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  • April 2015 Newsletter

    April 21, 2015 | , , , , , ,

    Greetings! It wasn’t so long ago that a number of operators banned “foodstagramming” in their restaurants (of course, some still encourage guests to turn off their cell phones when they’re dining). Now, of course, most have either embraced Instagram or given in to the fact that certain people will take pictures of their food no matter what. But there’s no denying that the food porn trend goes beyond simple photography—in fact, it could be argued that Instagram and all the other social media are accelerating what is already the crazy-fast adoption of new food trends. And there’s also the ever-present....

    Restaurants Pass Healthcare Costs to Guests

    April 18, 2015 | , ,

      Last week while on a Discovery Tour in Los Angeles with a lovely, well-known client we are not yet able to disclose, we spotted a restaurant human resources practice that’s been popping up across the country and Los Angeles in recent years: Service surcharges, up to 4.5%, that allow the restaurant to provide its employees with healthcare coverage.   A number of restaurants in San Francisco have been tacking on a dollar per guest long b