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August 21, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
The fight for higher fast-food wages is coming to Los Angeles. Just a few days before Labor Day, restaurant workers plan to walk off the job at big-name chains around Southern California to demand $15-an-hour pay, according to organizers. The protests, part of a nationwide day of strikes called for Aug. 29, would be the latest in a series of one-day, rolling walkouts that have occurred in major cities in recent weeks. Workers have picketed McDonald's, KFC and Taco Bell and other restaurants during peak mealtimes to demand better pay and the right to organize.
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BUSINESS
July 29, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
The Fig & Olive restaurant chain drips with foodie cred. The eateries, which started in Manhattan, feature fancy olive oils and celebrity sightings. An average diner's check easily breaches $50. The Mediterranean-inspired cuisine is the antithesis of quick-stop mall chow. But come November, a Fig & Olive will open in a 12,000-square-foot space at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, beating out 50 others for the prime spot away from the main shopping plaza. There will be ocean views, a garden with a fireplace, wine shelves and a white room inspired by the Cote d'Azur.
BUSINESS
July 29, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Hundreds of fast food workers around the country are walking off their jobs Monday to raise support for $15-an-hour pay. Advocacy groups such as Fast Food Forward organized strikes in New York City, Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Mo., and Flint, Mich., to protest the $7.25 federal minimum wage. Demonstrators, coming from jobs in mega-chains such as McDonald's and KFC, are also seeking the right to form unions without retaliation. Strikes from industry workers have intensified in recent months.
NEWS
July 25, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
S. Irene Virbila has been a restaurant critic at the L.A. Times for almost 20 years; she's been writing about food for even longer. Her reviews have won awards from the James Beard Foundation and the American Food Journalists, and she's known, of course, for her excellent taste. But just for grins, we've asked her to expand her horizons and sample fast food on a regular basis. Here's her first foray (she's a fast food virgin) into the world of salt, grease and sugar: Walking fast toward my gate (which airport escapes me)
BUSINESS
July 25, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Though fast-food restaurants tout that a large proportion of their managers started in entry-level positions, a report released Thursday by the National Employment Law Project finds that few fast-food workers join management ranks.   The group, which advocates on behalf of low-wage workers, said there is limited opportunity for advancement at fast-food restaurants. Analyzing data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the report found that about 2% of jobs in the industry are classified as "managerial, professional or technical occupations.
BUSINESS
July 22, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
McDonald's Corp. has mustered up healthful new food options, sparkling restaurant remodels and targeted marketing efforts. But satisfactory sales are still off the menu. The world's largest burger chain reported a 4% boost to $1.4 billion in second-quarter profit that missed Wall Street's forecasts. Same-store sales at U.S. restaurants open more than a year were down in June. Globally, McDonald's expects them to be flat in July. And at the rate it's going, the company's results for the rest of 2013 "are expected to remain challenged," Chief Executive Don Thompson said in a conference call with analysts Monday.
BUSINESS
June 17, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Expect self-serve kiosks at fast-food restaurants and more part-time workers as the Affordable Care Act continues rolling out, according to Andy Puzder, chief executive of CKE Restaurants Inc. Also, don't expect many more of CKE's Carl's Jr. restaurants to open in California, Puzder said in a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal .  The 62-year-old CEO has been a vocal critic of President Obama's signature healthcare law, pulling...
NEWS
May 31, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Wouldn't it be great to just walk around with a burger in your face at all times, without the stress of actually having to hold it? If you can't find the strength it takes to bring a burger to your lips, Burger King's hands-free Whopper holder is here to help. To celebrate its 50th anniversary in Puerto Rico, the fast-food chain gave away 50 hands-free Whopper holders, reported Fox News. The holders went to the members of the Burger King loyalty program with the 50 highest scores.
NEWS
April 20, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
You can have almost anything delivered to your door. If you're craving pizza and wings with breadsticks at midnight, that's easy. Fresh sushi? Done. You can even order an entire week's worth of groceries. And the next time you need a Whopper, you can have Burger King deliver too -- if you live in Glendale. A Burger King franchise location in Glendale is piloting a new delivery program for the fast-food brand. Franchise owner Bob Stevens, who owns eight Burger King locations, began taking delivery orders at his store on North Central Avenue on April 9. Stevens' location is the first in California to deliver.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2013 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
When John Galardi saw a man hosing down the parking lot of a modest Mexican restaurant in Pasadena, he asked for work. Galardi was young and broke, a college student freshly arrived from Missouri and looking for anything to help him scrape by. It turned out that he asked the right man. Glen Bell Jr. was a young up-and-comer who liked the spark he saw in Galardi and mentored him for a few years while starting his eponymous chain, Taco Bell....
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