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A National Soft Drink Tax?

A National Tax On Soft Drinks?

Soft drinks are “liquid candy” that provide no known nutritional benefit to the people who consume them, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), an advocacy group.  The epidemic of obesity that has swept the United States in the past 25 years, especially among children, is in part due to soft […]

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Handheld Ordering: The Wave of the Future

Motorola Makes Tableside Ordering Easy

Motorola recently released a case study highlighting the latest in restaurant POS system technology: handheld, wireless ordering systems for servers.  The handheld device is about twice as big as a BlackBerry, and connects directly into the restaurant’s POS software via a wireless connection. The case study focuses on Sam’s Chowder House in the San Francisco […]

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FDA 2009 Food Code

The Skinny On The FDA’s 2009 Food Code

The Food and Drug Administration has officially released an updated Food Code for the first time since 2005.  The Food Code details procedures for implementing a food safety program in any food service environment, from grocery stores to fine dining restaurants.  The agency updates the code every four years to accommodate new developments and address […]

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Subway's $5 Footlong Promotion

Do Price Reductions Dilute Your Restaurant’s Brand?

In a very well written post on titled “Self-Fulfilling Prophecies,” the author examined in-depth the price reduction strategies the owners of the two restaurants where he works have employed over the last year.  The main point revolved around how cut-rate specials were bringing in more traffic (although not more than before the recession) but […]

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Politically incorrect?  Or just an immigrant's attempt to honor the President?

Obama Fried Chicken Stand To Change Name

A fried chicken stand in Brooklyn, NY changed its name recently from Royal Fried Chicken to Obama Fried Chicken in honor of the United States’ 44th President.  The stand’s owner, who remained anonymous but was represented by employee Mohammed Jabbar, thought the renaming would celebrate President Obama’s election and create goodwill in the neighborhood. Unfortunately, […]

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precision pours

How To Cut Bar Inventory Losses 20%

We’ve all been there.  The bartender is super busy and splashes some alcohol in your glass before topping it off with whatever mixer goes with your drink – and you end up with a strong one or a weak one.  And of course flirty girls and good tippers regularly expect – and get – a […]

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Please, God, say it isn't so

Man Who Wanted To Be A Hooter’s Girl Settles Class Action Suit

Local man Nikolai Grushevski brought a class action lawsuit against a Hooter’s franchise in Corpus Christi, Texas after the restaurant passed on hiring him as a waiter, who are also known as the Hooter’s Girls.  Grushevski’s lawyer claimed he was proud to have stood up for his rights under the Equal Opportunity Employment Act. Hooter’s […]

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