the state. And local restaurateur, Scott Fraser of Frasers Gourmet

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Spokane teens win premier youth culinary and management competition

LAKEWOOD, WASH. – Lewis and Clark High School of Spokane took first place in the management portion of the Washington ProStart Invitational. The event is the premier youth culinary and

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To Court Millennials, Hotels Are Rolling Out the Yoga Mat

James Giannantonio does not consider himself a fitness maniac. But Mr. Giannantonio, a 31-year-old Philadelphian, knows he may appear that way when he visits New York. “I have the same routine every time I come,” he said. “I check in, then I take out the yoga mat in the little workout area they set up in each room, and I do some stretching and light yoga for 20 minutes. (New York Times)

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The Rise of the Grocerant

Restaurants are on the rise at grocery stores looking to woo younger consumers with expanded food experiences, analyst Phil Lempert said. Prepared food sales at supermarkets averaged 10% annual growth between 2005 and 2015, according to Technomic, and prepared food departments have grown into sit-down restaurants that encourage shoppers to linger. (Eater)

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Tapping into the power of mobile apps

Waiting in line or making a phone call to order food from a restaurant may soon be a relic of the past, as the increased availability of digital ordering enables more consumers to get the food they want, when they want it, with just a few scrolls, taps and clicks. It’s a trend that’s proving beneficial for time-crunched consumers, and even better for the restaurant industry, executives at market research firm The NPD Group said. (Restaurant Hospitality)

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IRS to Accept Tax Returns Lacking Health Care Status; Employer Reporting Unchanged

On Feb. 15, the IRS announced on its ACA Information Center for Tax Professionals webpage that it would not reject taxpayers’ 2016 income tax returns that are missing health coverage information. This information is supposed to be included on line 61 of the Form 1040 and line 11 of the Form 1040EZ to demonstrate compliance during the year with the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) mandate that individuals have health insurance that meets ACA standards, or else pay a penalty. (Society for Human Resource Management)

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Legislative News: Seventh Week of the 2017 Session

Today is the 50th day of the 2017 session, so we are nearly half-way through the 105 scheduled days of session. A significant cut-off passed on Friday, Feb. 24. Friday was

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Accor CEO: We Want to Transform the Way Everyone Uses Hotels

AccorHotels is undergoing a major transformation in an effort to become a new breed of hospitality company, and the biggest example of that is the company’s most recent pilot program. Dubbed “Accor Local” by AccorHotels CEO Sebastien Bazin during the company’s analyst conference on February 22, this pilot brought to life a concept that Bazin first mentioned to Skift last year, shortly after the company completed its $2.7-billion acquisition of the Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissotel brands. (Skift)

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In Trump era, restaurants risk backlash with political stances

More restaurants are serving meals with a side of politics. In the month since President Donald Trump was inaugurated, local bars, restaurants and cafes have staged politically laced fundraisers and bake sales. (Chicago Tribune)

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In sweeping move, Trump puts regulation monitors in U.S. agencies

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday to place “regulatory reform” task forces and officers within federal agencies in what may be the most far reaching effort to pare back U.S. red tape in recent decades. Trump signed the directive in the Oval Office with chief executives of major U.S. corporations standing behind him including Dow Chemical Co (DOW.N), Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) and U.S. Steel Corp (X.N). (Reuters)

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Jeff Davis: Restaurants pave the path to achieving the American dream

A new president and a new Congress are getting to work with the promise to protect jobs and increase opportunities for American workers. Their goal, and ours, is that our employees can build happy, quality lives for themselves and their families. (Tulsa World)

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Here’s What Hotel CEOs Think of Trump’s Travel Ban

While we wait for the Trump Administration to deploy the second iteration of its controversial travel ban affecting seven Muslim-majority countries, the travel industry has had a few weeks to process the original ban, which went into effect on January 27 and was blocked by federal courts earlier this month. During recent analyst calls to discuss fourth quarter and full year earnings, hotel CEOs and executives discussed what kind of impact, if any, the ban has had on their business, as well as what kind of potential, longer-term impact it could have going forward. (Skift)

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What’s (Really) Old is New: An Ancient Ingredient Makes a Comeback

If their success as a menu item at health-focused restaurants is any indication, ancient grains are here to stay. Although, to be fair, many of these foods have been cultivated for thousands of years, so they’ve been “here” for a while. (QSR)

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Is Facial Recognition the Future of Fast Food?

QSR recently reported on the burgeoning trend of voice activated ordering in foodservice. Facial recognition ordering is coming, too. (QSR)