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Starbucks opens its first bakery with more to come

Starbucks, a regular stop for the coffee-and-muffin crowd in the morning, is taking a significant step toward becoming a bigger player when it comes to lunch and dinner. Starbucks announced it is opening its first high-end Italian bakery at its Starbucks Reserve Roastery location in its hometown of Seattle on Tuesday. (USA Today)

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FDA publishes more menu labeling guidance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday published guidance for its frequently delayed rules requiring restaurants and grocery stores to put calorie counts on their menus next May. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb also reiterated his intent to not delay the rules any longer. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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New app lets restaurants better serve people with autism, Alzheimer’s

BOSTON – Going out to eat should be a time to relax and have fun with family and friends. For someone with autism, dementia or PTSD, going to a restaurant can be a hit or miss proposition. (Boston 25 News)

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Restaurant Roundtable: Restaurateurs, Panetta discuss challenges to doing business

Monterey >> The 100th Restaurant Roundtable, a gathering of restaurateurs and lawmakers, was held last week at the Sardine Factory in Monterey, attended by guest speaker Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Carmel Valley, and local business owners. The California Restaurant Association, the National Restaurant Association and Ted Balestreri, chairman and CEO of the Cannery Row Company and co-owner of the Sardine Factory, hosted the event with about 22 people in attendance. (Monterey Herald)

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Business Community Makes Final Push to End Obama-Era Franchise Rule

The business community is ramping up its efforts to underscore the dangers of a recently expanded contracting rule ahead of a congressional vote Tuesday intended to reverse it. The joint-employer standard determines whether an employer is legally responsible for the employees of a company it contracts with. (Inside Sources)

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How shifting laws on tip-pooling could affect hotels

U.S. Department of Labor regulations currently prohibit employers from setting up tip-pooling arrangements for employees who are not customarily tipped, such as back-of-the-house staff. But that could change. (Hotel News Now)

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Choice Hotels’ Q3 illuminates technology, franchising innovations

Choice Hotels International’s ambitions lie beyond hospitality. That was the clear takeaway from the company’s Q3 2017 earnings call, where newly minted president and CEO Pat Pacious described Choice’s place in the hospitality ecosystem. (Hotel Management)

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Chefs put sardines in the spotlight

Sardines are becoming more prevalent on restaurant menus as US chefs embrace both fresh and high quality canned versions, according to the Sterling-Rice Group. “I love sardines because they are an oily, strong-flavored fish that stand up well to bold flavors,” said Erin Lingle, who serves sardines several ways at her Spanish restaurant, Mola, in Washington, D.C. (Washington Post)

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Why Cities Are Working With Businesses to Fight Food Waste

American cities have a trash problem: there’s too much of it, and not enough places to put it. Even Nashville, which stores its waste in nearby Rutherford County, is going to have a reckoning when that landfill reaches capacity—which is expected to happen in the next few years. (CityLab)

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15 food and beverage trends to expect in 2018

As fast as the foodservice industry is changing, predicting trends can be a tough venture, but restaurant industry consultancy Andrew Freeman & Company is looking ahead to 2018 with its annual presentation of trends. “Change is here to stay, and this year’s top trends reflect the industry’s acceptance of this state,” the company said. (Restaurant Hospitality)

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Hyatt shares hit high on hotel sale strategy

Shares in Hyatt Hotels surged to an all-time high this morning after the company reported better-than-expected earnings and unveiled a plan to sell a bunch of hotels. Chicago-based Hyatt, which is controlled by the billionaire Pritzker family, said it would sell $1.5 billion of real estate over the next three years, a move that would free up cash to be returned to shareholders. (Crain’s)

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Yum stock surges on Pizza Hut performance

Yum! Brands Inc.’s stock rose more than 6 percent on Thursday on improving results at Pizza Hut and the company’s better-than-expected earnings performance. The Louisville, Ky.-based company, which also owns KFC and Taco Bell, said Pizza Hut’s U.S. same-store sales were flat in the third quarter ended Sept. 30. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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Millennials love wine so much the industry is changing how it’s made

FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. – Having a glass of wine with dinner is a nightly ritual for many, but it turns out that more millennial couples are coming home and having almost an entire bottle. It’s a trend wine makers are tracking. (YourCentralValley.com)

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Fast-food chains like Taco Bell, Chipotle and Shake Shack use alcohol to attract crowds

Apparently, the fast-food industry needs a stiff drink. An increasing number of chain restaurants, such as Taco Bell and Chipotle Mexican Grill, are serving alcohol to lure in new customers who might otherwise go elsewhere to get beer, wine or cocktails. (USA)

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CAN BETTER BARS SAVE HOTELS FROM AIRBNB?

“Airbnb is a mortal threat to the U.S. hotel industry.” This dramatic proclamation was delivered by legendary American entrepreneur, hotelier, and real estate developer Ian Schrager, the mind behind both Studio 54 and our current boutique hotel boom, in a piece for the WSJ online. (VinePair)