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Long Beach leaders reject law that would protect housekeepers at local hotels

Pro-labor voices on Long Beach’s City Council fell short of convincing their colleagues of the need for a new city law regulating working conditions for housekeepers who clean the city’s hotels. The council voted 5-4 Tuesday night to reject a proposal that would have required the City Attorney’s office to draft an ordinance setting new rules for all Long Beach hotels, an alteration from the original proposal that called for the protections at hotels with more than 100 rooms. (Long Beach Press-Telegram)

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Restaurants gear up for football season

As sacred to the game-day experience as seeing your favorite football player catch a ball in the end zone, the pre-game spread has become a make-or-break in-season ritual. Restaurants across the nation are rushing to score a touchdown with tailgate deals on wings, beer and pizza, and offering online contests and game-day celebrations featuring big-screen TVs. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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How Restaurants Are Adapting to the Food Delivery Boom

The proliferation of delivery services like Amazon Prime, FreshDirect, and Blue Apron has made leaving the cozy confines of one’s apartment increasingly unnecessary. Why drive all the way to the store and actually interact with fellow humans when the same tasks can be accomplished with just a few clicks? (Eater)

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Obama’s overtime rule will NOT take effect, but changes likely coming

On Aug. 31, 2017, a U.S. District Court in Texas ruled for the 55 state and business plaintiffs who challenged the Department of Labor’s new rule created in 2016 under President Barack Obama. On Sept. 5, 2017, the Justice Department, which defended the new rule, formally ended the attempt to impose the rule by stating they will not appeal the District Court’s ruling. (The Tennessean)

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InterContinental Hotels Launches New Midscale Brand

One of the three largest hotel companies in the world unveiled a new midscale brand and began licensing Monday. InterContinental Hotels Group launched Avid Hotels, targeting travelers at a slightly lower price point than its popular Holiday Inn Express brand, a demographic it calls vastly underserved. (Forbes)

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Restaurant Leaders Launch Off-Premises Advocacy Group

A group of restaurant industry leaders have united to create the Catering Council for Multi-Unit Restaurant Operators, an advocacy group focused on addressing regulations, policies, technological changes and best practices in the ‘off-premise’ segment, including takeout, delivery and catering. Founding members of the CCMURO gathered in Atlanta in June for their first official meeting, and announced plans to work together on issues of common concern as part of a broader initiative to raise the profile of the growing off-premise segment. (FSR)

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22 Brands Celebrating Anniversaries

Brands are just like people; as they grow older, they mature, they change, and they suffer the same growing pains as the generations of brands that came before them. And now that the U.S. limited-service restaurant industry has been around for a century or so, brand growth can be seen just like that of a person’s, with concepts navigating the same kind of generational evolution, whether it’s an exciting coming-of-age or a treacherous midlife crisis. (QSR)

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Nontraditional Venues Pave the Way for Future Growth

For some brands, starting out in nontraditional venues and then later growing into brick-and-mortar stores is a formula for success. Sports stadiums and arenas operate seasonally, and even then only for

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How TripAdvisor and AirBnB Have Drastically Changed Hotels

It’s no secret that tech-based hospitality platforms such as TripAdvisor and AirBnB are seeing great success, causing increasingly significant amounts of concern among the owners and operators of the world’s largest hotel brands. In fact, AirBnB for example has been projected by experts to pull in as much as $3.5 billion by the year 2020, as AirBnB’s number of available listings continues increasing by leaps and bounds in markets that range from New Zealand to Kansas. (Hospitality Net)

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Working Lunch: What the Trump-Dem alliance means for operators

“The Trump alliance with top Democrats continues. How long will it last and what does it mean for the issues that affect your business operations?” (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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McDonald’s comeback hits smaller chains hardest

McDonald’s Corp. same-store sales declines between 2013 and 2015 may have been a boon to the chain’s competitors, but now its recovery poses a problem for them. The Oak Brook, Ill.-based burger giant’s results, at least in recent years, have had a bigger impact on its smaller competitors, such as Sonic Corp., Jack in the Box and Steak ‘n Shake, than it has had on Burger King and Wendy’s. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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Warriors Against Waste: These Restaurants And Bars Are Aiming For Zero

Chef Douglas McMaster’s flagship restaurant, Silo, takes that “industrial chic” aesthetic that dominates the modern dining scene to a whole new level. Located an hour south of London, in Brighton, England, the restaurant inhabits a 180-year-old building that has been styled into something like a barn — or a grain silo. (NPR)

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Hotels That Bring Sports Fans Close to Their Teams

A number of new hotels aim to allow fans to stay close to their favorite sports teams, encouraging tourism outside of game time. For baseball fans, the new Omni Hotel at the Battery Atlanta is scheduled to open in early 2018, well before opening day for the Atlanta Braves, who play next door at the new SunTrust Park. (New York Times)

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20 of the Most Influential Restaurant Leaders

Ever since QSR published its first issue back in September 1997, the limited-service restaurant industry has undergone seismic changes—changes that have helped grow the industry into a $234 billion behemoth influencing how Americans eat every day. Many factors have shaped the evolution of the highly competitive, influential, and fast-changing limited-service industry in the last two decades. (QSR)

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A Craveable Kind of Healthy Eating

A new golden age is upon us—though maybe “turmeric age” would be a better name. Good-for-you food has never been this good. (Wall Street Journal)