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The New Age of Hotel Amenities

The cutting edge of hotel amenities in 2018 covers a lot of ground. Where there was once a utilitarian lobby, there’s now space for guests to hang out with their electronics. (Commercial Property Executive)

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25 promos springing up this Easter

With Easter falling on April 1 this year, restaurants are lining up all sorts of promotions to attract customers during the holiday weekend, including Sunday brunch, egg-based dishes, themed desserts and lots of Peeps. See what restaurants have in store for Easter. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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Trump tax cuts trigger McDonald’s expanded education perks

Driven by President Trump’s corporate tax cut, McDonald’s is tripling its tuition perks for eligible employees as part of a plan to allocate $150 million over five years to help workers further their education. The Oak Brook, Ill.-based quick-service operator said Thursday it will increase tuition assistance for eligible restaurant workers from $700 to $2,500 a year. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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10 tips for rocking your restaurant’s soundtrack

Music in your restaurant helps set the mood. But unless you’re in the mood for lawsuits, malfunctioning sound systems, mismatched music or worse, there are some things to consider. The internet has made it easier than ever to curate a great sound — moving restaurant operators away from physical CDs and into the realm of the Cloud. But it’s not as simple as opening a music app and hitting “play.” (Restaurant Hospitality)

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Weekly Update: It’s Now Legal to Tip Pool with Heart-of-the-House Employees

It’s Now Legal to Tip Pool with Heart-of-the-House Employees On March 23, Congress passed funding legislation that included repealing the tip pool rule that barred certain employers from setting up tip-pooling

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Tip pool victory bridges heart-of-house wage gap

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact Jillian Henze, senior communications manager,, 360-956-7279 ext. 124 Tip pool victory bridges heart-of-house wage gap in restaurant industry (OLYMPIA, WASH., APRIL 2, 2018) –

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Putting Your Hotel at the Forefront of Innovation

These days, travel is anything but ‘standard’. With the steady rise in boutique hotels, unique accommodations, innovative technology, luxury travel brands and a personalized guest experience, the hospitality industry has evolved into a truly exciting landscape. (Hospitality Net)

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Restaurants work (and play) to attract customers with kids

It used to be that restaurants had to please moms to attract families. But today, it’s all about the kids. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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Heritage High School students ditch electricity, running water for cooking competition

Heritage — Students from Heritage High School traveled to Spokane on March 10 for a cooking competition with a twist: they couldn’t use running water or electricity. The students had to cook a three-course meal in 60 minutes using butane burners as part of the ProStart Invitational, which was hosted by the Washington Hospitality Association. (The Columbian)

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Major grant awarded to Education Foundation

The Washington Hospitality Association Education Foundation received great news today! The state Department of Commerce announced three winners of the Skilled Worker Awareness grant. The Education Foundation was awarded more

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Tip Pooling – HERO Manual

On March 23, 2018, Congress passed critical funding legislation that included repealing the tip pool rule that barred certain employers from setting up tip-pooling arrangements under which tipped employees can share

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With Hotels Becoming Social Spots, More Private Spaces for Guests

Lobbies and rooftop bars are popular with people who don’t book rooms. So properties are creating spaces like libraries that are open only to guests. (New York Times)

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Appeal of authentic global flavors can help drive sales of regional Latin snack foods

Consumer interest in snacking, street food and authentic international cuisine is creating opportunities for foodservice operators to entice diners with regional Hispanic snacks, according to a report from Technomic and the J.M. Smucker Company. Items that already have a high penetration on US menus — such as tacos — are most likely to have appeal for US diners. (SmartBrief)

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America’s secret suburban food scenes

While it may seem like all the best restaurants are concentrated in big cities like New York, San Francisco and Portland, Ore., the suburbs surrounding certain metropolises are giving their adjacent cities a run for their money. From fine dining to fast casual to robust ethnic offerings, the suburbs often offer what the urban city can’t: space, parking and a table without a two-hour wait. (USA Today)

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McDonald’s forms council to improve chicken welfare

McDonald’s has formed a council dedicated to helping the chain meet its chicken welfare and sustainability goals, the company announced Monday. The newly formed Chicken Sustainability Advisory Council is composed of a consortium of experts including key suppliers, experts in genetics, sustainability advisors like FAI Farms and university academics. (Nation’s Restaurant News)