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Weekly Update: Third Special Legislative Session Begins

Third Special Legislative Session Begins Gov. Jay Inslee has called lawmakers back for a third special session to work to fund the McCleary decision, a court-mandated K-12 education funding within

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Hotels and OTAs failing to inspire guests

A new report from TrustYou suggests that hotels and OTAs are not yet fully embracing the opportunities around upselling and ancillary revenues. The killer chart references the subject of the communications that guests recall having received during the crucial post-booking pre-stay phase. (Tnooz)

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Food world embraces plant-based eating

Chefs and others in the foodservice industry are making great progress when it comes to creating menus that emphasize and celebrate plant-based foods, according to the 2017 Menus of Change Annual Report. “The idea of plant-forward eating moved from a burgeoning term in the prior year to the default phrase for capturing the rising status of vegetables and plant proteins on American menus,” the report noted. (SmartBrief)

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Why the rising restaurant tide isn’t lifting all boats

Major cities are touting vibrant culinary scenes, but many restaurants and chains are feeling challenged as competition grows and consumer habits shift. Breakfast remains popular and takeout and delivery are on the rise, but mid-priced casual chains are feeling the pinch while eateries at the low and high ends grow, industry experts say. (The Atlantic)

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NLRB candidate finds favor with NRA, trade groups

NRA and other business groups applauded President Donald Trump’s nomination of Republican lawyer Marvin Kaplan to one of two empty seats on the National Labor Relations Board. “The NLRB will be deciding a number of important issues, including the joint employer standard and micro-unions, that directly impact small businesses,” Cicely Simpson, NRA’s executive vice president, said. (The Hill)

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Airbnb’s Biggest Weapon Against Hotels: Machine Learning

Airbnb numbers among Valley’s darlings, reportedly valued at $31 billion and actually profitable, the latter being a novelty among startups. It’s less beloved by the hotel industry. (Inc.)

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Chefs Embrace the Power of the ‘Instagram Juggernaut’

David Posey discovered the power of Instagram almost by accident. Before his heavily anticipated new restaurant Elske opened in Chicago, Posey posted a picture to his personal account, a shot of his hand holding the new key to the building. (Grub Street)

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Can Off-Premise Dining Save the Restaurant Industry?

As casual dining chains struggle to maintain market share, many brands are looking to off-premise occasions to cushion against ongoing challenges in the segment. Executives from several large casual dining chains pressed the growing importance of carry-out and delivery orders in recent quarterly earnings calls with investors. (Food Newsfeed)

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For restaurants like McDonald’s, delivery hasn’t stopped customers from eating in

Data insight firm Sense360 determines that delivery orders at restaurants are not cannibalizing in-store orders. In fact, third-party delivery services have created new occasions for diners to purchase foods from these restaurants. (CNBC)

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June hotel roundup: The latest openings, renovations, new brands

The U.S. hotel industry continues to remain robust, with 191,832 new rooms under construction as of May. That represents a 16.4% increase compared with May 2016, according to research firm STR’s latest pipeline report. (USA Today)

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In an Instagram world, does pretty food make us think it tastes better?

In the era of Instagram a dish can become famous based on looks alone, and the notion that visuals play a key role in the culinary world dates back to ancient times. Presentation and creative plating are key, according to top chefs such as Grant Achatz of Chicago’s Alinea, who shares his tips for making food look its best. (Chicago Tribune)

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Food halls cater to changing consumer tastes

Chicago is home to a growing number of food halls that feed growing consumer demand for unique restaurant experiences and diverse food offerings that play well on Instagram. The number of food halls in US cities is on track to hit 200 by 2020, up from about 40 today, said consultant Aaron Allen. (Chicago Tribune)

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How to reinvent open kitchens

More than ever, the open kitchen is becoming a hallmark of good restaurant design. Following on years of success for chef’s tables in foodie establishments — and the more recent push for transparency at a range of restaurants from quick service to haute cuisine, owners are exploiting the appeal of merging kitchen and dining areas. (Restaurant Hospitality)

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Trend Tracker: What Makes a Restaurant ‘Hot’ And Why Should You Care?

Consumers are always looking for the next new, hot thing. And that’s no different in the world of restaurants. (Forbes)

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Subway Looks to Fix Its Sales Slump With Tech Upgrades

Company is putting self-ordering kiosks in restaurants. Sandwich chain debuted revamped mobile app about a month ago. (Bloomberg)