What McDonald’s Minimum-Wage Hike Means for QSR Brands
1851 Franchise 7/12
The fast-food behemoth has committed to reaching a $15/hour minimum wage in all corporate-owned stores by 2024. Will other QSR brands have to follow suit?
‘Not Worth It’: LA Restaurants Boost Pay To Lure Wary Workers
International Business Times 7/10
Businesses have reopened in Los Angeles and elsewhere in the United States, with “We’re hiring” signs everywhere. But if life has a pre-Covid feel, a new challenge has arisen for restaurants: workers are not willing to return at any cost.
Food Industry Policy
Restaurant Revitalization Fund Leaves Behind More Questions than Answers
FSR Magazine 7/12
The Restaurant Revitalization Fund was hailed as a banner win for operators—the culmination of months of lobbying and pleas from decimated restaurants across America. The first industry-dedicated program since COVID-19 slapped an unprecedented vice on dine-in service.
The Garden Club hopes to keep its outdoor dining area
The Daily Journal 7/12
Like many businesses that made it through the pandemic, the Garden Club, a restaurant in South San Francisco serving burgers, sandwiches and other casual fare, has faced many challenges since March of last year.
On the Side
Popular Bay Area restaurateurs are flocking to an unexpected city: Walnut Creek
San Francisco Chronicle 7/13
Not too long ago, Walnut Creek’s restaurant scene was dominated by lackluster chains, but that’s changing fast: Many Bay Area restaurateurs, from San Francisco to Oakland to Napa, are choosing the city as their next expansion spot, citing its vibrant downtown neighborhood, destination shopping and affluent residents eager to spend their money in town.
Dayparts to Recover Differently in Restaurant Comeback, Report Shows
QSR Magazine 7/12
The U.S. restaurant industry has shown remarkable resiliency, having lost as much as 35 percent of visits at the beginning of the pandemic, but it still has a ways to go to get back to pre-pandemic levels, according to The NPD Group.