Every week we’re rounding up some of our favorite articles with trends and tidbits from the world of restaurants. Tell us: what made your reading list this week?
The Power Issue – Eater
How does an average person (read: non-influencer) raise big bucks to open a restaurant? Are expensive PR firms worth the money? What’s the appeal of an exclusive, private club-style restaurant? Eater editors explore the myriad, complex dynamics of power in the restaurant world in their latest issue, which – as those dynamics are increasingly acknowledged and challenged – feels more relevant than ever.
Restaurants Take Aim at Improving Manager Turnover Rates – CNBC
Longer manager tenures correspond to higher restaurant sales, but manager retention poses an ongoing struggle for operators. Find out how chains like Shake Shack are testing higher compensation and shorter work weeks to land on a strategy that works. (After you feel inspired, check out Toast’s piece on how to be a good manager.)
Is Seattle’s Booming Restaurant Scene Showing Signs of Slowing? – The Seattle Times
In the city that bred icons such as Canlis, Spinasse, and Edouardo Jordan’s widely celebrated Junebaby, mom-and-pops have started to shutter due to the high costs of doing business. It’s a familiar story nationally of gentrification and competition, but Seattle makes for a particularly illustrative example – and one worth watching in the months to come.
DOL Sets Strict Definition of ‘Joint Employer’ – Restaurant Business
A new rule from the Department of Labor specifies exactly when a franchisor is liable for the compensation polities and scheduling practices of its franchisees, in a move to reduce confusion that has led to lawsuits. The ruling takes effect in 60 days, so in the meantime, read on to learn if your business meets the requirements.