August 20, 2010 |
With consumers and businesses keeping a lid on expenses, more and more small and mid-size restaurants are throwing in their dish towels and closing up shop. Southern California lost nearly a thousand more restaurants than it gained during the 12 months that ended in March, representing a net 2% drop that was twice the national average, according to the New York research firm NPD Group. Nearly all the closings were among independently owned restaurants: small, family businesses that just couldn't hold on as customers held back.
July 17, 2013 |
Restaurants fueled a 27,910 rise in franchise jobs in June, according to a report released Wednesday by a national payroll processor. About 75% of private-sector franchise jobs added last month were from restaurants, the ADP National Franchise Report found. It's an increase over the 19,160 jobs added in May. “Restaurants can be credited for the majority of the growth and are followed by, to a lesser extent, gas stations [and] auto repair shops, business services and accommodations,” Ahu Yildirmaz, senior director of the ADP Research Institute, said in a statement.
April 22, 2011 |
Celebrities spend a lot of time in bars and restaurants, and many of them seem compelled to eventually own one. Drawing a crowd is certainly easier with a big name attached, but why would a famous actor or musician want the hassle? Tax write-off? Vanity project? Most likely, hospitality is in the DNA of any great entertainer. "For people in the industry, a big part of the draw is working with creative minds, so an obvious perk is enjoying that off the clock. Think back to the Rat Pack — the idea of powerhouses in a protected space at a table for drinks and great food.
November 5, 2010
If you go THE BEST WAY TO KRAKOW, POLAND From LAX, connecting service (change of planes) is available on Lufthansa, United, Alitalia and Air Tahiti Nui. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $475. TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 48 (country code for Poland), then the local number. WHAT TO DO Schindler Factory Museum, 4 Lipowa St., Krakow; http://www.mhk.pl/oddzialy/fabryka_schindlera . Admission $5 WHERE TO STAY Hotel Abel, 30 Jozefa St., Krakow; 12-411-8736, http://www.
December 12, 2012 |
You've got gifts covered for your significant other, your best friend and your mom. But what about the mailman? The gardener? The poor, neglected schoolteacher? That's where tipping comes in. Compared to last year 88% of Americans plan to tip the same amount in 2012, according to a new survey of 1,719 people from Zagat. Nearly half do it to express their gratitude for services. Four in 10 tip to reward hard work and valuable help. Ten percent of Americans tip out of obligation, while 1% are pressured into it out of fear of backlash.
December 29, 2010 |
The bubbly may sparkle on New Year's Eve at the nation's restaurants, but business itself is expected to be essentially flat ? despite signs the economy is improving. Nationwide, restaurants are expecting a 1% drop in patrons Dec. 31 compared to last year. That's about the same amount of decline in business for all of 2010, according to the NPD Group. Todd Johnson, general manager of Lawry's the Prime Rib in Beverly Hills, said his restaurant is offering patrons a champagne toast at midnight, but no extravagant party.
October 15, 2012 |
Sick of being served a meal at your favorite restaurant against a backdrop of wailing phones, pulsating texts and gabby fellow diners? So are most other patrons. On average, 61% of American diners surveyed say it's inappropriate for restaurant customers to text, email, tweet or talk on their mobile phones while eating out, according to a new report from Zagat . That's down slightly from the last two years, when 63% of customers surveyed said phone use was a concern. Patrons are the least lenient in Connecticut, where 71% deemed such phone use to be a faux pas, according to the survey.
February 12, 2012
If you find Yelp and Urbanspoon - let alone Foodspotting - to be too much work when you're searching for great restaurants in a new town, try a robot. Name: Alfred Available for: Android, iPhone, iPad What it does: This app analyzes your likes and recommends restaurants based on your previous favorites. Cost: Free What's hot: You don't have to spend ages in its initial quiz for Alfred to figure out what you like. ("Hi. I'm Alfred!
September 4, 2010 |
Business is brisk at the Aburi Itsu restaurant, a great relief for fifth-generation owner Michimasu Takayasu. The reason: The eatery specializes in eel, or unagi. The fish is hugely popular in Japan, especially in hot weather, when the delicacy is believed to boost sagging energy. Dishes are prepared by chefs specially trained in eel cooking: They scoop the squirming fish out of restaurant tanks, deftly slice off the heads, soak the rest in a soy sauce mixture and broil it to perfection over hot coals.