February: Most Challenging Month for the Restaurant Industry. Again.

The year continues to be disappointing for the restaurant industry as February again resulted in negative same-store sales. This represents the third consecutive month in which this key metric has shown decreasing sales, which hasn’t occurred in over three...

The Polar Vortex Wallops Restaurant Spending

[img id=”1″ align=”right”] After a disappointing end to last year, 2014 began with the restaurant industry still showing signs of weakness as it continues to struggle with declining same-store sales and guest counts. This situation was...

Super Bowl: Touchdown for Restaurants in Host Cities?

[img id=”1″ align=”right”] When it comes analyzing the effect of the Super Bowl on the restaurant industry, usually the discussion centers on the boon experienced by those concepts that deliver pizza or where people can go pick up their chicken...

Consistency: Last Refuge of the Unimaginative?

Oscar Wilde once said that consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative. I’m pretty sure he never ran a restaurant. I suppose it’s true that consistency is sometimes associated with being conservative or lacking flair. With thousands of messages vying for our...

Brighter Outlook for Restaurant Salaries and Benefits Packages in 2014

This week, People Report launched the sale of its 2013 Corporate Compensation and Benefits Survey (CCBS). Results of this annual survey answer the key questions: Are restaurant employees’ compensation and benefits package competitive? Do restaurants offer hourly...