August 26, 2013 |
The sense of malaise settling over much of the restaurant industry seems to have missed a spot: the still-growing fast-casual segment that includes chains such as Chipotle Mexican Grill and Panera Bread. A new report from researchers at the NPD Group found that the number of upscale quick-service eateries - known for higher service levels, better-quality food and larger check sizes than their fast food cousins - grew 7% in the year ended in May. Foot traffic into such establishments rose 9% as customer visits to the restaurant industry as a whole stagnated.
July 29, 2013 |
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.
July 10, 2013 |
To know one California Pizza Kitchen restaurant is to know them all - the black-and-tan booths, low-pile carpeting and acrylic panels. Now, the 28-year-old mall staple known for a pervasive sense of sameness is undergoing what its CEO calls a "de-chaining," upgrading its image and menu to be more individual, relevant and attractive to foodies. The brand, known as CPK, is opening a prototype eatery Wednesday in the Westfield Topanga mall in Canoga Park, its first new location near its Los Angeles home base in five years.
June 28, 2013 |
Chief executives at the nation's top restaurant companies earn more in a single morning than the average minimum-wage cook, dishwasher or server does in an entire year, according to research from the Economic Policy Institute. Last year, head honchos at major eatery chains reeled in $11,884,000 on average, including options, according to the institute. In 2008, they made roughly $3 million in overall compensation. When Don Thompson took over as McDonald's Corp. CEO last year, he got a 26% raise to a $1.1-million base salary.
May 18, 2013 |
When Jaime Martin del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu opened their Bell restaurant 15 years ago, some customers wondered if they knew how to cook. Accustomed to Mexican food laden with sour cream, melted cheddar cheese and mild salsa that has long been served up in the Los Angeles area, patrons balked at eating La Casita Mexicana's enchiladas covered in pumpkin seed mole, cotija cheese and red onions. Many of the doubters, to the restaurateurs' surprise, were Mexican American. Regional Mexican cooking isn't a tough sell anymore.
March 7, 2013 |
As a doctor, Jonathan Tam has a message for San Gabriel Valley residents: Eat your vegetables. Farm Cuisine, his new organic restaurant in Monterey Park, is trying to get cost-conscious Chinese diners to buy healthful organic takes on traditional Chinese dishes. But the pricier meals are a tough sell in the heavily Asian American valley, where more than 500 Chinese restaurants are in a pitched battle to offer authentic dishes at ever lower prices. JOIN A LIVE DISCUSSION AT 4 P.M. PT Area restaurants wear B and C food-safety grades like badges of honor, and diners line up for cheap fried pork dumplings and dim sum at $2 a plate.