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Clark County businesses in tight spot when it comes to dogs, cats

The golden retriever at the coffee shop. The feline in the backpack at the bar. The Pomeranian in the grocery store. (The Columbian)

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Hotels upgrade bathrooms for more demanding guests

Bathrooms have become as important to travelers as bedrooms, and hotels are taking the plunge into more creative guestroom lavatories. Marriott International, the world’s largest hotel company, upgraded its bathrooms for its signature brand — Marriott Hotels. (USA Today)

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Working Lunch: What the 2017 election results mean for restaurant operators

The results of Tuesday’s elections include some bad outcomes for operators in specific states and around the country. The Align crew discusses what the results mean for the policies – tax reform, health care, minimum wage and others – restaurants and retailers have been supporting and the ones they thought they could avoid with Republican majorities. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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Why some franchisees are selling out

Dave Olson thinks a lot of the Taco Bell system. “I love the brand,” he said in an interview. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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Restaurants put the brakes on growth

After years of seemingly unstoppable growth, the restaurant industry has stepped on the brakes in 2017. Several chains in their latest earnings calls have said they plan on slowing unit growth or stopping it altogether amid weak same-store sales and traffic, as well as concerns over rising construction and real estate costs. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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Stats: U.S. Hotels Growing at Half the Rate of Overall Economy

Business activity for U.S. hoteliers held steady at previous month reading of 118.8 in September, according to the latest release of the Hotel Industry’s Pulse (HIP) indicator. e−forecasting.com’s HIP – a predictive analytic which gauges monthly overall business conditions for hotels – stalled, posting a nil growth rate in September after a flat performance at a rate of 0 percent in August. The index is set to equal 100 in 2010. (Travel Agent Central)

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Uber brings five-star rating system to UberEATS app

UberEATS, Uber’s standalone app for on-demand food delivery, has added in-app restaurant reviews in order to help people make more informed decisions about what to eat. “We had heard from our consumers for a long time that they were interested in more information in general to help them make a decision of which restaurant to eat at,” UberEATS Product Manager Ambika Krishnamachar told me at Uber’s SF headquarters earlier this week. (TechCrunch)

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CEO Suzanne Greco’s Fresh Look for Subway

Her brother Fred DeLuca started the sandwich chain more than 50 years ago. Now Subway CEO Suzanne Greco is ready to take it to the next level. (QSR)

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Foursquare data reveals the most popular fast-food chain in every state — and America has a clear winner

Foursquare released data to reveal the most popular fast-food chain in every state. The data analyzed the number of visits and locations in that state. (Business Insider)

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Hotel Industry Is Increasingly Impacted by Shifting Political Winds

Hotels used to be gauged by the campaign strategy that won the presidency for Bill Clinton: it’s the economy, stupid. Nowadays, politics may determine their future. The latest upheaval came with the arrest over the weekend of billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, whose Kingdom Holding Co. is co-owner of Four Seasons Hotels Ltd. and New York’s Plaza Hotel. (Skift)

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Wendy’s makes big push into delivery

Add The Wendy’s Co. to the growing list of restaurant chains making a huge push on delivery. The Dublin, Ohio-based quick-service chain on Wednesday said it is planning to expand its delivery partnership with Door Dash to 2,500 locations in 48 markets by the end of the year. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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NRA applauds, others protest House joint employer act passage

The U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday passed the Save Local Business Act, a decision that the National Restaurant Association described as a win for restaurant owners, though many small business and labor advocates disagree. “We strongly applaud Congress for standing up for restaurants and small businesses across the country,” Cicely Simpson, EVP of Public Affairs, National Restaurant Association, said in a press statement. (QSRweb)

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Online ordering boosts bottom line for restaurants

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Black Sheep opened in Providence a few months ago, and foot traffic often fills the new Westminster Street restaurant. But online ordering is also an important part of the business, according to Oscar Worthington, one of Black Sheep’s owners. (WPRI 12)

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Finding the Right Balance: Three Ways That Hotels Can Automate Without Losing Their Personal Touch

Global peer to peer rental giant AirBnB recently earned the top spot on CNBC’s Disruptor 50 list, and in March of this year, after raising another $1B in funding, was estimated to be worth the same as traditional hotel groups Hilton and Hyatt combined. Despite legal issues in tourist hotspots including New York and Barcelona, the company remains extremely popular, putting traditional hotels on the ropes with it’s wide range of homely and affordable accommodation options, as well as a level of automated convenience which appeals to more independant travellers. (Hospitality Net)

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Data: What diners want from customization

As customization and technology evolve, so do consumer opinions about sharing their information in order to personalize the restaurant experience. Find out what consumers think about customization based on order history, according to a survey by CivicScience and Facebook. (Nation’s Restaurant News)